Brazil (IFMSA-Brazil) - UNIC - Cuiaba
Pediatrics, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gynecology and Obstetrics
All year except December
Host family or by the Hospital
Host family
No Specifical EC
The capital of Mato Grosso state, Cuiabá is a modern, pleasant town of 600,000 that sits in the middle of Brazilian cattle country. It was not unusual to see folks on the street in cowboy duds, but through recent years, Cuiaba has been greately modernized. And, it's a great place to stock up on boots, saddles, and other western gear. The city serves as the main gateway to the northern part of the Pantanal -- the Transpantaneira Highway starts just 98km (61 miles) away -- and as the jumping-off point to the Chapada dos Guimarães. However, while in the city there is so much to do and see - three spacious shopping malls, amazing restaurants, great night clubs, not to mention the beautiful open downtown center where you can find live music, open air shopping, street vendors and fresh coconut water.
The history of UNIC consists of defining moments of activities in education, making it recognized as an institution of excellence.

The University of Cuiabá was founded on April 19, 1988, and at the time the first private college in the state of Mato Grosso.

In these 23 years of work, UNIC has been making changes and being a pioneer in many initiatives. One of them was the implementation of Dentistry course, pioneer in the state, as well as courses Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Psychology and more recently Dining, Performing Arts, Interior Design, Fashions Design and many others.

Every year, thousands of young people are enrolled in the institution in pursuit of the realization of a dream: vocational training geared to the labor market at the national level.

The University of Cuiabá also consolidated its image in the realization of social actions. The Mato Grosso society has benefited by the services in physical therapy clinics, Psychology, Dentistry in Clinical Analysis Laboratories at the University General Hospital in Creche St. Francis of Assisi and the Legal Assistance Center - UNIJURIS. These projects are developed each year with the dedication of the entire academic community.
Due to the initiative of Professor Altamiro Belo Galindo and Professor Celia Marilena Calvo Galindo, today the institution is a major source of education for economic and social development of Mato Grosso, forming competent and ethical professionals. Over time, the University of Cuiabá is even more reason to realize dreams.
Unfortunately, there are no researches for our IFMSA exchange.
The host family or the Hospital will provide at least one meal per day.
The incomings are alocate in students flat house or family 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, also internet acess on the house or on the college.
The Marechal Rondon International Airport is located in Varzea Grande city, about 15 minutes away from Cuiabá centre. 
It's very easy to move around Cuiabá specially by uber, you can go almost everywhere with 10 - 20 reais (around US3$ - US7$).
We are planning to do many social programs even because Cuiabá is known as one of the best nightlife in Brazil!!
We want to a NFDP party with all incomings, where we exchange some typical local foods and drinks and also you can try some Brazilian dishes and share with us your culture!
Besides that in Cuiabá you can also find a lot of night clubs, pubs and bars. This city is so lively!

Sights in Cuiabá - The excellent Tourism Secretary gives out a very detailed map showing all the various sights in Cuiabá, complete with pictures. It's a nice try, but pleasant though the city is, there's really little to see here.

  • Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus de Cuiabá, Praça da República. Tu-F 8AM-11AM and 2PM-6PM. A stylish modern cathedral with some nifty Art Deco features and great stained glass. Mass is at 6am and 6pm daily.
  • Almost next door there's the yellow baroque Palácio de Instrução tel: 065/321-3391. M-F 8AM-5PM, now home to Cuiabá's history and natural history museums. Admission is R$1 (US35¢) for both. The history museum is mostly devoted to the 1860s war between Brazil and Paraguay, largely fought in this remote region. The natural history wing features a wide assortment of stuffed dead animals -- all rather tatty looking -- and some great Indian clubs and arrows and headdresses.
  • Down by the renovated riverside port area there's the Museu do Rio Cuiabá and the Municipal Aquarium, Av. Beira Rio s/n (where the Av. 15 de Novembro crosses the river; tel; 065/623-1440. Tu-Su 9AM-6PM. Features displays and exhibits on the changing face of the river, and a small collection of local Pantanal fish.

The centerpiece of Cuiabá is a small green square called Praça de República. The modern but very stylish basilica fronts this square, as does the tourist information office and the small natural history museum. The most important street in Centro (central Cuiabá), Avenida Getulio Vargas, runs northwest from Praça da República. Most of the city's better hotels and several restaurants cluster around Avenida Getulio Vargas about 8 blocks from the square. Directly northeast of Praça República, there's a small shopping district, centered on Rua Eng. Ricardo Franco. Two blocks southeast of Praça República, Avenida Getulio Vargas hits the broad traffic arterial Avenida Ten. Cel. Duarte. On the far side of this street there's a large city park, Parque Antonio Pires de Campos, and on the ridge behind that, the neighborhood of Bandeirantes, where there are a few cheaper hotels. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk from either Banderiantes to Praça República, or from Praça República to the Avenida Vargas hotel enclave.

Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: wear appropriate clothes, closed shoes and tie your hair.

Welcome to Cuiabá :)

We are very excited to receive you and we really hope you enjoy it!