Study Abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad in Sao Paulo: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: business, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, international relations, law, politics, Portuguese language, sociology. Internships also available.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to begin or strengthen their skills in Portuguese language and/or take courses, taught in English, in Brazilian Studies. In order to gain the most out of the study abroad experience and be able to access Brazilian culture and the local community it is highly recommended that students take a course in Portuguese language, although this is not required.

The Portuguese language course is an intensive 4-week course totaling 100 contact hours and carrying a recommended 6 credits. Courses are available at Beginner and Intermediate level and language level is determined by a placement test. In addition to learning the grammar of Portuguese language, students will gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture through structured activities which may include a Brazilian cooking class, listening to Brazilian songs and reading texts from Brazilian authors and Portuguese literature.

The courses taught in English focus on the Brazilian perspective and include business, economics, environmental studies, geography, international relations, politics and sociology. The minimum course load is 13 credits and the maximum is 17 credits.

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

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 17 2.5 GPA

Students who already have a higher level of Portuguese language may participate in the Internship Program. Placements are offered in the fields of business, environmental studies, marketing and many more. Internships are generally for 20 hours a week and recommended for 6 semester credits. In addition to the internship placement students should still take four courses from the Brazilian Studies program. The total internship hours will be listed on the FAAP transcript along with a detailed evaluation from the placement and faculty at FAAP. For further information about the internship program please contact your AIFS Admissions Officer.

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

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 2.5 GPA

Fundao Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP)

Fundao 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 centrally-located neighborhood of Higienopolis, the foundation also has a modern building that houses the FAAP Center of Excellence and new campuses in So Jose dos Campos and Ribero Preto, designed exclusively for professional development. FAAPs 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.

FAAPs programs are recognized by the Ministry of Education of Brazil and have a long standing reputation in the country. The foundation is not only a school; it is one of the most renowned centers supporting arts and culture in the state of So Paulo. These activities are developed by the Museum of Brazilian Art, the FAAP Theater and the Artistic Residence, turning the campus atmosphere into a perfect blend of education, art and culture; an unforgettable experience for international students.

FAAP is an international institution. Its partners are on the five continents, in more than 50 countries. Social responsibility is a commitment at FAAP; the foundation runs many charitable projects involving its students.