UNESP – São Paulo State University





Address: Rectory – Rua Quirino de Andrade, 215 – 6º andar. Centro – São Paulo Post code 01049-010
Country: Brazil
Phone: +55 11 5627-0436
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History and objectives

Listed among the three largest and most important Brazilian universities, UNESP stands out as an example of success among the multicampus institutions around the world. As one of three public universities maintained by the government of the state of São Paulo, UNESP offers quality education while developing strategic research and interacting with the society through the provision of services for the community.

Founded in 1976 as a result of the unification of higher education individual institutes distributed in various regions of the most important Brazilian state in economic terms, UNESP offers courses in different areas of theoretical and experimental sciences such as engineering, health, communications, humanities, social sciences and arts, among others.

UNESP’s knowledge education complex comprises 34 units in 24 cities, being 23 in the countryside (one at the coast of the state) and one at the capital of the state, where its administration is centralized.

The response that the labour market and enterprises in Brazil and abroad have been providing denotes the quality of education taught in the institution and the credibility of the research developed. UNESP’s position in the most expressive qualification rankings, both nationally and internationally, confirms such statements. The institution is respected nationally and internationally, featuring a qualified faculty, recognized programs and a solid research base.

Governing bodies

UNESP is governed by a rector, whose appointment is decided by the state governor, after a process of academic elections.

The rector chairs the university council, which is composed of the directors and academic representatives of each institute belonging to the university. This council makes most decisions related to the university.

In addition, each institute has a director and a council, which govern with a certain degree of autonomy.


UNESP’s knowledge education complex comprises 34 units in 24 cities. The infrastructure of the University includes about 1,900 laboratories and 30 major libraries, with about 900,000 books. Museums, gardens, vivariums, botanical gardens and five experimental farms (5,000 ha), maintained continuously and carefully, are available to students and professors.

UNESP has an important University Hospital, located in the city of Botucatu, with 462 beds and approximately 450.000 attendances per month, besides the State Hospital of Bauru, where 318 beds are managed and 50.000 attendances per month are carried out.

Three veterinary hospitals and three dentistry clinics, psychology and physical therapy clinics, as well as oral cancer centres, children with special needs and a social legal centre also integrate the facilities of one of the most successful Brazilian initiatives in the higher education field.

Academic calendar

The first semester goes from March to July and the second semester goes from August to December.

Academic departments

Our programmes are offered in almost every campus in the following areas: Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Health, Exact and Geosciences, Humanities, Social and Applied Sciences, Engineering, Linguistics, Language Studies, Literature and Fine Arts.

UNESP´s graduate programmes have had a great impact not only in the professional life of the students but also in the number of graduate degrees awarded in the country. UNESP is the second university in Brazil and the third institution among Brazilian and American universities to award PhD degrees.

Today UNESP is a reference centre in educating, training and qualifying students as well as providing human resources to face the new challenges and demands of the job market in the field of technology, in universities and public administration.

Academic programmes

UNESP academic offer includes 47 graduate and 73 postgraduate programmes. 

International programmes

All the graduate and undergraduate programmes of UNESP are open to international students.