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Centro Universitário Metodista IPA



  • Awarded the University Center status in 2004; it has offered higher education since the 1970s
  • Catalog with 24 undergraduate courses, two stricto sensu programs and various specializations
  • It has four campuses: Central, Americano, Dona Leonor and DC Shopping

Created in 1923, the Porto Alegre Institute of the Methodist Church (IPA) is the maintainer of the Centro Universitário Metodista IPA. Its origins are in the American Scholl and its status as a University Center was obtained in 2004 from the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) after offering college programs since the 1970s. This movement happened to respond to the demands imposed by social transformations and technology, and ensure the necessary structure for the expansion and qualification of programs offered and activities carried out.

As part of the educational system of the Methodist Church in Brazil, the institution reaffirms its commitment to the production and socialization of knowledge and renews the motivations and parameters that sustain its political, administrative and pedagogical proposal, contributing to the formation of citizens. IPA is a community, confessional and nonprofit organization.

For more than nine decades it has been developing people and forming professionals committed not only to their technical performance, but aware of their social role. During this period, adaptive professionals with sufficient intellectual autonomy and knowledge were trained to adjust to the emerging needs of this challenging world of work.

Currently, IPA Methodist University Center offers 24 undergraduate programs in the areas of exact, human and biological sciences. The institution also has two graduate stricto sensu programs: an academic and a professional master's degree, in addition to dozens of specializations. The programs are offered on-site and distance learning, on line modalities. The formations are recognized by the high quality and commitment to citizenship and the improvement of the population´s quality of life, especially the people at social risk.

IPA also develops professional training and teacher training courses that are offered free of charge to the community. In addition, the institution offers several outreach actions. The University of the Greater Adult (UAM) is one of the main highlights.


In addition to its history teaching with quality, IPA is located in a privileged location and within easy reach of all parts of the city. Currently, the institution has four campuses: Central Unit, American Unit, Dona Leonor Unit and DC Shopping Unit.

In order to provide students a complete professional training, IPA has modern and up-to-date spaces that are also available to teachers.

As highlights, the Central campus is composed with a thermal pool, a gym room, a weight lifting room, an Olympic gymnasium, two outdoor courts and a Laboratory of Physiology. In the American campus, the infrastructure includes a gymnasium, a synthetic soccer field, an outdoor court, a judo room, a dance room and a gym.

The DC Shopping campus facilities there are different laboratories, which attend the programs belonging to the Expanded College of Engineering, Technology and Arts. These spaces excel by the versatility of uses, which allow the integration between the programs and the accomplishment of practical activities. The laboratories used for the Architecture and Urbanism program have at their enjoy the use of spaces such as: Computer Graphics, Environmental Comfort, Design, Mockup, Materials, Soils and Topography, Design Studio, Physics and Chemistry.


The municipality of Porto Alegre is located in the extreme south of Brazil and it is the geographical center of Mercosur. With an area of almost 500 km² and population estimated at 1,481,019 inhabitants, the city is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul and it is located in a diverse geography that includes hills, lowlands and a large lake, Guaíba, Whose edge is 72 km long.

Porto Alegre was founded in 1772 by Portuguese Azoreans and since then has received immigrants from all over the world, especially Germans, Italians, Spaniards, Africans, Poles and Lebaneses. The coexistence of several peoples made the city a welcoming place and home to people of the most different ethnicities and religions. With this, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul became multicultural and cosmopolitan.

The capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul functions as an economic, financial, political, cultural and administrative center for 31 satellite cities that make up the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, which has almost 4 million inhabitants. Porto Alegre is a busy hub for services and has excellent infrastructure, which makes it the headquarters of large national and foreign companies, as well as one of the main destinations for international events in Brazil.

In 2014, the municipality had a GDP per capita of R $ 43,457.67. In comparison with the other municipalities of the state, its position was 52 (out of 497). Already in the comparison with other Brazilian cities its placement was 320 (out of 5,570).

It is one of the biggest entrance doors of foreign visitors in the country, Porto Alegre remains a great tourist destination. The place serves as a starting point for trips to other interesting points of the state such as the Serra do Nordeste, at the coast and the region of the Missions. As interesting options, it is possible to emphasize the historical Central Public Market, space of shopping and gastronomy, and also the border of Lake Guaíba, with diverse leisure options. In addition, Redenção Park, Metropolitan Cathedral, Farroupilha Festivities Parade, Book Fair, Esquina Democrática, Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, Cinematheque Capitólio, Beira-Rio Stadium, Grêmio Arena, among other attractions are worth visiting. It is one of the most forested cities in Brazil.