Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Joinville-Univille
Anaesthesia, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Paediatrics-Surgery, Radiology, Surgery-General, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Surgery
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, December, February, March
Host Family, Student Flat or Hospital
Host Family or Student Flat
Do not forget to bring your stethoscope, your white coat and your Student Handbook/Logbook! Any further questions, contact our LEOs or your Contact Person.
Gabriela Macedo; Micaela Mendivil; Luiza Varela; Fernanda Junqueira;
Joinville is the largest city in Santa Catarina State, in the Southern Region of Brazil. It is the third largest municipality in the southern region of Brazil, after the much larger state capitals of Curitiba and Porto Alegre. Joinville is also a major industrial, financial and commerce center.
Owing to urban development and relatively good infrastructure, Joinville has become a major center for events and business conferences. The city has one of the highest standards of living in Latin America.
Joinville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification data). In some rare cases, Joinville gets hit by South Atlantic cyclones, the most notable being Cyclone Catarina in 2004. Although Joinville lies outside the tropic zone, and because of its low altitude and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean it sees little temperature variation throughout the year, with every month seeing average highs in the 20s C.In July, Dance Festival happens in Joinville. It is considered as the biggest dance festival in the world.

Univille (University of the Region of Joinville) was founded in 1967, but only in 1999 Medicine was implanted. Our university has two campuses in Joinville, and many others in the surrounding cities. One of this campuses is located in the city center, where is really close to two big hospitals in which the students make their internship.

Univille is able to send students to four major hospitals in the city, such as Hospital Municipal São José (which is reference in Traumatology, Neurology, General Surgery, stroke and burned people), Hospital Regional Hans Dieter Schmidt (really important to cardiovascular surgery, pneumology, gastroenterology and infectology) and Maternidade Darcy Vargas (the most important center in the region for pregnant women and also a reference for the whole country).

Soon enough there will be research programs in areas such as farmacology and microbiology.

Microbiology: "Investigation of Genetic Markers Associated to Antibiotic Resistance in Critical Chronic Pacients"

The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day, such as breakfast or dinner, and usually the hospital provides lunch.

The incomings are alocate in students flat house, family houses or hostels, where students share a house and create a family bound. They will 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 hospital.

Airplane, bus, Uber, car.

The airport is quite close to the university, only 15 minutes by car, and to the main hospitals it tooks around 20 minutes by car.

The central bus station is even more close to the main hospitals, taking only 10 minutes by car to get there. 

When the incoming arrives, we throw a welcome party, go to dinner, go to Happy Hours, some parties, and, when the time comes, we have a goodbye party. And we will be very content if the incoming becomes available to bring or prepare something of the kitchen of their country, with the purpose of having a National Food and Drink Party as well!!

Also, the incoming can participate in our local committee meetings and explain how is university and IFMSA in his/her home country, and also share some experiences.

  1. Portico and the wind-mill
  2. Train station of Joinville
  3. Dance Festival (July only)
  4. Centreventos Cau Hansen
  5. Bolshoi Ballet (The only one in the world outside Russia)
  6. Palm Street
  7. Prince Boat
  8. Bike Museum
  9. City Observatory (Bring sport clothes and shoes)
The exchange student can also plan weekend trips to some close destinations, such as: Florianópolis (3 hours by bus), Curitiba (2 hours by bus), São Francisco do Sul (1 hour by bus), Iguazu Falls (12 hours by bus - MUST SEE!!), and many beaches in the nearby (1 hour by bus). 
Also, if there is time, it is possible to go to Beto Carrero World, the biggest ammusement park in Latin America.

If it's not during our vacations (January, July and December) it will be hard for the local committee to join the exchange students in those trips, regarding we have classes and exams.