Undergraduate Studies

  • Undergraduate Studies:

The standard Brazilian undergraduate degree, styled “bacharelado”, is awarded in most fields of arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, or natural sciences, and normally requires 4 years of post-secondary studies at a certified university. Students who wish to qualify as secondary school teachers must complete a separate licentiate (“licenciatura”) degree course, which, like a “bacharelado”, also has a normal length of 4 years, but has a stronger emphasis on teaching methods and pedagogy. There is also a graduate in technology (whose graduates are called technologists), which emphasizes professional education geared to the labor market and the development of studies in the area of technology, especially in health, information technology, engineering, and management. The degree in technology normally requires two to four years of studies in a certified university or college. The technologist degree is an undergraduate diploma equivalent to a bachelor, but with difference in the academic focus.

Five-year degrees leading to a professional diploma are awarded in select state-regulated careers such as architecture, engineering, veterinary medicine, psychology, and law. The professional degree in medicine requires in turn six years of full-time post-secondary studies. Residence, a two to five-year internship in a teaching hospital, is not mandatory, but is pursued anyway by many professionals, especially those who wish to specialize in a given area.[1]

Additional information specific to Business Programs:

 

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Typical admissions criteria: Grades on admission contest (Vestibular) and Grades on the national exam of high school performance (ENEM). A previous high school degree is mandatory.
    • Typical duration: This degree corresponds to a curriculum of at least 3,000 hours which are offered in at least 4 years as recommends a resolution from the Federal Minister of Education.[2]
    • Offered by (institution types): Public, Community, Private Universities and Independent Schools.
    • Statistics:
    • Additional Information: “Bacharelado em Administração” is the award obtained. Programs can add to the degree and major in one sub-theme of the academic area as International Businesses; Human Resources; Marketing; etc…
    •  Bachelor of Technology
      • Typical admissions criteria: Grades on admission contest (Vestibular) and Grades on the national exam of high school performance (ENEM). A previous high school degree is mandatory.
      • Typical duration: This degree corresponds to a curriculum of at least 1,600 hours which are offered generally in 2 to 3 years.
      • Offered by (institution types): Public, Community and Private Universities and Independent Schools.
      • Statistics:
      • Additional Information: The Federal Minister of Education had encouraged programs offering Bachelor in Technology degrees. In 2012, the Minister published a catalog of Bachelor in Technology programs as a way to inspire the high education national system to launch new programs.[3]


[2] MEC (2007). Resolution nº 2, June, 18th, 2007. In http://portal.mec.gov.br/cne/arquivos/pdf/2007/rces002_07.pdf.

 

[3]  MEC (2010). Catálogo Nacional de Cursos Superiores de Tecnologia. In http://portal.mec.gov.br/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=7237&Itemid