Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Belem - UFPA
Infectious Diseases, General Surgery
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March
Host family or Student or Hospital
Host family or Student Flat
Nothing required besides IFMSA Brazil general exchange conditions
The capital and largest city of the state of Pará in the country's north. It is the gateway to the River Amazon with a busy port, airport, and bus/coach station. Belém lies approximately 100 km upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Pará River, which is part of the greater Amazon River system, separated from the larger part of the Amazon delta by Ilha de Marajó (Marajo Island). With an estimated population of 1,439,561 people — or 2,249,405, considering its metropolitan area — it is the 11th most populous city in Brazil, as well as the16th by economic relevance. It is the second largest in the North Region, second only to Manaus, in the state of Amazonas,
Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom.
Belém, portuguese form for Bethlehem, is also known as the Metropolis of the Brazilian Amazon region or the Cidade das Mangueiras (City of Mango Trees) due to the vast number of those trees found in the city. Brazilians often refer to the city as Belém do Pará ("Belém of Pará") rather than just Belém, a reference to an earlier name for the city, Santa Maria de Belém do Grão Pará, and also to differentiate it from a number of other towns called Belém in Brazil. It is named after Santa Maria de Belém in Lisbon, also better known by its shortened name, Belém.
UFPA is one of the most important universities in the north region and has many activities dedicated to the river and indigenous population.
The University Hospital João de Barros Barreto (HUJBB) it is a hospital of Care, Education and Research. It is part of the Hospital of the Federal University of Pará Complex (UFPA) and Meets free the population by 100% of the Unified Health System of Brazil (SUS). Hospital Account with 26.420 meters of area squares built, It has 300 beds, 271 beds being operating and 29 rear; 30 offices, four surgery rooms, three rooms to outpatient surgery Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
HUJBB offers consultations and hospitalization in many different specialties, as Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology and Urology.
The Hospital boasts has a Diagnostics Center, where  performs laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging Radio, respiratory functions of evidence, endoscopic examinations, methods Graphics and rehabilitation through physical therapy and occupational therapy are realized.             
In Addition, it has an exclusive Meningitis Diagnostic accredited as Unity High Complexity in Oncology,  Oncology Services Clinic and Radiotherapy, which work at the Clinic in Building Annex to the hospital.


The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day. The dishes are very tipical and consists basically on mandioca, fish and açai based delicious plates. 

The lodging is host family or student flat. The contact person will pick up the incoming at the airport and will be the principal responsible about the incoming. The incoming may have a room or may share a room with the student  but they will be assured to have their own bed and will be provided with one bathroom that can be shared or not, and internet acess, on the house or on the college.. This kind of lodging gives to the incoming a real brazilian family, who will be the his/her second family. 


It is very easy to come to Belém do Pará. We are one of the biggest cities on North and we have directly flights to Europe by TAP and to EUA by TAM. However, If you are coming from somewhere in America, you can use COPA Airlines to go to Manaus and them come to Belém, It's just 1,5hours distant. Belém is served by two airports: Val de Cães International Airport, which connects the city with the rest of Brazil and other cities in South America, and Brig. Protásio de Oliveira Airport (formerly called Júlio César Airport) dedicated to general aviation. Our International Airport is called Val-de-Cans and It's just 15 minutes from the city center. 

To use the public transportation is not that easy but you can easily manage that with your cantact person help. 


If you find yourself out late at night, lost, or stuck in the rain, taxi's in Belém are relatively inexpensive for short distances. Make sure you only take taxis from cooperatives. If you ask your hotel, hostel, or someone at the bar or restaurant where you find yourself, they'll be more than happy to direct you to the nearest cooperative or call a cab for you.


By bus

There is one major long distance coach terminal at Sao Braz. There are many local busses travelling all over the city. The number of buses passing Avenida Presidente Vargas is nothing short of astonishing, and you can get virtualy anywhere within Greater Belém from here. Another transport "hub" is in front of the bus terminal, next to São Bráz. Most buses run until about 11PM, but minibuses go virtually around the clock on major roads. 

By bicycle- there are a great number of cycle lanes along the main avenues.

We are pleased to prepare the Best Social Program for you. 
Belém has one of the best gstronomy in the world, that means that you can visit a lot of different and typical restaurants and bars that only exists here. For example, to go to Saudosa Maloca restaurant, we cross the river and have an amazing experience eating in the forest. It's completely safe and the students go with the exchange students.
We also have amazing programs to visit the beachs, the sweet and salt water ones. 
We do have a lot of touristics programs, parties and a lot of options to make you enjoy your visit to BELÉM!

There are a lot of modern high rises, but between them particularly in Cidade Velha and Campinas there are a vast number of well preserved colonial buildings, from the rubber boom and earlier. Many of the grander ones now house official bodies and there has been a recent drive to preserve them. Belém has many attraction, here are some of many attractions the city offers.

  • Estação das Docas (Revitalised docks with bars, shops, music etc.)
  • Complexo Feliz Lusitânia (Complex Happy Portugal)
  • Casa das Onze Janelas (House of Eleven Windows)
  • Mercado Ver-o-Peso (See-the-Weight Market) - the old fish market a large and lively traditional market. Here you will find fish, fruit, vegetables, regional items and offers a good insight into traditional local culture.
  • Mercado Ver-o-Rio (See-the-River), bars and a boating lake.
  • Forte do Castelo The old fortress in the oldest part of town.
  • Catedral da Se The oldest church in Belem.
  • Praça Batista Campos (Batista Campos Square)
  • Museu de Artes de Belém (Belém Arts Museum)
  • Museu Emilio Goeldi (Emílio Goeldi Museum). The zoo.
  • Praça da República (The Square of the republic). The main square with statues and the Teatro da Paz.
  • Teatro da Paz (Theater of Peace), Praça da República. Tue - Fri 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat - 2 PM. Rivals the Manaus opera house as a symbol of the rubber boom's riches. Guided tours every hour on the hour last 30 minutes. R$ 4, Tuesdays free.
  • Bosque Rodrigues Alves (Botanical Garden Bosque Rodrigues Alves). A large section of the the original forest (with some a lake, fish, animals and a cafe) perhaps a square kilometer in area ten minutes by car from the city centre.
  • Mangal das Garças - the region's vegetation, animals and food can be appreciated in this large park for tourists just off the city centre
  • Plenty of beaches - Cotijuba, Salinópolis, Outeiro, Mosqueiro, Caripi...
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