Study Abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad in São Paulo: Academics

Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP)

Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) was founded in 1947 as a foundation designed to support and foster fine arts. Over the years, it has consolidated its position as one of the most important and respected academic institutions in Brazil with the equivalent of university status.

The institution has roughly 12,500 students in its schools of Business, Fine Arts, Communications, Law, Economics and Engineering. In addition to its main campus in the centrallylocated neighborhood of Higienopolis, the Foundation also has a modern building that houses the FAAP Center of Excellence and new campuses in São Jose dos Campos and Riberão Preto, designed exclusively for professional development. FAAP’s executive MBA program has been repeatedly elected one of the best in Brazil.

In carrying out its threefold mission to promote education, encourage research and support cultural events, FAAP serves as a center for the study of economic, historical, cultural and artistic issues in Brazil and abroad.

Academic Overview & Policies

Take an intensive Portuguese language course and an elective course, taught in English, on business in Brazil.

Portuguese is available at Beginner and Intermediate level.

We advise students to gain pre-approval for course credit with their home institution before participating in the program.

Attendance is required for full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of excused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Course load Language classes meet for a total of 100 hours (6 credits) including 20 hours of structured activities for students to consolidate language acquisition and gain cultural awareness. Classes are taught Monday through Friday. In addition, students may enroll in an elective taught in English. The elective course is 45 contact hours including class time and excursions.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Library With a totally computerized system, the library has a collection of approximately 100,000 registered books, as well as newspapers, videotapes, CDs, slides and access to the Internet.

Transcripts will be issued by Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution.

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