Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Salvador - UNIFACS
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Salvador is one of the 417 cities in Bahia and it's the State’s capital. Founded in 1549, it was the first capital of Brazil, being the seat of the portuguese colonial administration and one of the oldest cities in America. Historically, the portuguese colonization allied to the african slave trade were important factors in the formation of the sociodemographic profile of the city. The city was heavily influenced by africans in many cultural aspects, and this makes it the center of afro-brazilian culture. Salvador is the blackest city in the world, outside Africa.

Population: over 3 million people

Landform: uneven peninsula resulting in two levels: cidade alta e cidade baixa. Its coast is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (east) and Baía de Todos os Santos (west), which is the second biggest bay in the world. 

Gastronomy: very influenced by ingredients and spices from Africa. The culinary is mainly known for its seafoods dishes, dendê’s oil, coconut milk and pepper. Some local people (called baianas do acarajé) sell abará, acarajé, caruru, vatapá. These dishes are used as offerings to the saints (orixás) and the moqueca (dish with lots of dendê’s oil) is used as a celebration of life. For dessert, we still have bolinho de estudante, cocada and quindim.

Music: from the black roots the samba de roda was originated and it soon spread through Brazil. From rock to tropicalism, from Raul Seixas to Caetano Veloso, endless names are known around the world like, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Dorival Caymmi, Maria Bethânia. With Luiz Caldas appeared the axé music, that spread through the country in the voices of Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Chiclete com Banana. In addition, there’s the Olodum, that with its samba-reggae joins music to social work. 

Architecture: with monuments dating from colonial times, the Historical Center of Salvador includes the Pelourinho, the Sé, the Terreiro de Jesus, the Largo do São Francisco and the Santo Antônio Além do Carmo. It's the largest architectural complex of the colonial period of Latin America. The Cathedral Basilica de Salvador, located in  Terreiro de Jesus, was the first of Brazil and has a mannerist architecture, with majestic proportions and splendid carving work on the altars. The Church and Convent of São Francisco, also located in the Historical Center, are one of the most singular and rich expressions of the brazilian baroque, and are classified as one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World.

To know: Historic Center of Salvador - Pelourinho district, known for its portuguese colonial architecture, was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO.

Salvador is also famous for its Carnival, the largest street party in the world according to the Guinness Book. International recognition of Salvador's music came from the December 2015 announcement of the city's integration with the Unesco Network of Creative Cities. It was recognized as a "City of Music", a unique title in the country.


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UNIFACS Highlights

- 70% of the evaluated courses are among the 30 top-rated by the country's employers according to the University Ranking of Folha Newspaper;

- Best Private University of Bahia according to MEC (Ministry of Education and Culture);

- Best performance in ENADE (National Performance Exam) among the private HEIs of Bahia in Computer Networks, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Production Engineering and Environmental Engineering;

- Renowned Law School with OAB (Bars and Law Society of Brasil) Seal of Recommendation

- Best Engineering Courses: Chemistry, Environmental, Electrical and Computer courses between the North/Northeast Private Universities according to ENADE (National Performance Exam) / MEC.

- Best Publicity and Advertising Course in Bahia amongst public and private universities according to the University Ranking of Folha Newspaper.


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

Our local meal consists mainly of fruits, bread, eggs and coffee with milk for breakfast, lunch and dinner with rice, red beans (or pasta), some kind of meat (beef, chicken, pork, fish), vegetables and salad.


Student flat or host family. You will be provided accommodation with one host student whom may live alone, with family or with other students as well. We’ll make sure you two get in touch before your arrival. You will have one bed and a bathroom guaranteed (might be shared or not) and you can talk to your host if you wish to use the kitchen. It is highly likely that your accommodation will have internet access, but in case it doesn’t, access is guaranteed for free at the university.


Getting downtown from the airport
The cheapest way to get to the city center would be the regular public bus (R$3,30) that leaves from the little bus station near the airport, not really recommended if you have luggage. The air-conditioned "executivo" (about R$5) that leaves from the side of the acarajé stand in front of the terminal, and runs down the coastal road, passing through most of the main downtown areas like Costa Azul, Pituba, Amaralina, Rio Vermelho, Ondina, Barra, Vitória and into Praça da Sé is probably a good bet, but depending on where you’re headed it might be best to take the “Hotel Fiesta” line, a shorter one but with different stops. A taxi might run about R$60-100, or you could get an Uber and pay much less than that.


Here we provide phone numbers for a few of the main taxi companies in the city just in case you prefer that type of transportation.

Elitte Táxi (71) 3432-4040 | (71) 4009-3000

Teletaxi (71) 3341-9988 | (71) 98808-1020

Chame Táxi (71) 3241-2266 | (71) 3241-8888

As for the buses to get around the city, we recommend you talk to one of us for tips and directions and also check routes on sites and apps like Google Maps, CittaMobi (official app), Siu Mobile Salvador and Salvador Bus, which are very effective.

Fare price: R$ 3,30

Main avenues
1. Paralela (where our UNIFACS campus is located)
2. Antônio Carlos Magalhães (aka ACM)
3. Otávio Mangabeira
4. Magalhães Neto – Pituba neighborhood
5. Manoel Dias – Pituba neighborhood
6. Bonocô
7. Oceânica – Barra neighborhood

Main stations
1. Mussurunga (next to the airport)
2. Iguatemi
3. Lapa

Main lines that stop at UNIFACS
1. Lapa Line (UNIFACS Iguatemi / Salvador Shopping)
2. Airport Line (UNIFACS  Aeroporto)
3. Barra R1 (UNIFACS  Barra / Rio Vermelho)


Other tips
Taking the bus is easy and cheap but not as safe, comfortable and convenient as taking an Uber or taxi. To go out during the day, it’s best to take the bus, if you’re going out at night we suggest you get an uber/taxi, especially for safety reasons.


IFMSA Brazil has very well recognized national social programs. Besides, our local exchange officers and the official contact person assigned to each incoming are always very committed to showing the city around on the weekends, besides planning clubbing and partying for nighttime.

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 your culture with us! Besides that in Salvador you can also find a lot of clubs and bars.


We have a lot of places to go here. Pelourinho is a place where a lot of Bahia history can be seen, there you can visit some museums during the day and enjoy the night. The Lacerda Elevator is very close to Pelourinho and in front of it is the Mercado Modelo, a great place to buy souvenirs. Its recommended to go in this kind of places with somebody from Salvador because the sellers often try to put expensive prices for tourists.

The Barra lighthouse is one of our post cards, a lot of people go there to watch the sunset.

Ribeira has a famous ice cream that everyone who comes to Bahia has to taste it! The Bonfim has a church that is also very famous and is another one of our post cards, there's where the ribbons that baianos wear come from and it's something that you certainly will receive! You have to go to humaitá too, it's a beautiful place!

There are more places you can go in the city as Rio vermelho and imbui, these are some places to enjoy the night.

You can also go to Abaete lake and visit some museums at Corredor da Vitoria.

Beaches: Barra, Piatã, Itapuã, Flamengo beach and more. If you can, it's worth visiting some other amazing places in our state, like Morro de São Paulo, Praia do Forte and Chapada Diamantina, all of which are reachable by bus.


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 Salvador!