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The International Affairs Office of the University of Cruz Alta (Unicruz), created in 2011, offers to its students the opportunity to broaden their academic knowledge, live cultural experiences and improve a foreign language through academic exchange programs. To help the search to new paths of internationalization, the University of Cruz Alta now has a section geared to meeting this day-by-day growing demand providing guidance and support to students interested in pursuing exchange. The search for agreements and partnerships with foreign institutions are also actions developed by the Office. The sector shows promising results since that, to date, Unicruz has already established agreements with 21 institutions from nine countries. To date, a total of 118 students from different courses have already participated in one of our international exchange and training programs.

Information About CRUZ ALTA-RS BRAZIL

Welcome to Cruz Alta

Cruz Alta is located in the northwest region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. The city was founded on August 18th, 1821. Currently, occupies an area of 360.37 km2 and has 62.825 inhabitants.

The city’s climate is subtropical, with four well defined seasons. The average minimum temperature is 5°C and occurs in the months of June and July and the maximum is 35°C in January. It presents a mild temperature throughout the year, about 20°C.

The rich land provides good conditions for agriculture and livestock. The city hosts, among several institutions, the University of Cruz Alta.

Welcome to UNICRUZ

The University of Cruz Alta, UNICRUZ, is a private, community-based, nonprofit institution maintained and administered by the Foundation University of Cruz Alta.

It is a strong, consolidated, active and participatory institution, being a reference to regional development in the Northwest region of Rio Grande do Sul. It contributes actively to promote effective transformation in order to increase the quality of life of society, working closely with the municipality, investing in partnerships through projects and economic, social, educational, scientific and technological programs.

It has a constructed area of 35,785.92 m2 on its Campus, hosting 21 undergraduate courses, 07 (Lato Sensu) specialization courses and 03 master of science courses,  119 laboratories, Veterinary Hospital, a television studio with a local channel,  a Multisport Gymnasium, library with over 82,000 books, Living Center and Administrative structure. It serves more than 3,000 students spread across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, through a faculty of 165 professors, with about 80% of masters and doctors, and 230 administrative staff.

The institution has its academic strengths mainly in three undergraduate courses: Law (450 students enrolled), Agronomy (500 students enrolled) and Veterinary Medicine (386 students enrolled). Other courses are offered, such as: Accounting, Architecture and Urbanism, Aesthetics and Cosmetics, Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Journalism, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Portuguese and Production Engineering.


How should I proceed to participate in an international exchange program?

You must register with the International Affairs Office at your institution when selection announcements are open, which usually takes place in July and October. If your university does not have an agreement with Unicruz, check with the International Affairs Office at your institution to verify the possibility of new agreements.

How is the selection process at Unicruz?

The Office of International Affairs at Unicruz will assess the documentation received. Once selected, the student will receive the Letter of Acceptance.

In what language are the lessons taught?

Classes are taught in Portuguese, so the intermediate level of knowledge of this language is necessary.

Can a student in the last semester of the course participate in Academic Exchange Programs?

No. Students with more than 80% of the workload completed are not eligible for the program.

Is it possible to work while participating in an exchange program?

No, a visa holder student is not allowed to work.

What are the responsibilities of the student as an exchange student?

  • Maintain good conduct and conditioned posture to the host institution regiment;
  • Plan the trip and bear all costs of lodging, meals, travel and any other expenses during the exchange period;
  • Obtain a passport from the country of origin and visa from the country of destination;
  • Purchase a round trip ticket;
  • Provide hosting;
  • Prepare the plan of studies with the coordinator of the course at home institution.

A student has more questions? What to do?

Sending us an e-mail ( or visiting our site.