Incoming / Exchange Students

FAUUSP receives students from partner institutions abroad for one or two semesters, depending on the nature of the agreement between the institutions. FAUUSP receives students of Architecture and Design courses.
The courses of Architecture and Urbanism and Design at FAUUSP last five years. The Architecture course has classes in the morning and afternoon (from 08h00 to 18h00) and the Design course is in the night (19h00 to 22h30).
About the USP credits : 1 credit class is 15 hours and 1 credit work, 30 hours. The home institution, upon return of the student, makes an analysis of the credits and hours completed by the student during the exchange, to account for them in their own system.
FAUUSP’s academic year begins at the beginning of the year, usually at the end of February. The academic calendar can be accessed at Jupiterweb:


To apply for an exchange student at FAU, the home institution must make her / him NOMINATION online via the Mundus system (
Having been NOMINATED by her / him home institution, the exchange student will receive an email with instructions to complete their application to Mundus. It is the student’s duty to provide the necessary documentation.
Note: Acceptance will depend on the number of students interested in the semester, since the agreement provides for the mutual exchange of the same number of students between the institutions.


For the first semester (February to June): online registration from 01 August until 15 October
For the second semester (August to December): online registration from 01 March until 05 May

Necessary documents

A digital – and readable – copy of the following documents will be required for registration:

  1. – Letter of recommendation written by a home university professor;
  2. Learning Agreement (signed and stamped by home university);
  3. – Official transcript of records and its simple translation into Portuguese (signed and stamped by the home university);
  4. – Copy of passport page containing personal data (must be valid for USP exchange period);
  5. – A face photo in “.jpg” format (size 50Kb).

Portuguese Course for Foreigners
There is no formal requirement of prior knowledge of Portuguese, but all classes are taught in the language. The FFLCH Language Center offers a semester course of Portuguese for Foreigners. Information by the site or by the email:

In addition to this course, USP offers an online Portuguese course:

Scholarships and Costs

USP is a free and public institution that receives foreign students without school fees. Therefore, it does not offer scholarships.


The University does not have accommodation for foreign students. For exchange students, it is recommended that students seek information in the Info Housing program. Or sign up for the USP iFriend program.


At USP there are the University Restaurants, known as “Bandejões”. The Trays offer breakfast, lunch and dinner to the USP community. The price of meals can be found at the link below:


More information about exchange at USP can be obtained from the AUCANI (USP National and International Academic Cooperation Agency) website: