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The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, or Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, is an educational institution specializing in both teaching and research and aimed at training students in professional excellence in a number of different fields.  PUC Campinas stresses ethical and Christian values in all of its programs, enriching the knowledge and teaching students how to be successful and valued once they graduate.

To fulfill its institutional mission, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas executes all of its activities according to the following values and performance conditions:

  • Solidarity
  • Social Commitment
  • Responsibility for the environment
  • Participation and responsibility
  • Responsibility for the integral formation of the human person
  • Being proactive
  • Development with economic and financial sustainability

Brief History of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas

The history of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas dates back to June 7, 1941, the date on which the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters was formed.  To house the first students of the institution, the Catholic Diocese of Campinas acquired an old mansion that was formerly owned by Mr. Joaquim Polycarpo Spider, known as the Baron Itapura.

In 1955, the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters became the Catholic University of Campinas, and was officially recognized by the Federal Council of Education. The title of Pontifical was later granted by Pope Paul VI in 1972.

The late 19th-century mansion acquired by the university from Baron Itapura soon became too small to house the growing number of students at the university.  Thus, the new campuses that stand today began to emerge, and were respectively named Campus I, Campus II, and the Central Campus.  

In 2011, PUC-Campinas celebrated 70 years of existence.

The Campuses of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas

Campus I

Campus I is the largest campus of the Pontifical Catholic University, with an area of ​​788,000 square meters, and is located in the northern city of Campinas. More than half of the approximately 20,000 undergraduate students at PUC-Campinas attend classes on Campus I.  The Campus is also home to the university’s Rectory, the Campineira Society—the supporting entity of PUC-Campinas—and the sports complex of the Faculty of Physical Education (Faefi), used for lessons and sports practices in a variety of activities.  Campus I is also the seat of the university Library and Information System (SBI), which coordinates the vast network of libraries at the University. The local community college also has two food courts and provides basic services here.

Campus II

Campus II is familiarly known as the "City of Health.” This name was given to the campus because it is located in roughly the same area as the University Hospital. Campus II also hosts all science-related and health care courses, including the Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Medicine, Nutrition, Dental Sciences , Psychology and Occupational Therapy.  

The nearby Hospital Celso Pierro, which is affiliated with the university, has 340 beds—240 beds reserved for patients under the country’s Unified Health System (SUS) and 100 beds for private and privately insured patients. The inpatient hospital has a fully-staffed emergency room, serving adult and child patients, as well as wards for obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, and intensive care units (ICUs) for adult, pediatric, neonatal and coronary cases.

Central Campus

The Central Campus is made up of the original mansion and its grounds, where the Pontifical University of Campinas was first established in 1941.  The campus houses the Building of Arts, and is home to the Courtyard of the Lions, where student parties and gatherings are regularly held.  Also at the Central Campus are the university’s Faculty of Law and the Center for Applied Social Sciences and Humanities.

All Programs Available:
  • Architecture, Building and Landscape
    • Architecture
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
  • Business
    • Business Administration
    • Public Relations
    • Marketing
  • Communications
    • Journalism
    • Communications
  • Computing
    • Information Technology
  • Economics
    • Economics
  • Education
    • Education
  • Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Graphic and Industrial Design Engineering
    • Engineering Science
  • Finance
    • Accounting
  • Health
    • Human Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dentistry
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Pharmacology
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Tourism
  • Human Studies and Services
    • Social Work
  • Humanities
    • Philosophy
    • Theology
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
  • Law
    • Law
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Language Courses
  • Sciences
    • Biology
    • Environmental Studies
    • Psychology
    • Geography
    • Athletics and exercise science
Language of instruction


Type of school

Public University


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