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Centro Universitário Metodista Izabela Hendrix



  • University Center since 2002, offers programs since 1972
  • 17 undergraduate programs and more than 20 postgraduate programs
  • Three campuses: Praça da Liberdade, Vila da Serra and Fazendinha

The Methodist Institute Izabela Hendrix has existed since 1904 and was initially a k-12 school for women, the first in Minas Gerais to recognize the rights and understand the importance of women's participation in  the society. In 1972, Izabela Hendrix entered higher education with the creation of a college and, in 2002, received accreditation as a University Center. Since its creation, its history has blended with the trajectory of the city of Belo Horizonte. The capital of Minas Gerais presents the sophistication and boldness of those who are looking for the new, without losing roots. The Institution adopts this style: it values its memory, but it is original and projects the future at every moment.

The University Center believes in the principle of educating citizens and leaders with technical knowledge and social responsibility. To do this, it offers more than a skilled workforce and applies the most up-to-date pedagogical methods to educating active and conscious students, who mark society as competent and ethical professionals. As a member of Methodist Education, linked to the Methodist Church, Izabela Hendrix is an institution of community and denominational character.

Izabela Hendrix´s philosophy is applied in the 17 undergraduate programs pedagogical guidelines that it offers in all areas of knowledge. In partnership with the Methodist University of São Paulo, the institution offers more than twenty postgraduate programs in distance modality (EAD). In order to teach the classes, the University Center has a qualified faculty body constituted in its majority by Master and Doctorate degree holders. The student body is also benefited by services such as the Internship and Career Center.

Izabela Hendrix also serves the community through dozens of outreach projects that it maintains in several fields that make up society: legal, environmental, accessibility, health, among others. The activities on this front are also composed of sectors such as the Research Ethics Committee and events such as the Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Scientific Initiation and University Extension.


In order for the students to have complete professional training, Izabela Hendrix Methodist University Center has modern and up-to-date spaces that are available to students and teachers, with projects also aimed at the community. The activities are divided into three teaching units strategically located in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte.

The Praça da Liberdade campus is topped by historical and cultural heritage and retains its charm in structures such as the Izabela Hendrix Theater, the internal gardens and the beautiful modernist features of the Verda Farrar Chapel. It is the largest unit of the Izabela Hendrix, where about 6 thousand people circulate daily. The proximity to the Praça da Liberdade Cultural Circuit further enhances its location.

The Vila da Serra campus is located in a region that it is home to transnational corporations and it has a wide service structure. The unit houses Izabela Hendrix´s Integrated Health Clinics, which offers excellent infrastructure, free private parking and a large area dedicated to its activities. It is convenience and high level education in one of the most promising spaces for housing and business in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte.

Located in the city of Sabará, the campus Fazendinha is an area with 30 hectares that encompasses an extensive forest reserve and seeks local self-sustainability by developing environmental management in its research projects. Those projects are focused on education and social responsibility. The educational unit maintains and protects the flora and fauna of the region and is made up of classrooms, wi-fi internet, a cafeteria, research rooms for biology and the history of Izabela Hendrix, chapel, lodging facilities, a Swimming pool, sports court, barbecue grillers, parking, ecological trails, a lake for fishing and nurseries.

Another highlight about the institution's infrastructure are its libraries, which have modern spaces, suitable for teaching, research and extension activities. As Izabela Hendrix values the concept of information democratization, everyone has access to the collection, not only the internal community.


Located in an area that is rich in minerals, Belo Horizonte occupies a land of approximately 331 km² and has a diversified geography, with hills and lowlands. The city has its population estimated at 2,513,451 inhabitants, which places it as the most populous in the state of Minas Gerais, the third in the southeast region, only behind Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and the sixth in Brazil.

The capital of Minas Gerais has the fourth largest GDP in Brazil, behind Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The GDP of Belo Horizonte amounts to approximately R $ 32.7 billion, which means a 15.2% stake in the state of Minas Gerais. In 2014, local GDP per capita was R $ 35,187.85, which placed it in position 51 of 853 in comparison with other municipalities in the state. In relation to Brazilian cities, BH occupies the 541 position of 5,570.

Belo Horizonte is one of the largest financial centers in Brazil and has its greatest economic strength in the tertiary sector, which includes commerce, financial services, real estate activities and public administration. Located in a strategic position, the municipality  also has one of the country's best infrastructure, road and rail networks that connect with the main centers and ports of the country, as well as domestic and international flights at the airports of Confins and Pampulha.

Pampulha is one of the architectural symbols of the city. Formed by St. Francis of Assis Church, Dance House, Yacht Club and Museum of Modern Art, the venue was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, with participation of Burle Marx in landscaping and Candido Portinari on the panels. The set is listed by IPHAN - Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage. Circuit Culture Praça da Liberdade, Municipal Park and Central Market, Mirante do Mangabeiras, Minas and Metal Museum, Das Artes Palace and Governador Magalhães Pinto Stadium (Mineirão) are some of the many tourist attractions worth visiting in Belo Horizonte.