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Notre Dame has partnerships with highly ranked universities and nonprofit organizations in Brazil and Latin America:

University of Campinas

The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) is a public university funded by the state of São Paulo. Established in 1966 in the city of Campinas, UNICAMP's primary goals are becoming an academic center of excellence, producing world-class basic and applied research, providing high-standard undergraduate and graduate education, and serving as a catalyst for economic and social development.

University of São Paulo

The University of São Paulo (USP) is a public university, maintained by the State of São Paulo and affiliated with the State Secretariat of Economic, Scientific and Technological Development. Notre Dame has partnered with USP to provide exchange programs to undergraduate students.

In 2017, Notre Dame International partnered with USP to host a conference on the USP campus on the rule of law.

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Pontifical Catholic University


In 2018, Notre Dame signed an Undergraduate Student Exchange Agreement with PUC-Rio, the first private higher education institution in Brazil. It was founded in 1940 by the Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J. Beyond providing education, PUC-Rio undertook the task of assisting the community, based on Christian ethical values, solidarity, and human respect. The University represents a space for achievement, overcoming challenges and development of its students.


In 2022, Notre Dame signed a General MOU agreement and an Undergraduate Student Exchange agreement with PUC-SP. Founded in 1946, PUC-SP is outstanding among Brazilian universities due to the academic education quality offered to its 23,000 students and the competence of the teaching staff - composed of more than 2,000 professors, most of them holding Ph.D. or MA degrees. Furthermore, PUC-SP plays an active part in the study and discussion of the important social problems, assuming and honoring the commitment that a Higher Education Institution must have with society.

Besides offering some of the best graduate and postgraduate courses in Brazil, PUC-SP has been contributing to the improvement of the Elementary Education in our country, training teachers from several areas. PUC-SP also supports important investments in research and runs Continuing Education and Distance Learning Programs, updating a great diversity of professionals.

The International Cooperation area fosters, supports and articulates the inter-institutional relations, aiming the integration and mutual exchange through the development of projects, programs and joined actions

Fundacão Estudar

Fundacao Estudar is a nonprofit organization that offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships to potential leaders and also offers career guidance and self-knowledge programs to their students.

Notre Dame has worked with Fundação Estudar  on a number of successful events, including an annual undergraduate admissions information session and a Master Class on Business Ethics with Notre Dame professor Ann Tenbrunsel.

Fundação Getulio Vargas

Notre Dame signed an Undergraduate Student Exchange agreement with FGV in 2020. FGV was founded in1944 with an initial objective to prepare qualified people to work in public and private administration in Brazil. At the time, the country was already starting to lay the foundations for the growth that would come in the following decades. Anticipating the arrival of a new era, FGV decided to expand its focus of action and, from the restricted field of administration, it entered the broader area of the social and economic sciences. The institution went beyond the frontiers of teaching, into the areas of research and information as well, and became known as a center of excellence.

A pioneering and bold brand, Fundação Getulio Vargas provided Brazil’s first undergraduate, MA and PhD courses in public and private administration, as well as graduate courses in economics, psychology, accounting and education. FGV also paved the way for a well-grounded economy, by analyzing its balance of payments, public accounts and other economic indicators. Initiatives such as these have helped professionals to gain qualifications and the general public to get a better understanding of Brazil’s economic and social performance.


Created in 1999, the Social Institute for Motivating, Supporting and Recognizing Talents (Ismart) is a private, nonprofit entity that identifies talented 12 to 15 years old students of low income and grants them scholarships to top private high schools. Ismart also offers them development programs and vocational guidance from elementary to university education. Since 2013, Notre Dame has provided scholarships to Ismart students for summer programs.