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About Catanduva

Catanduva is a city of the São Paulo state founded on April 14, 1918, with approximately 120,000 habitants, representing a reference point for the microregion of approximately 220,000 in habitants.

The city has several attractions and interesting points to be discovered and appreciated by visitors. We list some that are worth the visit:

São Domingos Church: historical patrimony of Catanduva, the Matriz de São Domingos stands in the Center and stands out for the sumptuousness of its interior. There is the largest collection of works of priceless artistic and historical value painted by the artist Benedito Calixto (1829). Richly ornate and arched architecture on the sides of the main nave, the church holds up to 250 people and is highly sought after for wedding ceremonies.

Municipal Zoo Missina Palmeira Zancaner: more than 26 thousand square meters with more than 200 animals belonging to the Brazilian fauna, in addition to trees with native species. The “City of the Child”, which offers toys, outdoor gym and picnic space, a practice quite common on the spot.

Address: Rua Três de Maio, 17 - Jardim do Bosque.

Railway station: dating back to 1900, retains much of its architectural features since it was built. Just in the entrance hall there is a piano available for anyone who wants to play it.

Address: Rua Rio de Janeiro, 100 - Centro.

Advantages of living in Catanduva

Catanduva is the 2nd largest city in the Meso-region of São José do Rio Preto, the 3rd largest city in the Northwest region of São Paulo, the 60th most populous city in the São Paulo state and the 235th most populous city in the Brasil. Its economy is based on trade, service provision, diverse industries and agriculture. It has a Human Development Index of 0.834 (United Nations Development Program / 2000).

The climate is tropical semi-humid with warm summers and dry and mild winters. The city has a quiet life with low violence and low cost of living. Regarding health, the city is a hub for the small municipalities around it, due to the Medical School of Catanduva, founded in 1969, which promotes prevention and care for the habitants of the region.

The city has two main student districts (Centro and Parque Iracema), in which students live in apartments, houses or “republics” (houses where students share their dependencies).

The average cost of living varies from 1,600 to 2,500 reais (national currency)
House: 500-1200 reais per person (it is usually shared)
Food: Minimum 600 reais (account made with lunch value and dinner of university cafeteria)

* Depending on the housing poles chosen by the university students, there are hitchhiking schemes between them, which makes locomotion accessible and cheap.

Recreation: University Festivals of 30-50 reais occurring weekly
Cinema 40 reais entrance (20 reais half entrance for university students)
City bars offering various drinks, portioned food and live music.

Campus life
In addition to the classrooms, with both practical and theoretical classes, we can count on university extensions that add in other ways to learning, such as the academic center, athletics, community support group, IFSMA Brazil, social collectives and study leagues from different areas.

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