Where is UNINTER Internationalization department?
This department is situated at the Divina Providência Campus, on the ground floor (Rectory Building)
Do I have to be a UNINTER’s student to take part in the exchange programme?
Yes, students should be regularly enrolled in the undergraduate courses (Bachelor’s Degree, Licentiate Degree or Technological) or in the graduate specialization programme (Lato-sensu e Scrito-sensu), in face to face, hybrid or distance education modality. The exception is the Language Exchange Programme, which is opened for students, ex-students, teachers and UNINTER employees in general.
What kind of exchange programmes are offered by UNINTER?
UNINTER and BOLSA IBEROAMERICANAS EXCHANGE – The traditional exchange with partial or full use of the courses/disciplines studied abroad is the one in which students will spend one academic semester at a partner institution. Before the student goes on the exchange programme, a plan of study is created. This plan foresees which courses/disciplines the student is going to take abroad as well as the ones that may be validated after the student’s return. Master’s Degree Exchange Programme – These are Exchange Programmes, according to which the student may spend up to 90 days at a partner institution where he will develop his/her scientific research, according to the research line followed at UNINTER, aiming at the deepening and future conclusion of the Master’s degree course. Language Exchange Programme - These are short-term Exchange Programmes that last from 2 to 4 weeks and may be taken during vacation time, in which students, ex-students, teachers and employees will have an immersion in the culture and the language of the partner institution country.
Can I study at any university abroad?
The student can study at UNINTER partner universities.
And how about the situation of my enrollment at UNINTER?
During the Exchange programme, the student is exempted to pay UNINTER fees. In relation to the fees at the foreign university, he may not have to pay for them due to the partnership between both universities, but it depends on the partner university.
What are the expenses related to the Exchange Programme?
The student interested in studying abroad should be financially prepared for the following expenses:
- Student visa and the other documents required by the country of destination
- International health insurance
- Return ticket (round trip)
- Transportation abroad during the period of the Exchange programme.
- Didactic material (if there is any)
- Sightseeing tours
- Personal expenses.
How do I choose the university to attend?
You can check the partner universities in the following link: http://www.uninter.com/internacionalização/instituiçõesconveniadas
How can I find out if the partner university offers the course I would like to take?
You can search in the sites of the universities and try to find the courses and their respective syllabi. The coordinator of your course can instruct you about the most prominent areas of the universities.
How can I validate the disciplines/courses taken abroad?
On returning from the exchange programme, the student should require the validation of the disciplines/courses taken abroad through AVA, disciplines/courses exemption.
Can I work during the exchange programme?
Apart from a few exceptions, the foreign student’s visa does not permit working in the foreign country. For further information, check at the Consulate or Embassy in the country where you intend to study, the possibility to get an internship or to get a work. However, even if the visa permits working in the country abroad, the Internationalization WG recommends that the focus should be on the studies. Besides, you are entering the country with a student’s visa, so if working is not allowed, you must obey the local law and avoid risking your stay in the country.
How much money do I need to live abroad?
The amount of money to be taken varies, according to the cost of living in the country abroad.
Which language should I study to go on the exchange programme?
We recommend studying the language of the country where the student intends to go on the exchange programme, English, Spanish or any other. The applicant to the exchange programme should be prepared to study and to communicate using the foreign language in order to have better academic and personal achievement. This way, the student should have fluency in reading, writing and oral communication. Some universities require certificates from exams, such as TOEFL or IELTS, to show the student’s fluency in the foreign language. Check whether the university you intend to study requires such certificates.
On arriving at the university abroad, what am I supposed to do?
Go to the International Relations Department and present the following documents:
- Passaport (original and copy);
- Health insurance, accident insurance and civil responsibility insurance
- Your acceptance letter, sent by university abroad.
- It is important to follow the rules of the foreign university in order to enrol in the courses to be taken.
Can I go on touristic trips during the exchange programme?
Yes, but in a moderate way. The exchange student should focus on the studies as well as on the personal and professional growth.
What are the main difficulties I can face in the exchange programme?
Learning the language in the country of destination is fundamental, but the learning about the cultural aspects is also important so that you can have a better relationship with your colleagues. Information about the university will help you find out the annual calendar, the system of evaluation, the syllabi, the system of living inside the campus etc.
If I have difficulties during the exchange programme, what should I do?
It is very important to keep in touch with the Internationalization GW so that we can help you with information, emotional support and mediation between UNINTER and the partner institution.
If I decide to give up and not to go on with the programme, what should I do?
If the student decides to give up and not to take part in the International Exchange Programme any more, it is crucial to communicate this withdrawal urgently to UNINTER Internationalization GW so that any process may be cancelled. The late communication of withdrawal may cause economic responsibility as well as financial damage.
Does UNINTER offer exchange programmes with grants or scholarships?
The Internationalization WG offers grants just to the Master?s degree students. For this exchange programme, there are specific Call Notices. UNINTER does not offer grants or scholarships to undergraduate students, but according to the agreement with the partner institutions, for the undergraduate course, students entry is facilitated and they may not need to pay fees either at UNINTER or at the partner institution. Students are exempted from paying fees at UNINTER during the exchange period.
Where am I going to live?
The student can choose the kind of accommodation he/she prefers. The choices usually are: at the university campus, homestay with families or flats. Anyway, you can ask for assistance at the university abroad. Some foreign universities send to the exchange student all the information about the availability of accommodations.
How can I get further information about the exchange possibilities?
Information about courses, grants and scholarships abroad are better explained through Call Notices for applications at UNINTER Internationalization site.