Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Pelotas-UFPEL
Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Anaesthesia, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry, Social Medicine, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine - Urology, Internal Medicine - Oncology, Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology, Thoracic Surgery, Paliative Care, Digestive Surgery
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Student's House
Please send your documents (Proof of Enrollment, CV, Student Record and Recommendation Letter) translated to Portuguese to It doesn't need to be an official translation. 
Please bring a white coat and a stethoscope.

Pelotas is a Brazilian city and municipality (município), the third most populous in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Pelotas is located 270 km (168 mi) from Porto Alegre, the capital city of the state, and 130 km (80.8 mi) from the Uruguayan border. The Lagoa dos Patos lies to the east and the São Gonçalo Channel lies to the south, separating Pelotas from the city of Rio Grande.

Pelotas is known as the "Sweet City" because of its famous and unique desserts. Every year, usually at June, there is the Dessert Fair called Fenadoce.

Currently Pelotas hosts two major universities, the Federal University of Pelotas and the Catholic University of Pelotas. Together, they account for a population of 22 thousand higher education students.

The city has three football clubs: Esporte Clube Pelotas (founded 1908), Grêmio Esportivo Brasil (also known as Brasil de Pelotas; founded 1911) and Grêmio Atlético Farroupilha (founded 1926).

Pelotas is also known for it's natural beauties and colonial architecture inherited by the colonization process that happened here.

The Medicine Faculty of the Federal University of Pelotas aims at training, improvement and specialization of the professional to the development of medicine, proposing in fulfilling this mission:
- To train physicians endowed with knowledge and expertise to enable them to wide biological-social conception of health and disease, guiding the practice of ethical and humanitarian principles, the different levels of attention, with promotion, prevention, recovery and rehabilitation to health from the perspective of comprehensive care, with a sense of social responsibility and commitment to citizenship, as promoter of integral health of the human being.
- To provide expertise and continuous improvement, encouraging habits of continuing education.
The medical course of egress is provided with generalist, humanist, critical and reflective, able to work in the health-disease process at different levels of care, providing care in outpatient clinics and surgical areas and urgent / emergency, directing the patient when necessary, using the reference system and counter the region which is inserted. Should base their decisions on careful analysis of evidence-based medicine. Performs promotion, prevention, recovery and rehabilitation with a view to comprehensive care, with a sense of social responsibility and commitment to citizenship, as promoter of integral health of the human being.
The Faculty of Medicine of UFPel is well-known for its deep student-patient contact and for building a strong student-patient relation through Medical Psychology.
Project: 2015 Birth Cohort

Resume: The project follows up with every individual born in 2015 to evaluate their development in multiple fields, such as growth, social skills, breastfeeding, etc. They are measured and interviewed. Afterwards, all the data that was collected must be indexed. That way, the individuals will be followed up during all their lives and multiple extra studies can come from the cohort.

Aim of the project: study development, physical activity and antenatal care.

Techniques and methods are used: the babies are measured in all follow-ups and their mothers, interviewed.


The hospital will provide credit to be used at the hospital restaurant/cafeteria. 

Our local meal consists in lunch and dinner with rice and beans or pasta, some kind of meat (beef, eggs, chicken, pork or fish), vegetables and salad. Also, there are lots of worldwide culinary references.


The incomings are alocate at one of our students' apartment. The incoming will have his or her own bedroom and share the apartment with the owner, creating a family bound. They will be provided with one bathroom that can be shared or not, kitchen, living room and internet access. We encourage our students to share the food in the appartment to make at least the first days easier for the incomings and also to give a taste of our culture. 

  • Pelotas International Airport: About half an hour away from downtown by car, does not has many flight options since it is a small airport. Usually international passengers arrive at Porto Alegre through International Airport Salgado Filho and then take a bus through the Embaixador company to arrive in Pelotas.
  • Salgado Filho International Airport: Located in Porto Alegre (270km from Pelotas) this airport is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Pelotas. After landing in Porto Alegre the bus is the option to get Pelotas and it would take around three and a half hours to get to Pelotas, but most of the times this way is the cheapest and also the fatest because there are not a lot of flights to Pelotas Airport. 
  • Bus Terminal (Rodoviaria): The main source of in and outgoing travel in Pelotas. It is about 10 minutes away from downtown by car. Busses to and from downtown will have "Rodoviaria" signaled on them, but we find that the cost-benefit of using a taxi is better. Either way, we will arrange a ride from one of our IFMSA members (usually the LEO) to pick up and drop off the incoming at the arrival and departure of the incoming.
Taxi: Registered cabs are usually white, always with a blue strip on their side and their registered number above the car's ceiling. A ride from the bus station to downtown costs roughly R$ 15 (Jan 2018).
Uber: Currently is the cheapest option and also offers the facility to pay with your phone which makes the rides easier for the ones who do not speak Portuguese. 
Bus: Average busses to anywhere in the city cost R$3,25 (Jan 2018). Unfortunately half-price tickets are available only to brazilian students.
Walking: Lots of times, things can be done by foot. For example, walking from our Faculty building to our hospital takes less than 20 minutes and, from the hospital to the city center, it would take less than 10 minutes.

The Social Programs will be provided by the Local Committee.

At June, we have the "Fenadoce", a traditional fair of our famous sweets that usually last for two weeks. Besides the exposition and selling of the candy, there are music concerts and other events associated with the Fenadoce happening the same week.

From november to march, we can arrange a trip to "Cachoeira do Imigrante", where you can find a natural cascade proper to bathing and enjoy the day there. It's 30 minutes away from Pelotas. We can also arrange a trip to Cassino Beach, one hour away from Pelotas and home of the longest seashore in the world.

Pelotas also have lots of natural beauties created by the water that surrounds the city, we will provide walking tours to these places. We also have interesting parks and squares, like Baronesa Park which has a very interesting museum about Pelotas and Rio Grande do Sul (the state/provincy) history. 

Here at the state of Rio Grande do Sul, we have a type of barbecue that is very typical, called "churrasco". It's very usual for us to organize a churrasco party that can happen during the day or even turn into a house party at night.

We will organize tours to knowing the city and also social meetings at nice places, such as the restaurant and bar Madre Mia, for example. We can also arrange to go to Cassino, a beach one hour away from Pelotas, that is the beach with the longest shore in the world.

We have a traditional party for the Medicine Students that usually happens at may and november called "Festa do Décimo", that celebrates the end of the theoritical years and beginning of the Full-Time internship for the students that are about to enter 5th year. It's opened for public, but usually there is a private space for those students and their friends to celebrate with more privacy. It would be great to have the incoming there too! 

We can have the International Dinner, in which every incoming prepares some typical food of your country, and we prepare something typical from Brazil.

We can also enjoy together the night life, going on the best clubs and bars of the city!

For more information about Pelotas tourism and hotspots you can download the app Pelotas TEM in Apple Store or Google Play and look forward. 

  • Laranjal beach (specially the Trapiche)
  • Catedral da Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (Igreja Cabeluda - "Hairy Church"), 15 de Novembro St. n. 472.
  • Museu da Baronesa (Baroness's House)
  • Local Public Library
  • The Public Market - besides of finding local food for sell, there are restaurants and bars to enjoy during sundown
  • Old City Center
  • Recanto de Portugal
  • Cachoeira do Imigrante

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 Pelotas, we look forward to meet you!