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Foreigners - How to be a student at Fiocruz

Admission to Fiocruz

Foreign students may study at Fiocruz in regular courses offered by the various units — by means of the selection from general calls for application or those specifically directed to foreigners, made public by the post-graduate programs — or in accordance with the offer of courses abroad, carried out in association with institutions in partner countries.

For regular courses, foreign students may be selected from calls for application issued by Fiocruz or from international calls such as the Program for Students-Agreement for Post-Graduation (PEC-PG), signed by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations with African, Latin American and Caribbean, and Asian countries.

Students may also be admitted to courses through calls for applications issued by the main Brazilian funding agencies, such as the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), through cotutelle agreements, or by the selection in agreements with international funding agencies, such as The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS/CNPq).

In courses offered abroad, admission occurs in the sphere of the cooperation between countries, such as the Cooperation Brazil-Mozambique and Brazil- Argentina.


Where to find information on Fiocruz courses and calls for applications

The Virtual Campus Portal of Fiocruz presents information on the regular courses available at the Foundation. Those who are interested may search for courses and be periodically informed about calls for application that are open for applications.

Further information for foreign students:

Contact: +55 21 3885-1718


Information on visas

The Center for International Relations in Health (CRIS) supports foreign researchers, teachers, technicians and students so that they can attend their activities at Fiocruz, offering guidance on how to apply for visas at the Brazilian Embassy in their countries, and helping with administrative procedures at the Brazilian institution.

The issuance of visas is requested by CRIS with the letter of acceptance or invitation issued by the technical units that will receive the foreigner at Fiocruz, based on requirements of the Normative Resolutions of the Ministry of Work and Employment (MTE).

General rules for the entry of foreigners in Brazil are published on the Consular Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For further information, access Resolução Normativa nº 116.

Brazil applies the reciprocity polity, treating foreigners the same way Brazilian citizens would be treated in their respective countries. For further information on administrative procedures, get in touch with the representation of Brazil in the country of origin. The list of consular districts of Brazilian representations is available at the same portal.

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Telefone: +55 21 3885-1774


Programs and supports

The main Brazilian funding agencies that grant scholarships to foreign students are the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Program for students - Post-Graduate Agreement (PEC-PG)

Partnership between CAPES, CNPq and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), through the Educational Themes Division (DCE).

Information: Divisão de Temas Educacionais at MRE website.


Entry and permanence in Brazil

For further information on entry and permanence in Brazil, visit the site of the Ministry of Justice and Citizenship:

In case you need to extend the foreign student visa, inquire about it at the Federal Police at:



Upon arrival in Brazil, the foreign student should provide the mandatory documents to legalize the stay in the country and to receive the scholarship granted by the Brazilian funding agency.

Registration at the Individual Taxpayer Registry (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas - CPF)

The registration at CPF must be requested at Receita Federal by the person concerned or the legal representative. The application can also be done at Correios, Caixa Econômica Federal or Banco do Brasil. The applicant must present the passport, a proof of address, and pay the issuance fee. Then it is necessary to validate the request at Receita Federal, which will send you a receipt with your CPF number.


National Registry of Foreigners (RNE) at the Federal Police

Foreigners entering Brazil with a student visa (temporary visa type IV), will have mandatorily 30 days from the date of arrival to register at the Polícia Federal. The document for a foreigner’s temporary stay in Brazil is the National Registry of Foreigners (RNE). It is necessary to have this registry number to be able to open a bank account and participate in any activity that requires the confirmation of the prolonged stay in Brazil. Information on how to obtain the RNE document is available at the Federal Police site at http:/


Documents legalization

Brazil has become a signatory of the Hague convention. For further information: e

Opening a bank account

The student is free to choose in which bank and branch to open an account, except when otherwise required by the funding agency, in order to receive the scholarship.

Refer directly to the bank branch to obtain the list of documents required and the procedures for foreigners to open an account.

Banco do Brasil (BB) has a branch at Manguinhos Campus. In case you wish to open an account there, check the telephone numbers at Central de Atendimento do BB.


Current international agreements -


Fee exemption

In compliance with Decree Nr 6771, of 16/2/2009, citizens from member countries of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) are exempt from fees (fees for public services, both notarial and registration) due on the issuance and renewal of residence permits, except for the costs of issuance of documents.

This means there is no need to pay for fees to request temporary visa extension, permanence or foreigner’s registration; only the fee for the issuance of foreigner’s document, when applicable.

CPLP is an international organization composed of: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste.


Health, insurances and vaccines


Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) – Unified Health System

Everyone has the right to use the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS). You should register at the health care center nearest to your residence.


Health insurance

If you have a health insurance in your country, inquire the company about the possibility to extend your benefits and make use of the insurance coverage in the country of destination. Read the insurance contract carefully. Observe the necessary coverage to travel, costs, conditions and terms of the contract. And remember to carry with you all the necessary documents needed to request the insurance in case of emergency.


