Sun, incredible beaches and warm-hearted people are recurrent reasons for the increasing number of expatriates in Brazil. But travelling for tourism and settling in are totally different experiences. If you plan to go to Brazil, learn more about daily life on-spot beforehand.
Security in Brazil
With 61 000 homicides registered in 2016, Brazil presents one of the highest crime rates in the world. The number of gangs’ incidents is also rising in urban districts. Therefore, we advise you not to walk out by yourself on night, on isolated places.
Mugging and robbery are common practices. Pay extra attention to your safety when withdrawing cash on automatic dispensers.
If you are a party lover, make sure to keep an eye on your drinks. That should protect you from consuming any unwanted substance.
NB: French embassy advises travelers to avoid the Venezuelan border.
Housing in Brazil
Some characteristics are repetitively observed for housing rental in Brazil. The lease is usually signed for 30 months. The deposit costs at minimum one month of rental, and you will also need a guarantor. Charges may be or not be included in the rental cost. Make sure to ask the full details on rental costs to the landlord or estate agent.
Here is a list of charges that could be added to your rental:
- IPTU (Imposto sobre a propriedade predial e territorial urbana) or real estate tax
- Condominio, or co-property charges that finance the shared spaces. This cost is higher for secured or new buildings.
- Living charges: water, gaz, electricity
- Phone, internet and TV access
- Equipment: make sure to calculate your whole costs before applying for a non-furnished accommodation.
To find your perfect housing, turn to direct contact or “word of mouth” if you are already on-spot. Otherwise, internet and estate agencies are also satisfying options.
Good to know: in Brazil, the estate agent only gets paid if he provides you with your new housing.
School system in Brazil
The school system in Brazil is divided into 4 levels of education.
- Until 6 years old, kids are educated through “infant education”
- They go through a “fundamental schooling” from 6 to 14 years old.
- The “middle schooling” is from 15 to 18 years old. It ends with ENEM, the Brazilian A-levels.
- Students enter university after successfully passing the entrance exam, called “Vestibular”.
International schools exist in Brazil. Enquire upon your consulate if you would like your children to follow your home country program.
If you plan to enter a university in Brazil, some paperwork will have to be done. Portuguese is the official language, and you will have to know it before arrival. Your language proficiency has to be certificated through the “Celpe-Bras” exam. You will then need to pass the Vestibular (entrance exams) for the Brazilian university you apply to.
Whether you enter the university as an exchange or regular student, you will need a student visa VITEM IV. (Find more about the visa at the Brazilian embassy’s website in your country)
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