Study Abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad in Sao Paulo: Courses

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For a full academic and course overview of the program, see comments below. Students should take a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 17 credits.

All courses are subject to change at the discretion of FAAP. For current course listings please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.

AIFS recommends that students take a Portuguese language course in order to gain the most from the academic program and their time in Brazil; however it is not mandatory. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese Language 101 (6) | Elementary level

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 time, 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.

Portuguese Language 201 (6) | Intermediate level

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.

Courses Taught in English

Business/Economics 301 (3) | Doing Business in Brazil

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.

Business 302 (2) | Family Business: Making a successful transition to the next generation

Family owned businesses make a significant segment of Brazils economy and there are many real examples of successful entrepreneurship that have stood the test of time. The objectives of this course include understanding the family business- what sets family run businesses apart from others? What challenges do they face as they grow? Strategic planning and its value within family run businesses and identifying the importance of communicating vision and values to non-family members.

Business/History/Sociology 305 (3) | Brazil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

A survey of relevant issues and aspects of Brazil and Brazilian communities: Brazil in numbersan overview; the economy and urbanization; development issues and institutions; construction of cultural and ethnic identities; racism; Brazilian culture, art and music; Brazilian educational system; Brazilian communities: religions in Brazil, social change; social structure and social class; public sector and crime, social control; public and international security; private sector and industrial evolution (quality and productivity); environment and sustainable development.

Geography/Politics/History 307 (4) | Regional Studies

The purpose of this course is to present and discuss the role some key Asian nations play in international economic and political affairs. Students will discuss China, India, Japan, their relations within their specific regional setting and at the global level.

International Relations 309 (3) | Global Competence

Previous assumptions about the world are rapidly becoming obsolete. Globalization, the digital revolution, mass migration, and the prospect of climate instability are triggering new concerns and demanding new kinds of students and professionals, individuals with certain skills and capabilities that together constitute what we define as global competence. This subject will introduce the concept of global competence as an important tool for the preparation of students in order to face the challenges of a diverse working environment and globalized world. Besides the learning of the theory related to the subject, participants will experience the different skills that are considered global competencies through their active participation in cross-cultural activities, case studies and research conducted in class.


The new 3-credit courses listed below are planned for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

  • Brazilian Cinema
  • International Business
  • Environmental and Social Change in Brazil
  • Geopolitics
  • The United Nations System