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A Little Bit of History

Teresina (PI)


Teresina is a unique city, founded in August 16, 1852. The third higher incidence of lightnings in the whole world, the first planned Brazilian Capital of State and the only one not located in the coastline in the Northeast Region, the hottest in Brazil. In addition to Brasília, it is the only Capital City whose metropolitan area spans municipalities of two States. Its streets and squares exhibit neoclassical mansions, Greco-Roman palaces, art-déco movie theaters, churches dating from the nineteenth century. Large avenues and bold buildings share space with old constructions and narrow streets. 240 million-year-old fossils exposed open air. Modern life couldn’t destroy cultural manifestations whose origins are lost in the mist of the years. Shopping malls, restaurants, night clubs, museums, theaters and movies welcome the visitor. Allow yourself to “drink the water from Parnaíba River”, a local expression that means fall in love with Teresina after knowing it, and enjoy this beautiful and captivating city, the Capital of Brazilian Middle-North.

Population: 976.962 inhabitants



Teresina is located 72 meters above the sea level. The municipality spans 1,756 square kilometers and the coastline is 348 km to the north. The nearby Capital Cities are Fortaleza, in Ceará State (634 km) and São Luís, in Maranhão State (466 km).Brasília is situated 1,768 km to the south. Teresina is one of the hottest State Capitals in Brazil. The mean temperature there is around 28° C, with peaks of 40° C. This is because of its low latitude, its location on the borders of the Brazilian semi-arid and its accelerated urbanization. The hottest season includes September, October, November and early December.

Currency Issues

There is one home exchange which has an easy access. It is named by FITTA CAMBIO E TURISMO TERESINA and it is located on Teresina Mall.

You should carry your passport to be able to change your money.

Phone number: +55 86 3230 1159

Arriving at the City

By Plane

Unfortunately our airport isn't an international airport and thus you won't find flights from Europe to Teresina. We advise you to buy a ticket to Fortaleza and after buy another one from Fortaleza to Teresina.

You can search these tickets here:

Gol Airlines

TAM Airlines

Don't worry! They aren't too expensive!

Teresina Airport is located four kilometers from downtown, roughly a ten-minute trip by car. IFMSA-UFPI members always will pick you up at arrival!

By Bus

We don't advise you move by bus from Fortaleza to Teresina at arrival. It isn't too cheaper way and the journey is almost twelve hours. However you can buy bus tickets to travel around Piauí and another near cities, like Luis Correia.

Bus Station Information:

Terminal Rodoviário Gov Lucídio Portella

Phone number (Bus station): +55 86 32299048

Address: Rdv Gov Lucídio Portella, s/n, Redenção - Teresina - PI - CEP: 64019-750

You can buy bus tickets here: Guanabara Express

City Cabs

Search here:

Public Transports

You can move by bus (the ticket is almost R$ 2,00) or take a ride

The University

The Federal University of Piauí State was created in 1971. Its foundation was surely the most relevant event of the recent history of Piauí, taking into account its importance for the State development. This institution allowed the State to produce knowledge of high-level and to train professionals in large scale to act as inductors of development, without the need to send them to be prepared elsewhere. Experts in the fields of technology, nature, agricultural and human sciences recognized nationally and overseas were graduated or post-graduated in this University, which allowed the social ascension of thousands of people. Many of its graduation programs are highly ranked in the evaluation of the Ministry of Education; among them, Medicine is a highlight, regarded as one of the best in the Country. This fact indeed contributed to consolidate Teresina as one of the most important medical centers of North and Northeast regions.

The University Way of Teaching: Traditional

Traditional school method of teaching that is based on the transmission of disciplinary knowledge.

Knowing the University Campus

In Minister Petronio Portella Campus, there are UFPI management units which are organized in Central Agencies and Teaching Units. One of those Teaching Units is CCS, located on Frei Serafim Avenue.

Useful Abbreviations

UFPI – Universidade Federal do Piauí (Federal University of Piauí)

CCS – Centro de Ciências da Saúde (Center for Health Sciences)

HGV – Hospital Getúlio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Hospital)

IDTNP – Instituto de Doenças Tropicais Natan Portela (Natan Portela Institute of Tropical Diseases)

MDER – Matermidade Dona Evangelina Rosa (Mrs. Evangelina Rosa Maternity Hospital)

CAZERO – Centro Acadêmico Zenon Rocha (Zenon Rocha Academic Center)

HU – Hospital Universitário (Academici Hospital)

RU – Restaurante Universitário (Academic Restaurant)

The Year at the University

Scholar time usually is from March to July and from August to December. Vacation time occurs in January, February and part of July.

