Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Useful information



Language courses on offer

The Entrelínguas Laboratory offers Portuguese courses every four months. The arrangements can be made once you arrive in Brazil. If you are interested in attending classes, you should contact Projeto Entrelínguas, by e-mail entrelinguas@gmail.com, or by phone: 55 (55) 3220-9600.

At the end of the classes, you will receive a certificate and you may take the Celpe Bras proficiency test. For further information, access the following website: http://portal.mec.gov.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12270&Itemid=518


Information on the cost of living, climate and cultural events

You will find a typical subtropical weather, with hot and humid Summer days from November to March as well as cold and windy days in the Winter, from June to September.

Check the weather in Santa Maria

Accomodation and living costs
There are many options for students who live in Santa Maria, such as hotels and apart hotels, apartments, rooms and family homes. However, students usually share an apartment with friends while they are studying in Santa Maria.

The rent is paid monthly, as well as the light, water and telephone bills. A two-bedroom apartment usually costs around R$ 1000,00 (US$ 500,00). Sharing the apartment with a friend, students are expected to spend around R$ 800,00 to R$ 1000,00 (US$ 400 to US$ 500) a month. This value would include accommodation, water, internet, light and phone bills, food and transportation.

We, at SAI, also have a database with students and families that would like to host international students. In this case there is also a cost, but in most cases the cost is lower than the apartments available to rent.

If you are interested in contacting someone to share a room or an apartment, contact us by e-mail ( sai@ufsm.br) and we will help you with the process.

You can also search for a room in the internet at EasyQuarto

In the campus, we have the student’s restaurants (RU) that offer meals for a cheap price - R$ 2,50 (US$ 0,85). There is also a RU for the same price in the former Administration building located in downtown.

However, if you prefer fast-food, cafeterias and snack bars, there are more than ten options for you in the campus.

In Camobi – the neighborhood where the main campus is located – you can find good restaurants, bakeries and Churrascarias (barbecue restaurants), if you would like a typical gaúcho barbacue.

Back in the city, it is possible to find many good restaurants (Chinese, Vegetarian, Italian...), fast food restaurants, such as McDonald’s, pizza parlors, cafés and self-service restaurants.