Aerial view of the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Florianópolis Campus. Photo: Jair Quint/Agecom/UFSC

Aerial view of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – Florianópolis Campus. Photo by Jair Quint/Agecom/UFSC

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) has its main campus located in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Founded on 18 December 1960 with the goal of promoting teaching, research and outreach, UFSC delivers free and public education and is placed among the best universities in Brazil and in Latin America.

UFSC’s mission is to produce, systematize, and socialize philosophical, scientific, artistic, and technological knowledge, broadening and deepening students’ education for the professional practice, critical thinking, and national and international solidarity with a view to building a just and democratic society and also guaranteeing quality of life.

With four other campuses distributed in the cities of Araranguá, Blumenau, Curitibanos and Joinville, UFSC community consists of around 50,000 people, including about 6,000 faculty and staff members. The university has nearly 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled in more than 100 on-campus programs and 10 distance learning programs. At the graduate level, UFSC offers around 9,000 places in more than 60 academic master’s programs, 15 professional master’s programs and 50 doctoral programs, in addition to a number of graduate certificate programs offered on campus or via distance learning.

UFSC’s achievements are seen as reference in Brazil and abroad and its internationalization process includes cooperation agreements with educational institutions all over the world. Currently, there are more than 300 partnerships with countries in all parts of the globe.

See UFSC in numbers – 2019.

UFSC in the rankings

  • In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2021, UFSC is among the eight best Brazilian universities. In the THE 2020 Latin America Ranking, it has reached position 9 in Latin America and a top ten position among Brazilian universities, whereas in the THE Golden Age University Rankings 2019 it was ranked the second best in Brazil.
  • In the QS Latin America University Rankings 2021, UFSC was ranked 23th among the top universities in Latin America and 8th among Brazilian universities.
  • The national Ranking Universitário Folha (RUF) 2019 ranked UFSC as the 7th best university in Brazil among 197 Brazilian universities, and the second best in the Southern Region.
  • In the latest Índice Geral de Cursos (IGC) – instrument used by the Ministry of Education (MEC) to measure the quality of Higher Education Institutions in Brazil –, UFSC  was ranked 4th best university in the country and is considered a university of excellence according to the MEC standards.