Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Juiz de Fora-UFJF
Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Urology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Surgery-General, Rheumatology, Nephrology, thoracic surgery, gastroenterology
April, May, June, July, August, September, December, January, February, March, October
Host Family, Student Flat or Hospital. One per day.
Host Family, Student Flat
Itens to bring with you: 
  • White coat
  • Stethoscope
  • Student Handbook 
    • The student handbook is mandatory for certification

Also known as J.F., is a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to 2014 estimates the current population is about 550,710 inhabitants. The geographical area of the municipality is 1,437 km2 (555 sq mi).

The city's location was a key factor in its economic and demographic development since it is situated between the three most important financial and economic metropolises of southeast Brazil (and also the three largest urban sprawls of the country): Rio de Janeiro (189 km (117 mi)), Belo Horizonte (260 km (160 mi)) and São Paulo (486 km (302 mi)). Major highways connect Juiz de Fora with these three metropolitan areas, the most important being the BR 040 which connects Brasília with Rio de Janeiro viaBelo Horizonte. The city is built on the Paraibuna, a major tributary of the Paraíba do Sul river.

The Federal University of Juiz de Fora is a university in Brazil. Throughout its over 50 years of existence, the university has undergone significant growth, strengthening the quality of undergraduate and graduate education while maintaining its role as an agent of community development.

UFJF was established in 1960 by an act of Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitscheck. At that time, colleges functioning in the city of Juiz de Fora were officially integrated by the government to constitute a university. In the earlier years, the courses offered were Medicine, Engineering, Economic Science, Law, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Later, the courses of Geography, Languages & Literature, Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Social Science and History were also opened.

The campus was built in 1969 and the courses offered under licensure were distributed among different campus units. The Social Communication (Journalism) course was created and became part of the Law Faculty departments.

During the 1970s, three institutes were created at the campus: Institute of Exact Sciences (ICE), Institute of Biological Sciences (ICB) and Institute of Human Sciences and Letters (ICHL), offering undergraduate programs. Later, these institutes also offered a range of postgraduate courses and research programs. Recent years have seen significant increases in external research funding, research staff, and graduates at these University Institutes.

Other research centers were established at the campus: the Biology of Reproduction Center (CBR) in 1971, which works as an animal facility and the Social Research Center (CPS), involved in research subjects such as urbanism, health, employment, culture and education.

The UFJF Historical Archive was founded in 1985 and represents an important source for local, regional and national history research, functioning as a documentation and educational center. Two years later, the UFJF Press was established. Its academic publishing includes journals and books in a wide variety of fields. In the technology and administrative fields, the Regional Center for Innovation and Transference of Technology (Critt), established in 1995, and the Technology Center-Agrosoft (Núcleo Softex), created in 1996, play a critical role in the regional development of new technologies by teaching and training new professionals. Since the 1990s, the University is also committed to promoting and establishing, with great success, Junior Enterprises specialized in different areas and formed exclusively by undergraduate students. In 2001, a UFJF Junior Enterprise was granted an ISO 9001 Certificate.

In 1999, a new academic unit was established: the Health Sciences Center (CCS), which comprises the School of Medicine, the School of Physiotherapy, the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry. Several major hospitals are affiliated with the CCS.

In 2006, a new teaching hospital, the Health Care Center (CAS), was built as a resource to improve teaching, research, patient care and public service, increasing the services provided to nearby communities. In the same year, two other units were created: the Arts and Design Institute (IAD) and the Faculty of Languages and Literature.

Name of the research project:
Effect of natural and synthetic products against Leishmania species associated with
cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis.
Description of the project:
Leishmaniasis is a complex vector-borne protozoan disease caused by over 20 species of
the genus Leishmania. This disease presents a varied spectrum of clinical manifestation
including cutaneous, mucocutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis, considered as the most
severe and potentially fatal if left untreated. More than 50 years ago, the treatment of choice
for leishmaniasis is based on pentavalent antimonials, which cause serious side effects,
including cardiac and renal problems, and require long-term treatment. The alternatives to
antimonials in unresponsive cases have been amphotericin B and pentamidine however,
these drugs cause toxic effects. So, the development of new molecules to treat
leishmaniasis is necessary.

What is the aim of the project?
The aim of this project is evaluate new synthetic products against promastigotes and
amastigotes of Leishmania species and the cytotoxicity on mammalian cells.
Get ready to a super experience with our typical "comida mineira" regarded as one of the best cousines in Brazil. Special foods include Feijoada, Doce de Leite, several types of cheese, Goiabada, coffe and the famous Pão de Queijo. It is impossible to forget about Churrasco and Caipirinha. The traditional everyday meal of a brazillian is composed by rice, beans, salad and meat. Pasta is also really consumed. 

The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day / the hospital will provide it.


The incomings are alocate in students flat house, family houses or republic houses, 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 college.

Juiz de Fora is super well located and despite it being on the countryside, it is close to big centers.
If you arrives in Brazil through Rio de Jnaeiro, you just need to take a bus here. It will be not more then 3 hours to get here. The bus is about R$60,00.

If you are going to arrive in São Paulo, you will have two options. The first one is taking a plane from Viracopos Airport to Juiz de Fora. There are daily straights flights and it takes around two hours. The second possibility is by bus, and it will take around 8 hours.

Once in Juiz de Fora, we always try to arrange a house close to where is going to be the clerkship. Most of the places are achieve by just walking or with city buses:

 Pay attention to our Beach Projetc dates. Our coordinators will provide all information you need on that. 
NFDP- A party with all incomings, where we exchange some typical local foods and drinks. At The Food and Drink party you get to try some Brazilian dishes and share with us your culture! Besides that in Juiz de Fora you can also find Clubs, Pubs, Bars.
During the weekends is possible to travel. Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Petrópolis, National Park of Ibitipoca are nice destinations near Juiz d Fora.

*The Social Program may vary according to the period of the year and to the disponibility of the LC members.


  • Independência Shopping  Av. Presidente Itamar Franco, 3.600 - Cascatinha
  • Mister Shopping  Rua Mister Moore, 70 - Centro
  • Alameda Mall  Rua Moraes e Castro, 300 - Alto dos Passos

there are many events such as :

  • Miss Brasil Gay- The biggest event in the city. (August).
  • Rainbow Fest  - Several events (parties, debates and a parade) targeting the GLBT community. In the same week of Miss Brasil Gay (August).


  • Miss Brasil Gay- The biggest event in the city. Self-explanatory (August).
  • Rainbow Fest - Several events (parties, debates and a parade) targeting the GLBT community. In the same week of Miss Brasil Gay (August).
  • Museu Mariano Procópio - The museum counts itself as one of the principal exhibitions of the imperial period of Brazil.
  • MAM - Juiz de Fora Museum of Modern Art.
  • Morro do Imperador

Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: do not use accessories, wear closed shoes and tie your hair.
Be welcome to Juiz de Fora :)