AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in São Paulo, Brazil
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions


Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese language is required. A placement test after arrival determines the appropriate level. The Portuguese language courses at FAAP offer the opportunity to learn the language in different contexts. Culture, history, geography and current themes are some of the topics covered. Classes are subject to a minimum of 8 students. Sample course activities include:

  • Reading texts by famous authors from Brazilian and Portuguese literature
  • Viewing commercials and excerpts from T.V. and radio
  • Listening to Brazilian songs by renowned singers
  • Studying magazine and newspaper articles on current affairs
  • Watching videos on famous Brazilian cities including features of the 5 regions - their people, culture, popular myths and legends
  • “Festa Junina” – the annual Brazilian celebration (which takes place at the beginning of the Brazilian winter) with its typical dishes, beverages and dances
  • Brazilian cooking class
Portuguese language courses
Course Code and Credits: Portuguese Language 101 (6)
Course Title: Elementary level
Course Description:
At the end of this course, students will be able to introduce themselves, greet people, talk about themselves and others, talk about their daily routine and ask others about their routines, report simple facts in the past, talk about the weather, make comparisons, go shopping using units of measurement, talk about a future action, communicate in public places such as: in a restaurant, at a hotel and at the airport. They will also be able to write simple text and understand basic information on leaflets and advertisements.
Course Code and Credits: Portuguese Language 201 (6)
Course Title: Intermediate level
Course Description:
At the end of this course, students will be able to make assumptions, raise hypotheses, understand and give directions, make reports using the passive voice, talk about the various forms of sport and leisure, talk about health problems and medical specialties. It is also expected that they will be able to write and understand simple texts, with a predominance of colloquial language.

Elective Courses Taught in English

The elective meets for 45 contact hours (3 credits) and is subject to a minimum enrollment of 8 students.

Courses taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Business/Economics 301 (3)
Course Title: Doing Business in Brazil
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of the Brazilian economy from the last 20 years to the present. Topics include: starting a business operation in Brazil, positive and negative aspects of investing in Brazil, types of legal entities, general principles of taxation in Brazil, Brazilian labor law, land ownership, intellectual property registration, international tax planning and economic agreements, consumer law and Brazilian arbitration law.