Health Care at Fiocruz Campus (Manguinhos – RJ)

Nucleus for Fiocruz Workers’ Health (NUST)

In order to receive health care at NUST or at the Center for Workers’ Health (CST) at the unity, the only requirement is to be linked to Fiocruz (scholarship holder, trainee, student, collaborator or staff member). Show your identification to prove your connection (nametag, pay slip or referral from the department).


NUST offers the students the following services:

a) Urgent / emergency medical care for:

a) Emergencies/urgent care level 3 – cases in which there is the need for a medical evaluation but there is no life-threat or loss of functions, not requiring immediate intervention.

b) Emergencies/urgent care level 4 – situations in which the doctor may give assistance through a telephone call, give guidance on the use of medicaments,general care, and other procedures. For cases with life-threat and/or severe functional loss (immediate or secondary), Fiocruz has an agreement for the removal to hospital units by mobile intensive care unit.

  • Interdisciplinary care in case of accidents.                          
  • Distribution of condoms, upon registering.
  • Immunization – routine actions for specific groups and campaigns.



Pavilhão Carlos Augusto da Silva (next to Asfoc).

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8:00h to 17:00h.


Center for Studies on Worker’s Health and Human Ecology – National Public Health School Sergio Arouca (Cesteh/Ensp) 

Centro de Estudos da Saúde do Trabalhador e Ecologia Humana - Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca (Cesteh/Ensp)

The Cesteh/Ensp clinic, situated in the building Primeiro de Maio, may also be used by students in specific situations as listed below:

  •  Respiratory or dermatologic diseases related to occupational or environmental issues
  •  Preventive examination for uterine cervical cancer
  •  Occupational related hearing loss
  •  Situations of moral harassment related to work or teaching activities.


Contact Cesteh/Ensp:

Doccumentation Service: Tel. 2598-2830
Service Coordination: Tel. 2598-2728.





Centro de Referência Professor Hélio Fraga (CRPHF/ENSP/Fiocruz)

Reference Center Professor Hélio Fraga (CRPHF/ENSP/Fiocruz)


Foreign students and those from other Brazilian states may stay for a limited period at the Reference Center Professor Hélio Fraga (CRPHF/ENSP/Fiocruz). The accommodation is gratuitous and is situated in Jacarepaguá district, at the western zone of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro.


  • There are 22 apartments
  • Each accommodation is shared by four persons
  • Each apartment has two rooms
  • Each room has two single beds, ceiling fan, air conditioning, kitchen with microwave oven and a small refrigerator (minibar model), bathroom with electric shower, living room with television, table with two chairs and two-seat sofa.
  • There is a landline telephone apparatus for free internal calls, collect calls and receiving calls from any distance.
  • On the external area there are lawns for leisure and a parking area.
  • On the external area there is also an ample dining hall with a restaurant open from Monday to Friday. Guests may purchase their meals directly at the restaurant.


The request for an accommodation vacancy for a student should be formally sent to the head of the department of CRPHF/Ensp by the General coordination of Post-Graduation. The request should be sent approximately 30 days before the intended period.

It is necessary to inform: full name of the person who wishes the accommodation, and also the name, department, title or function of the contact person responsible for the request at Fiocruz. The request letter can be signed by the Vice-direction of education, by the program coordinator, the course coordinator, or by the tutor.

The requests will be evaluated, respecting the availability of vacancies and the distribution of students according to gender (the apartments may only be occupied either by men or by women).

For further information, send an e-mail to:

Telefone: +55 21 3885-1718



Espaço Carlos Chagas/Casa Amarela Campus Manguinhos

Carlos Chagas Space/Yellow House Manguinhos Campus


Besides the accommodation at the Reference Center Professor Hélio Fraga, it is possible to stay temporarily at Espaço Carlos Chagas (Casa Amarela), which receives researchers spending a short period at Fiocruz. In this case, there is a cost associated to the stay.

Casa Amarela is a space of collective use. Each room has four beds.

Reservations for Casa Amarela

Access the link and fill in the form to request accommodation. It is necessary to register before you make your first online request.

Send an e-mail to: casaamarela@

It is necessary to inform:

  • Full name
  • Period requested (informing approximate arrival and departure time in order to calculate the amount to be paid)
  • Motive/justification for the accommodation request
  • Contacts and institution


Contacts and social networks


Association of Post-Graduates of Fiocruz/RJ (APG-Fiocruz/RJ)

Created in 2012, has as its main objective to represent all the students from the Lato sensu e Stricto sensu programs, collectively and individually.

Visit the APG website and its page at Facebook


Center for International Relations in Health (Cris)


Telephone: +55 21 3885-1653



International Education

Telefone: +55 21 3885-1718


Facebook Fiocruz

Official page of relationship with the public of Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. A space for sharing information on the institution’s activities, programs, projects, actions, and agenda. The page is an open channel for the population in general.



Facebook PGIOC

Group of students of the Post-Graduate Programs of Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz). The members of the group share information on courses, disciplines, events, exchange of protocols and reagents, search and offer of vacancies for accommodation in the city etc.



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