Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - CBM - Centro Universitario Barao de Maua/ Ribeirao Preto
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
1 per day
Host Family or Student Flat

Bring stetoscope and white coat.

The city was founded June 19, 1856, by farmers coming from the southeast of São Paulo State in search of good climate and soil for coffee growing. The city was laid by a stream called Black Creek, and was named after it. Eventually the farmers’ choice revealed itself as very adequate and the fertile soil of the Ribeirão Preto region allowed the highest crop productivity in Brazil. Nowadays it is a sugar cane plantation region, and has many important industries, development of technology and is recognized as a Academic center, due to its many colleges and universiy life. 

The Local Committee Centro Barao de Maua (CBM) was established in 2015 and since then, activities are carried out on all standing committees of IFMSA, trying to improve a little bit the world and to assist in building better doctors. Thus, there was recognition not only from the students but also from the college board, further contributing to the growth of the committee. Nowadays we count with more than 30 active members, including trainees, local coordinators and directors.


Centro Universitario Barao de Maua is a private institution which was instituted at 1966 offering courses in different areas such as law, nursing, biomedicine, arts, gastronomy, phisioterapy, economy, psicology, and many others. Medicine was instituted at 1999 and has now 580 students.

CBM has a contract with one local hospital (Santa Casa de Ribeirao Preto) and a some health stations where its students can practice and do internships with doctors and residents. This hospital is prepared to supply the population needs from basic to complex procedures.


There are no SCORE exchange available yet.


Students will get 1 meal per day at host family house, restaurants or hospital. 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 they can create a family bound with local students. They will have their own bed and will be provided with one bathroom that can be shared or not. They will also have internet acess, on the house or on the college.


There is public transport at Ribeirao Preto with bus only. The price of one ticket for the bus is R$3,80. There is no subway or train station, but there are affordable taxi work and uber too.
The public transportation are available here:

To arrive at Ribeirao the incoming student can come from Sao Paulo by bus, which takes about 5 hours, or airplane, about 1 hour only. There is one airport for domestic flights (international flights are being studied) located at 18 km from downtown.


Incomings students get to know touristic spots at Ribeirao Preto city. In their first day there is a celebration in which they are taken to a nice restaurant to eat local food. During the weekends the students may, if they wish, travel to others cities arround to know different places and maybe touristic spots.

An important moment for the city occurred in 1911 with the opening of its first factory, the Antarctica Brewery Company. It was Antarctica which built the Pedro II Theatre, and its new factory led to the opening of several beer houses in the city. One of them, named Pinguim (penguin in Portuguese, after the Antarctica logo), became particularly famous and made Ribeirão Preto nationally renowned for the quality of its draft beer (chope or chopp). Many people say that Pinguim has the best draft beer in Brazil, and it has become so important that it is now a symbol of the city; people say that coming to Ribeirão Preto and not visiting Pinguim is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. Many small "alambiques" exist in the region, each producing its own unique pinga, better known as cachaça. These pingas are often aged and are available in many flavors, while still maintaining their flair. Pinguim is not the only good beer house in town either — Ribeirão Preto has a hot climate, which leads people to go out in the evening to chat and enjoy cold draft beers in bars, so the city is teeming with bars, from the simple botequins or botecos that one can find on almost every corner, to the most sophisticated pub style bars, which rival their counterparts in São Paulo and Rio.
In Iguatemi Shopping there is a filial from restaurant Coco Bambu, that serves tipical delicious sea food. 
There is also a famous place to go out called Vila Dionisio, with the most famous coxinhas, chopps and musical enviroment.


Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Sebastian (Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião), Praça das Bandeiras, (16) 3625-0007. The "Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Sebastian", rather than a religious temple, is an important artistic monument, located in the central area.  The cathedral exposes the set of wall paintings and canvases depicting the life of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of the city. The painter Benedicto Calixto de Jesus took six years (1916-1922) to complete the order received from Bishop José Alberto Gonçalves, who had been his student at the Episcopal Seminary of São Paulo.

Pedro II Theater (Theatro Pedro II), Rua Álvares Cabral, 370, (16) 3977-8111. Monday to Friday, from 9am to 11am and 15pm to 17pmIn the 20s Ribeirão Preto experienced the economic boom. The project was inspired by European designs. On October 8, 1930 the "Pedro II Theater" opened with the presentation of the movie "The Love Parade".The renovation, restoration and modernization transformed the "Pedro II Theater" ideal for symphonic concerts, concerts of popular and classical music, plays, performances by dance companies, performances of all kinds and, as its original purpose, great performances opera. This opera house is the second largest (of available places) in Brazil and it is home to the "Ribeirão Preto Symphony Orchestra", one of the oldest in the country.

 Seven Chapels Sanctuary (Santuário das Sete Capelas), Morro do São Bento was designed by the Benedictine monks (each dedicated to a patron saint) and the construction lasted for almost ten years. The chapels are arranged in a semicircle and all are facing the center. Importantly, the chapels were built in a quarry excavation, whereupon the sanctuary garnished around the perimeter of rock.The "Sanctuary of the Seven Chapels" is located in the "Morro do São Bento", next to the monastery which gave its name to the hill, and is the basis of the "Cultural Complex", which is formed by the "House of Culture", "Theatre Municipal "," Christ the Redeemer "," Arena Theatre "and" Shrine of the Seven Chapels ". The "Cultural Complex" also houses walkways, plazas, gazebo, "Home of Amateur Radio", "Service of Roads Communication São Bento", "São Bento Monastery" and "Botanical Garden".

Museums and Galleries

  • Coffee Museum (Museu do Café), Av. do Café
  • Historic Museum
  • Museum of Images and Sound (Museu da Imagem e do Som)
  • Institute Figueiredo Ferraz
  • Art Museum of Ribeirão Preto
  • Portinari Museum in Nova Brodowski


  • Botanical Garden Park.
  • Curupira Park (officially Parque Luís Roberto Jábali).
  • Fábio Barreto Municipal Forest. Contains a Japanese Garden.
  • Luís Carlos Raya Park.
  • Maurílio Biagi Park.
  • Tom Jobim Park.

Welcome to Ribeirão Preto :)

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.