Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Mogi das Cruzes/SP - UMC
Vascular Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Research
February, August
Host Family, Student Flat or Hospital
Host Family or Student Flat
Students must have completed the third year in Medicine course.
Felipe UMC
Mogi das Cruzes is located in a privileged place in the Eastern Region of the Great São Paulo and is the main economic and population hub of the Alto Tiete region, which has ten municipalities. The city is part of the most important country's economic corridor between the metropolitan regions of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.In terms of logistics, Mogi has a good location. The city is served by three major São Paulo highways: Ayrton Senna (SP-70), Presidente Dutra (BR-116) and Rio-Santos (SP-55) through the Mogi-Bertioga (SP-98). It also has a rail network passenger and cargo, serving the industrial park of the city.Mogi is less than 50 kilometers from Sao Paulo and close to important economic regions, such as ABC, Paraíba Valley and Santos. The city offers easy access to the bay of Santos and São Sebastião and is close to Guarulhos International Airport.
The education of UMC is dedicated to training qualified professionals to the full development of their actions in society. For this end, the course encourages the student to understand bioethics with reflective criteria; establish early contact with health problems, understand objectively the value of scientific research and more. The Faculty of Medicine, UMC is the only one of the High Tiête River region and has been operating since 1968;It has Laboratories of excellence in the areas of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, used by students of undergraduate, graduate and research;
Unit I of UMC was founded in 1973 and is located in an area of 86,000 m². Twelve buildings make up the complex that houses, among other facilities, 1,530 m² library, a cultural center, a Research Centre (CIIb) and TV Studio (Social Communication Course), and clinics (Psychology and Dentistry), studios Radio, labs and Centers of Research (NIB and NPT). In this unit, students also have access to other services and amenities that facilitate academic life as snack bars, copiers, bookstore and a bank agency.

Health Central Institute - Mogi das Cruzes / SP: The Unit III - Health Central Institute - ICS aims to combine the practical teaching of students in courses of Health Sciences area to the population of service, thereby enhancing the provision of services in public health in Mogi das Cruzes. Located in an area of 1,500.67 m² (3140.86 square meters of built area), the building has two buildings with three floors each, connected by walkways.
Opened in 1969, ICS worked initially as the School of Medicine, UMC, housing laboratories and anatomy rooms, and other environments that today make up the Health Sciences Area (installed at the Headquarters of Campus Unit I).
There is also internships in the Public Hospital, Hospital das Clínicas Luzia de Pinho Melo.

The Research projects are conducted on the college campus.

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

Our local meal consists in bread and coffee with wilk in the morning, and lunch and dinner with rice, red beans, some kind of meat (beef, eggs, chicken, pork or fish), vegetables and salad. Also, there are lots of italian, german, french and japanese culinary references.


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.

Get in: Mogi das Cruzes is part of the Greater São Paulo, being served by intercity lines of the Metropolitan Urban Transport Company. In addition, direct lines of intercity bus departing from the bus station Geraldo Scavone connect the city to major cities like Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São José dos Campos and Santos. There are also several other lines of options starting from the metropolitan area, ABC, Paraiba Valley, and coastal states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. Those coming from other states has the option Bus Terminal Tietê in São Paulo, which has a direct line to Mogi with more than 40 daily departures.
Train- Mogi das Cruzes is served by trains on Line 11 Coral/Orange Companhia Paulista Metropolitan Trains (CPTM) and has four railway stations: Jundiapeba station; Station Brás Cubas; Station Mogi das Cruzes; Students Station, with access to two Mogi universities and the bus station.Through integrated network of transport, you can reach the cities of Mogi as Jundiai, Itapevi and Osasco, and all the ABC region. The system also allows free integration with the subway.

Bus:The city bus lines can be consulted in here
and the ticket cost 3,80 reais. 

Taxi: If you are going to use taxi, you must know that, by law the taxi driver can only charge people with the checkered flag plus the flag I or II. the use of Flag II takes place on weekdays from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays full time. It will still be allowed to use the flag II in December, when the passenger request to use the trunk port or is carrying volume in quantity and / or significant weight.
Checkered flag: R $ 4.80
Flag I: R $ 2.34
Flag II: R $ 3.50
Time Stop: R $ 35.67

We host 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 Mogi das Cruzes or São Paulo you can also find Clubs, Pubs, Bars.

* SÃO PAULO CITY - Mogi das Cruzes is very near to São Paulo City and all it's atractives like museums, shoppings, stadium, Mercado Municipal, Ibirapuera Park, and all the nightlife that the city provides. You can participate of our BEACH PROJECT in the city. 


* PICO DO URUBU: It's located on a high point of the Serra do Itapety, it is the one responsible for attracting tourists to the city of Mogi das Cruzes to offer the practice of free flight throughout the year. The peak is frequented by parasailing, paragliding and hang-gliding lovers, especially in winter. Cyclists often also access the ramp to watch the beautiful scenery and then down the vertical drop of 370 meters in relation to the ground zero of the city. 

* RIVIERA BEACH - one of the best attended beaches, only 45min from Mogi das Cruzes by car.

* PARQUE DO CENTERNÁRIO - a park where you can go running, ride a bike, take a walk around the lake and relax :) 

* TOQUINHA  - a house where the medicine student's throw semanal parties.

*Culture and Memory Center "Taro Konno" - The museum has a rich collection, the result of the donation of Japanese families, that tells the story of the first immigrants to arrive in Mogi das Cruzes, in 1919. These immigrants sought Mogi to be region of fertile land and free from diseases, perfect to family culture


This region can be cold in July and August, so remember to bring coats and warm clothes.
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.
Welcome to São Paulo State and to Mogi das Cruzes :)