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Welcome to UFSM

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 s 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 and a TV Station and the UFSM Web Portal –

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.


Paulo Afonso Burmann, President

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