Education Overview
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Education, Research and Extension Program

The Franciscan University associates its teaching and research activities with the demands of society and, as a consequence, produces and socializes new knowledge so that it is not restricted to the academic context. By doing so, it aims to transform the surrounding reality focusing on daily solidarity-based experiences, with policies that link research and academic practices. Therefore, the university promotes extension programs that are integrated with society, thus providing the local population with a better quality of life by means of activities related to different areas of knowledge.

Undergraduate Research Program

The undergraduate research program at the Franciscan University provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce knowledge and, as a consequence, it introduces them to scientific procedures in terms of techniques, organization, methods, innovation and how knowledge may reach and improve society. This program encourages students to get started on scientific research, extension and technological innovation. Financial support is provided by the university itself and by funding agencies such as FAPERGS (Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio Grande do Sul), CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), among others. 

Undergraduate Degrees


  • Biomedicine Bachelor’s Degree
  • Dentistry Bachelor’s Degree
  • Medicine Bachelor’s Degree
  • Nursing Bachelor’s Degree
  • Nutrition Bachelor’s Degree
  • Occupational Therapy Bachelor’s Degree
  • Pharmacy Bachelor’s Degree
  • Physiotherapy Bachelor’s Degree


  • Accounting Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advertising and Marketing Bachelor’s Degree
  • Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree
  • Economics Bachelor’s Degree
  • Journalism Bachelor’s Degree
  • Law Bachelor’s Degree
  • Tourism Bachelor’s Degree


  • Geography Teaching Degree
  • History Teaching Degree
  • Language: Portuguese Teaching Degree
  • Language: Portuguese and English Teaching Degree
  • Pedagogy Teaching Degree
  • Philosophy Teaching Degree
  • Psychology Bachelor’s Degree

  • Social Work Bachelor’s Degree 


  • Architecture and Urbanism Bachelor’s Degree
  • Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
  • Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
  • Chemistry Teaching Degree
  • Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree
  • Design Bachelor’s Degree
  • Environmental and Sanitary Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fashion Design Certificate Program
  • Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree
  • Materials Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
  • Mathematics Teaching Degree
  • Medical Physics Bachelor’s Degree

Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Degrees

Graduate Program in the Teaching of Science and Mathematics
Nanoscience Graduate Program - Masters and Doctorate Degrees
Professional Master Degree in Mother and Child Health
Master Degree in Health and Life Science
Master Degree in the Teaching of Humanities and Languages

Lato Sensu Postgraduate Degrees

Clinical Analysis
Auditing and Controllership
Labour Law
Civil Procedural Law
Neurological Disorders
Obstetrical Nursing 
Workplace Safety Engineering
Management in the Construction Industry
Strategic People Management
MBA in Marketing
MBA in Digital and Social Media
Psychopedagogy: Clinical and Institutional Approaches
Work and Organizational Psychology 
Intensive Therapy: an Emphasis on Oncology and Prevention of Hospital- Acquired Infection


Medical ResidenciesThe Medical Residencies integrate the Medical School and the Medical Residency Program in Psychiatry; the Medical Residency Program in Health Clinic; and the Medical Residency Program in Family and Community Health. Such programs aim to develop specialized human resources, who have Strong problem-solving skills, in order to promote their ethical, human and technical-scientific improvement. Thus, this formation contributes to meet the population’s needs and the improvement of medical care.

Multidisciplinary Residency
The Multidisciplinary Residency Program in Mental Health includes the following courses: Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy. This program aims to develop skills that focus on an in-service education which may result in ethical, human and technical-scientific improvement. These skills are based on the principles and guidelines of the Unified Health System and on the psychosocial care network.

Residency in the Professional Field
The Residency Program in Obstetric Nursing seeks to quality nurses to work in the assistance of women´s health – – in the processes of reproduction, pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum – the newborn and their family in order to understand their social, cultural, emotional, ethical and physiological aspects. These aspects are guided by good practices and scientific evidences, thus, following the Unified Health System’s principles.

Professional Residency Program in Nursing: Urgency, Emergency and TraumaThe Professional Residency Program in Nursing: Urgency, Emergency and Trauma provides the professional nurses with specific and qualified knowledge of the pre-hospital and in-hospital care of excellent urgency, emergency and trauma services.