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Welcome to UFSM

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About UFSM

The Federal University of Santa Maria is situated in the city of Santa Maria, in the central part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The city is located 290 Km west from the State Capital, Porto Alegre. Established in 1961, UFSM is a governmental, regionally oriented University which has as main purpose to perform teaching, research and extension activities. UFSM has as mission professional formation, generating and cultivating science and technology in the interest of regional development and the transmission of universal knowledge. It was the first Federal University established upstate in Brazil.

UFSM offers a large range of undergraduate and graduate programs, and also counts with technical schools which give opportunity for younger students to graduate as technicians in several areas. With the purpose of maintaining positive communication with its internal community and with the public in general, the University has a Radio, a TV Station and the UFSM Website.

In order to support its central activities, UFSM has a complex administrative infrastructure which includes the Campus Administration Offices, the President’s Office, the University Council and auxiliary departments. On the main campus you will also find bank agencies and ATM’s, post offices, snack bars, gas stations and other facilities. Furthermore, the University counts with a School Hospital, a Veterinary School Hospital, Libraries, University Restaurants, a School Pharmacy, a Planetarium, the Gama D’Eça Museum, a Botanic Garden and laboratories in several areas.

President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in our University.

The Federal University of Santa Maria is among the best higher education institutions in Brazil. It’s actions involve activities concerning teaching, researching and extension, oriented by capable professors and staff. There are many different courses available to our students, distributed in undergraduate, specialization, master and doctorate programs.

In this webpage you will find the basic information about how to participate in UFSM activities. Here, you will also find information about the city of Santa Maria, located in the center of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at UFSM really soon.

Luciano Schuch, President

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What UFSM offers for you

International Friend

This program aims to integrate international students with the university community, having local UFSM students help international students in their adaptation and institutional processes. If you would like to have an International Friend, inform this through the e-mail

University Restaurants (RU)

The University Restaurants offer low cost meals for students, professors and technical administrative staff of UFSM. The University Restaurant of the central campus is considered one of the largest in Southern Brazil, and together with the restaurants distributed in the four other campuses, serve more than 12 thousand meals a day to the academic community. Access the website of the Restaurants here.


The Central Library and the 14 specialized libraries hold a collection of more than 300 thousand volumes and are connected to international scientific sources and to the Ministry of Education journals. Their main objective is to provide updated, organized bibliographical information to the academic community, enabling the development of teaching, research and extension. For more information on Libraries of UFSM, click here.

Portuguese classes for international students

The Entrelínguas Laboratory offers Portuguese courses every four months. If you are interested in attending classes, you should contact Projeto Entrelínguas, by e-mail 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.

  • Celpe-Bras Proficiency Test in Portuguese Language: Celpe-Bras is an exam that enables the Certification of Proficiency in Portuguese Language for Foreigners. Developed and granted by the Ministry of Education (MEC), it is applied in Brazil and in other countries with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) and is the only certification of proficiency in Portuguese as a foreign language officially acknowledged by the Brazilian Government. It is internationally accepted in companies and educational institutions as proof of competence in the Portuguese language, and in Brazil it is required by the universities for entry into undergraduate courses and graduate programs, as well as for the revalidation of diplomas of foreign professionals who intend to work in the countryRegistration. For further information on the test, click here.