Education System
Pre-school/Educação Infantil (ages 0-6): Optional, to help the development of children under 6 years old. Some public preschools are provided by the government. Elementary school/Ensino Fundamental (ages 6-14): Mandatory. Public elementary schools are funded by municipal and state governments. Secondary school/Ensino Médio (ages 14-17): Mandatory for those wishing to pursue higher education. Public middle schools are provided by state governments. Higher Education/Ensino Superior: Optional. Competitive entrance examination generally more difficult for public universities. Under graduation (Bacharelado or Lincenciatura): 4, 5 or 6 years, depending on the course and University. Graduation (Pós-Graduação): master and doctorate courses. Entrance requires having completed an undergraduate course and going through the selection process established by the institution.

Distribution of 15 years old or older people, illiterate, by sex, according to age groups
1999 (1) 2009
21.10% 42.60%

Level of English
English Proficiency Index – 2011 Rank 1 2 3 16 18 29 30 31 32 Country Norway Netherlands Denmark Argentina Mexico China India Brazil Russia EF EPI Score 69.09 67.93 66.58 53.49 51.48 47.62 47.35 47.27 45.79 Level Very high Proficiency Very high Proficiency Very high Proficiency Moderate Proficiency Moderate Proficiency Low Proficiency Low Proficiency Low Proficiency Low Proficiency








60 or more

The decrease of illiteracy for 15-39 years old people can be explained by the school enrolment rate, which increased 3.4% for 6-14 years old people and 16.7% for 15-17.

Fluency in English - 2011

Funding of Education
Public Expenditure on education (% of GDP)



12.40% 7.50%








Do not speak Do not speak English English, but can read texts and/or listen to simple conversations Read texts and Read, speak, Read, speak, Read, speak, listen to simple listen to and listen to and listen to and conversations, write about with write well about write fluently speak and write some difficulty daily subjects about any basic sentences daily subjects and specific subject and specific subjects related subjects related to his/her area to his/her area














Relative proportion of public expenditure on education by level of education
Pre-School Secondary School 80.00% 60.00% Elementary School Higher Education

The chart above shows that only 10.9% of Brazilians have satisfactory ability to read, speak, write in and listen to English. Other 85.5% are able to communicate in the language, but in a poor level. This explains the Brazilian position in the English Proficiency Index, achieving a low proficiency level. The Brazilian`s low proficiency in English makes some companies hire employees that sometimes do not have the desirable skills for the job, but can speak English. The English teaching, however, is growing: from 2010 to 2011, the revenues of the 73 English school networks in Brazil improved 11%, achieving R$ 3.1 billion.

40.00% 20.00% 0.00%
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Popular University Courses
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Course Business Administration Law Teaching Training Engineering Nursing Accounting Sciences Media and Communication Language Physical Education Biological Sciences N° of Enrolments (2009) 1,100,000 651,000 573,000 420,000 235,800 235,200 221,000 194,000 165,000 152,000

Annual expenditure per student from primary to higher education - 2008 (in US$)
China Brazil Mexico Argentina Russia UK 1,593.14 2,416.10 2,763.47 3,204.00 4,878.43
10,051.37 14,922.76

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