Keystone logo

Study MBA in Brazil 2024

Study in Brazil

Today, many business students are turning to Brazil as they seek a business degree from an emergent economy. Yet, getting a business degree in Brazil brings some significant challenges. Those considering a master's in business from Brazil need to understand these challenges.

Most universities offer MBA programs on a part-time basis, not a full-time basis. High interest rates on student loans make it difficult for national students to pursue a full time degree in this field, so most students are working students. This means it's difficult to say how long, specifically, the program will take. Most programs are offered in Portuguese, so a knowledge of the native language of Brazil is necessary for success in this field.

Brazil has many universities, but only a handful are open to international students and only a handful have MBA programs. Finding a university that does both is the challenge for those who wish to study business in Brazil.

The Law of Directives and the Bases of Brazilian Education requires all academic years, including universities, to have 200 days. Most universities begin their school year the first week of February, then end the first week of December, with a two-week break in July for winter. In the northern areas of Brazil, however, the school year may follow that of northern countries, starting in September and ending in June. Academic terms are called either periods or semesters in Brazil.

The cost for an MBA in Brazil is going to vary depending on the university chosen. Scholarships are available. Upon graduation with an MBA degree in Brazil, you can expect to find better employment opportunities in businesses throughout South America.

Change currency

Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

  • Share of utilities

  • Internet subscription

  • Local transportation


Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

  • Cinema ticket

  • Pint of local beer


About Brazil

Known as the home of the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. It is also the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, giving it distinction among the Portuguese-speaking people. Brazil also holds the distinction of bordering all South American countries, with the exception of Ecuador and Chili.

Because Brazil contains the world's seventh largest economy in both GDP and purchasing power, and is one of the world's fastest growing economies, business in Brazil is a promising field. It is considered an emerging global power and is poised to have a powerful position in the global economy in the near future.

Visa Requirements

All student visas in Brazil are called Temporary Visa IV, or VITEM-IV.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa (VITEM-IV)

Price and currency

The prices for student visas to Brazil vary depending on the nationality of the applicant. The following cost can be subject to change:

  • For United Arab Emirates citizens: USD 95
  • For France citizens: USD 140
  • For United Kingdom citizens whose visa validity is up to 180 days: USD 40
  • For United Kingdom citizens whose visa validity exceeds 180 days: USD 195
  • For United States citizens: USD 160
  • For citizens from any other country: USD 40

Who can apply for the visa?

All foreigners that want to study in Brazil - without any immigration goals or intent to perform paid activities that are not internships - need to apply for a student visa. The main requirement to get a student visa is that you are enrolled at a Brazilian university that is registered with the Ministry of Education in Brazil.

Where can you make the application?

At the nearest General Consulate or Brazilian Embassy

You can apply for a student visa to Brazil at the nearest General Consulate or Brazilian Embassy.


How to make the application?

You should consult your Consulate General's website to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable. Definitely make the appointment with your consulate or embassy as soon as possible.

In order to apply for a VITEM-IV, it is necessary to prepare the following documentation:

  • Applicants passport which cannot expire within 6 months and must have at least two blank pages
  • One Visa Application Form per applicant, generated online
  • Two 3cm x 4cm sized photos
  • Proof of residence within the jurisdiction of the Consular Section of the Embassy for the past 12 months
  • Non-criminal record certificate issued by the applicant's local Police Department for applicants over the age of 18, issued less than 90 days before the application
  • Proof of scholarship, if not, proof of financial capability to pay for the whole duration of the course
  • Proof of enrollment in the institution certifying that the applicant will be attending a course of study, clearly stating the amount of class hours per week
  • Notarized birth certificate or declaration
  • Certificate issued by the previous education institution stating the level of schooling of the applicant
  • Should the applicant be under the age of 18 and not travel with their parents or guardians, a notarized copy of birth certificate sworn translated into Portuguese or English and an Authorization for Brazilian Visa Issuance for Minors signed by both parents or legal guardians at a public notary
  • Health insurance valid in Brazil offering coverage for treatment and hospitalization, or PB4 in case of students from Portugal

When should you apply?

The processing time can be quick and only take a couple of days, but this depends on the country.

The VITEM-IV are valid for up to one year at a time, depending on which course the student is enrolled in, and can be renewed as many times as necessary in order for the student to finish the course. The request for extending the visa must be done at a Federal Police Department or at the Ministry of Justice within 30 days before the current visa expires. In order to renew the visa after one year, you will need to show documentation from the university which proves you have reasonable attendance and performance to continue the course.

For interns, the student visa is valid for one year and cannot be renewed.

After the student visa is granted to the applicant, the student has three months to enter Brazil. After entering Brazil, the student has up to 30 days to register with the Federal Police Department of the city in which they will live.

Processing time

Work opportunities

Those who come to Brazil with a VITEM-IV are not allowed to engage in paid activities that are not internships. However, foreign students that are willing to be interns in Brazil are allowed to perform paid activities. For internships of up to four months, there is no need for a formal link with a Brazilian educational institution. For internships lasting longer than four months, a formal link with a Brazilian education institution is mandatory.

Hours per week


Why do you need this type of visa?