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Educational Institutions

Fundamental education is free for everyone (including adults), and mandatory for children between the ages of 6-14. Secondary education is also free, but it is not mandatory. Higher education is free at public universities. Organized in 4 levels with the same # of years as the U.S. Education:

Pre-School Education: Nursery School for children up to 3 years old and kindergarden for children from 4 to 6 years old.

  • Fundamental Education "Educação Fundamental" (old 1o Grau):
    - From 1st grade (U.S. 1st grade) to 9th grade (U.S. 9th grade).
  • Middle Education "Ensino Médio" (former 2o Grau):
    - From 1st to 3rd grades (equivalent to U.S. 10th to 12th grades). May also include technical courses.
  • Higher Education "Ensino Superior":
    - Bachelor’s, "Licenciatura," Master’s and PhD levels.

The school system in Brazil has a school year which starts in February / March, with a break in July and continues until early December. Summer vacation goes from mid-December to early February.Brazil has excellent opportunities for university and other higher education study.

Taken from Education USA

The following links provide additional background on Brazilian education as well as links to universities around the country:


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