American Universities Now Accept Exame Nacional do Ensino Medio (ENEM)

Translated from original Portuguese article in O Globo, a Brazilian newspaper.

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Respected institutions around the world use the ENEM test as part of their admissions, now including the United States.

The Exame Nacional do Ensino Medio (ENEM) (English: National High School Exam) is the key way to enroll in higher education in Brazil. What not everyone knows is that this test can help students to study in countries such as Canada, United Kingdom and Portugal. Now, high school seniors can even use their ENEM score to apply for American universities. 

New York University, Northeastern and Temple are some of the universities that accept ENEM as part of their application process. Director of Temple’s Center for American Language, Jacqueline McCafferty, explains that students who desire to apply for American universities should visit the webpage for the Common Application, which works as an application form for almost 900 universities. 

Temple Center for American Language and Culture director, Jackie McCafferty.

McCafferty explains how test scores are used as a baseline for the evaluation of the candidate. The ideal is that the student would have an ENEM score above 600 points. Students also need to take an English proficiency test and send school transcripts.

Some universities ask for the students to write an application letter, in which they talk about their life and what they intend to study at the university to which they are applying. The process may seem challenging, but according to McCafferty, the benefits of studying in the United States are worth it. American universities usually follow an educational model based in liberal arts, which means that students have the opportunity to take classes in different areas of study.

“The goal is to develop a graduate that has knowledge not only within their chosen field, but in others as well,” explained McCafferty, who hosted a free lecture about the U.S. admissions process on November 12 at IBEU Copacabana at 6 p.m. 

Housing and Financial Aid

Beyond the academic benefits, U.S. universities also encourage positive social interaction.

Temple University, for example, has over 300 student organizations in which students can learn skills that are fundamental for life after college. It helps them to grow their network and contributes to both development and the student’s experience.

Many American universities offer housing for their students. At Temple, you may also receive financial aid depending on your circumstances. 

“Merit scholarships are available for students, and when admitted to the school they will be notified about the opportunity to receive this benefit,” said McCafferty. 

Below are some foreign universities that accept ENEM: 

United States:

  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Temple University

United Kingdom:

  • Oxford University
  • Bristol University 


  • Toronto University


  • University College Cork


  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • Universidade de Lisboa 
  • Universidade de Madeira
  • Universidade de Aveiro