The educational system in Brazil includes a Basic Education level, comprising preschool (educação infantil, kids from 0-5), elementary school (ensino fundamental, kids from 6-14), secondary school (ensino médio, for children from the age of 15-17 or 18), and a Higher Education level, that includes both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The school year extends from February to the beginning of December and is divided into two semesters with a winter break in July. Summer vacations follow the end of the school year in January and part of February.
There are schools that are state run and those that are privately controlled. The independent institutions can be schools with a specific educational concept or with an international educational system. If you want your child to receive an international education in a bilingual school, one of these institutions may be the right choice:
The Brazilian higher education system consists of public and private universities. Public universities are funded by the Federal or State governments with no tuition or entrance fees.
Several Brazilian higher education institutions, public and private, keep covenants at undergraduate level exchange with foreign educational institutions. The selection rules depend on each agreement.
In any case, the Celpe-Bras certification is required at the time of registration or enrollment. The Celpe-Bras (Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros), or Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese, as accepted by companies and institutions, is an internationally recognized exam and has four levels: intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced and advanced higher.
Undergraduate degrees are called ‘graduate’ degrees in Brazil. A Bachelor degree takes 4 to 6 years to complete. Graduate degrees are called ‘postgraduate’ degrees in Brazil and take from 1 to 2 years to complete. These postgraduate degrees are not considered to be a gateway towards a doctoral degree. If a student wants to pursue a PhD, a Masters degree should be taken prior to this. MBA programs in Brazil are called lato sensu programs. A Master degree normally takes 2 years to complete in Brazil while a PhD requires approximately 3 to 4 years.
There are some graduate courses which are taught in English. The following MBA programs and specialization courses are bilingual:
Source: The Ministry of Education website/brazil.gov.br; studyinbrazil.org