The Hospital

Instituto de Doenças Tropicais Natan Portela = Natan Portela Tropical Diseases Institute

Address: 151 Governador Raimundo Artur de Vasconcelos Street

Downtown - Teresina (PI)

Phone Number: +55 86 32223248

Hospital Getúlio Vargas

Address: 2352 Frei Serafim Street

Centro - Teresina

Phone Number: +55 86 32216962"

The Exchange Program inside the Hospital: Meet the Departments

Department: Tropical Medicine

Hospital: Instituto de Doenças Tropicais Natan Portela

Months: All the year

Department: Internal Medicine-General

Hospital: Hospital Getúlio Vargas

Months: March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November

Department: Surgery-General

Hospital: Hospital Getúlio Vargas

Months: March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November

Department: Gynecology

Hospital: Hospital Getúlio Vargas

Months: March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November

The City


Having Fun!!!

The visitor is puzzled with the several options offered by Teresina nightlife. Crowded night clubs, elegant restaurants and casual bars in which you can taste the traditional freezing beer, very typical in the city.


Useful Numbers


Airport - +55 86 31336210

CCS – +55 86 3321 7732

Cab – +55 86 3232 3232

Informations – 102

Local Exchange Officers – Bruna Pessoa (+55 86 9921 0931); Natália Cordeiro (+55 86 9413 4979) and Rafael Bandeira (+55 86 8801 8087)

SAMU - 192

Touristic Attractions: Explore it!


Mestre Dezinho Handicraft Center is situated on a construction from the late 19th century, formerly the Police Headquarters and the City Jail. Besides selling handicraft in almost 30 little cells, the building is a complete cultural complex, providing accommodations for the State Schools of Music and Dance, auditorium and rehearsal rooms. There are many sculptures in its internal patio dealing with the culture and the history of Piauí, being the “Macrofauna Tree”, created by the artist Carlos Martins and representing the pre-historic fauna of the State, the most impressive of them.

Alberto Tavares Silva Governor Stadium, well-known as Albertão, is one of the ten biggest Brazilian soccer stadiums. It was opened in 1973 and it can host 60,000 people.

The Meeting of the rivers Poti and Parnaíba is a preservation área that rescues popular culture with Cabeça de Cuia Legend that is about a boy who used to live around the rivers.

St. Benedito Church was built in 19th Century and it is located between Liberdade Square and St. Benedito Square, in downtown. It was named in tribute to St. benedito from Sicilia.

Typical Foods

Breakfast in Teresina is an opportunity to knowing local food. Coffee with milk is served escorted by a “beiju” (also called “tapioca”), a typical crêpe-like pancake made with manioc flour, by many other cakes and cookies made with the same flour or by the traditional steamed corn couscous). Steamed corn itself, served inside its own leaf, is another staple in the diet of the people of Teresina.

The local cookery is appetizing and spicy, although not prickling, pleasing the eyes and the taste. People from Teresina have a preference for meat, probably related to the colonial roots of stockbreeding farms, like the traditional “carne de sol” (dried and salted meat) or, in recent times, in the form of the rump cut largely found in specialized restaurants across the city. In spite of being situated far from the shoreline, Teresina people are addicted to crabs, also easily found in town.

Two kinds of risottos are among the most famous dishes of the local cookery: the so-called “Maria-Izabel” (rice and dried meat) and “Baião-de-Dois” (rice, beans and spices, second photo). Side dishes include toasted or steamed manioc (third photo) and the famous “paçoca” (toasted manioc flour and shredded meat).

As Piauí is an important fruit producer, fruits are an essential part of the local menu, varied, colorful and juicy. The fruit preserves of Piauí are famous, many of them made out of exotic material, like buriti, a palm tree that also provides the stalks that make the box of the compote. The most famous beverage of Piauí is the so-called Cajuína, a very peculiar kind of cashew juice. The most popular of the local drinks, however, is the sugar cane juice, also known as “garapa”; tasty, cheap and caloric, it is the favorite beverage of the lowest income segments of the population.

Did You Know?

Teresina is the only capital of the Brazilian Northeast in which there is a meeting of two rivers (Poti and Parnaiba);

Teresina is the only capital of Brasil whose name is attribute to a Brazilian Empress;

Teresina Health Care is the best one from Middle North;

Teresina is the greenest city from Brazilian Northeast

Teresina is the biggest capital from Brazilian Northeast in territorial extension, preseting with 1.755,698 km².

Teresina places three of the best Brazilian schools, according to ENEM 2009;

Teresina is one of the few cities which have an Open Mall;"

Internet Acess

There isn't wireless in hospitals. However you could surf on Internet at your host house, in university library or in shopping mall.

Type of Accomodation

Host's House

You will be provided accommodation with one host student (of course a student from our med school), who may live alone, with the family or with other students as well. We’ll be sending you his/her e-mail, or he/she will get in touch, so you can have a better contact before arriving. Your meals will be served at the cafeteria of the hospital.

The Local Committee

Social Programs

You will have all the wonderful options offered by Teresina nightlife and you will probably travel to Luiz Correia


Natália Cordeiro - President of Local Committee

Rafael Bandeira - LEO

Bruna Pessoa - LEO

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