Regular international students

To become a regular Master, PhD, or a Direct PhD (a Doctorate without a Master’s degree) student, please read all the following instructions.

1. There is no fixed number of vacancies and all candidates who meet the admission requirements will be accepted into our program, being them:
a) obtaining a grade greater than or equal to 4 in “EUF” (the “Exame Unificado de Física”, an entrance examination for Physics graduate programs in Brazil);
b) fulfilling the admission form with all documents required so they can be analysed by the Graduate Committee.

2. Will be considered eligible students who have graduated college or are enrolled in the last semester of the undergraduation course.

3. Entrants can apply for scholarships assigned by Brazilian funding institutions and administered by IFUSP Graduate Program. In order to rank the candidates, the Graduate Committee takes into account the grade obtained in the EUF and a grade given based on a global evaluation of school records, curriculum and recommendation letters attached to the application form. See the menu “Scholarships” for more information regarding student aid and check our “Calendários/Calendars” to know all key dates and deadlines of the admission process.

4. It’s a prerequisite to enter the IFUSP Graduate Program the approval in EUF. The exam occurs once every semester, normally around the months of April (1st semester) and October (2nd semester), and it should be taken on the semester prior to the registration. Inscriptions to EUF are made through the Internet and its calls can be found, both in portuguese and in english, in this platform. The result obtained in the exam can also be verified in the platform by the own student, who will then be able to know if he/she’s been approved.


To enter the IFUSP Graduate Program, the Graduate Committee takes into consideration the normalized average grade of the candidate (that has to be greater than or equal to 4), calculated through the following formula:

(Grade X 5,0) / Average

Where “Grade” is the final result obtained by the candidate in the exam and the “Average” is the average grade of all candidates who have submitted to the same edition of EUF. 
All information regarding grades and average grades are available in the candidate’s individual newsletter, in the EUF platform.


In this drive, you can access the questions of previous EUF editions.

5. After the EUF, candidates must fulfill the online application form. Be aware of dates and deadlines listed in “Calendários/Calendars” - you will notice that the applications happen before the EUF results are released.

In the form, students must upload the following digital documents (in PDF format):

a. Updated graduation school transcript.

b. Updated postgraduate school transcript for candidates who are enrolled or have already concluded the Mastership.

c. Curriculum Vitae.

d. Undergraduate diploma, or certificate of course completion, if the student is already graduated; statement of probable conclusion to those who have not yet graduated.

e. Graduate diploma, or certificate of course completion, if the student is already graduated; statement of probable conclusion to those who have not yet graduated.

f. Passport or other identity document.

g. Indication of the EUF grade that you intend to use to enter the program. The Graduate Committee will only accept grades from the current EUF or from up to 4 previous exams. Example: student took the EUF on the 1st semester of 2020 planning to initiate his/her studies in the 2nd semester of 2020. He/she can use the result obtained in this edition or the following:

2nd semester of 2019 (to enter the program in the 1st semester of 2020);
1st semester of 2019 (to enter the program in the 2nd semester of 2019);
2nd semester of 2018 (to enter the program in the 1st semester of 2019);
1st semester of 2018 (to enter the program in the 2nd semester of 2018).

In exceptional cases, properly justified, the students can use results from even older EUF editions (up to the exam from the 1st semester of 2016 - to enter the program in the 2nd semester of 2016).

h. Presentation letter written by the candidate him/herself highlighting major qualities, academic achievements, key goals related to a postgraduate course and expectations towards our program, as well as any other information considered relevant. The letter must be written in portuguese, spanish or english (4000 characters maximum).

i. Acceptance letter from the supervisor - mandatory only for candidates applying for Direct PhD. Students willing to enter the Mastership or the PhD courses don’t need a supervisor when filling the application form, but should try to find one until the enrollment period.

j. Research project signed by both the supervisor and the student - optional for candidates to the Mastership and PhD, but mandatory for Direct PhD students. In case there is no project, Direct PhD candidates must attach to the form a project that has been successfully developed and concluded earlier, equivalent to a Master’s thesis.

k. Candidates must also provide a minimum of 2 recommendation letters for the application. We ask the students to inform the institutional emails of the recommenders who will then receive an automatic message containing instructions to submit the letters.

IMPORTANT: applications sent without the presentation letter and the 2 recommendation letters will lose points in the scholarship standings. 

6. When applying to the PhD course, candidates who have earned their Master’s degree abroad must request a degree recognition, if possible, before the application period. By that purpose, please fill out the “Formulário de requerimento de EQUIVALÊNCIA de título de Mestre”, print all required documents and bring them to the Graduate Office in person or send them through the post office service.

For further information regarding enrollments or any doubts, please write to us (cpgusp@if.usp.br) and don’t forget to access “Calendários/Calendars” for important dates and deadlines.