Exchange Program-Brazil

Universidade do Sul De Santa Catarina (UNISUL)

Founded in 1964, UNISUL is a prestigious private university, situated in the south of Brazil in the state of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis. It has four campuses located on the island of Florianópolis. UNISUL has about 25,000 students attending over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.  The undergraduate student exchange program was initiated with UNISUL in 2004.

Florianópolis, the state capital, was considered by a United Nations survey, to have the second best quality of life among Brazilian cities. Florianópolis has the second highest per capita income in the country. The city has about 342.000 inhabitants.

Location:  Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil


Academics Available:  UNISUL is open to the following majors: TIM, Computer Science, Communications, International Relations and Business Administration.  View the course list to see what classes taught in English are available.

We also have more detailed information on the following courses from UNISUL: Advanced Portuguese Language, Beginning Portuguese Language, Consumer Behavior, Cultural Anthropology with a Contemporary Cultural Studies Approach, Ethnicity and Society in the History and Culture of Brazil, Intercultural Development for US Students Abroad, Intermediate Portuguese Language, International Business: Doing Business in Brazil, International Economics in the Age of Globalization, Intro to Luso Brazilian Literature, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Principles of Entrepreneurship, Tourism Management and Environment in Brazil

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Portuguese “Crash Course”

See Melissa Matsubara

June – July

Fall Semester

June 5

August – December  

Spring Semester

December 5

February – July   

Winter Term*

See Melissa Matsubara

December – January

Winter Term only available for TIM internships

** Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Familiarity with Portuguese suggested

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application and medical form, you can find more information in the procedures manual. 
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Credit Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations:  Upon arrival students can be placed by UNISUL in a hotel near their campus for one week and can then choose a Home-stay option or rent a place on their own.  Cost, depends upon type of room selected, ranges from R$300 to R$1000 per month. 

Currency:  The current conversion rate between the U.S. dollar and the Brazilian Reais can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  Student exchange participants apply for a visa through the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles.U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at

A brief description of the student visa process can be found at

HPU Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-9326, Fax: 1-808-544-9355

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