Exchange Program-Brazil

Universidade Do Vale Do Itajai (UNIVALI)

Universidade do vale do itajai (UNIVALI) was established in 1964 in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil.  The university has many external campuses all over Santa Catarina with large student body of thirty thousand students.  UNIVALI appreciates diverse cultures.  They exemplify this, by having a culturally diverse student body.  Students will be exposed to Brazilian culture during their study abroad in Brazil.  In addition, UNIVALI University offers facilities such as computer labs, library, and sport facilities.  HPU students can find more information on UNIVALI by visiting their website.

Location:  Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Website: or for more information on the exchange program click here.

Academics Available:  UNIVALI is open to all majors.  See Melissa Matsubara for course availability.

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

June 30

End of July - December

Spring Semester

November 30

End of February - June

* 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 is 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
  • 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:  Students can contact the Programa de Atenção aos Discentes, Egressos e Funcionários (PADEF), to receive assistance in finding student apartments. Click here for more information.

Currency:  The current exchange rate can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  Participants need a proper visa prior to entering Brazil.  Students can contact the Consulate of Brazil at 235-0571 or e-mail at  U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online 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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