Brazil is a beautiful, multicultural country located in South America. With a population of over 193 million people, it is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It has a fast growing economy, and it is a popular destination for international students studying abroad.
Students who study abroad in Brazil have the benefit of studying at one of its over 2,000 internationally recognized private and public schools. Universities in Brazil have fine facilities, experienced faculty members, and an affordable tuition. Public universities in Brazil have been ranked as some of the best in the world. Brazil’s universities offer world-renowned programs in Biology, Odontology, Medicine, Dermatology, and Veterinary Science. Brazilian universities offer a wide variety of programs in a number of fields, so no matter what your educational needs, you will be able to find a program that suits you. Students who study in Brazil know that they are receiving a high quality education at an affordable price, and employers from all over the world recruit graduates from Brazilian universities to work for them.
Studying in Brazil will expose you to a wide variety of cultures. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of interesting people with whom you would never have had contact back home.
You will find no shortage of entertainment in Brazil. No matter where your interests lie, you will find something for you in Brazil’s many movie theatres, concert halls, nightclubs, excellent restaurants and bars, shopping malls, museums, and parks. The city of Rio de Janeiro is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and is well worth a visit - particularly around Carnival.
Health care in Brazil is a combination of public, state funded healthcare and private healthcare. Public healthcare is offered to both Brazilian natives and international students studying in Brazil through a national system called the Unified Health System, or SUS (Sistema Unico de Saude). The SUS is free for everyone. People who utilize this system pay nothing for doctors’ fees, lab fees, hospitalization, surgery, or prescription drugs.
However, public hospitals in Brazil are often not up to the standards that international students may expect. Common issues include overcrowding, staff and equipment shortages, and long waiting lists. For this reason, many of the more affluent Brazilians and foreign nationals, such as international students, take out private health insurance policies. Because of this, nearly three quarters of hospitals in Brazil are private, and it is estimated that about 20% of the Brazilian population is covered by private health insurance. If you choose this option, you will have shorter wait times and slightly better care. You may also choose to use coverage from back home, if your current insurance provider extends coverage to you during your travels.
The best hospitals in Brazil are located in the major cities, such as the Albert Einstein hospital and the Samaritan hospital in San Paulo, and the Samaritano hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Remember to check with your country’s travel health guide if you are planning on travelling to remote areas.
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