This article aims at giving the reader a vision, in the present Brazilian situation especially of the relation between undergraduate and graduate studies as an institutional form to maintain the indissociability between teaching, research and extension. The possibilities of a mutual relationship that may enrich both levels are highlighted on the ground of data on the higher education system. The text also reviews the legal provisions existing on the matter and. identifies the gaps that should be filled.
Undergraduate/graduate studies; Levels of the Brazilian Higher Education; Teaching, research and extension