AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Course Descriptions


For a full academic and course overview of the program see comments below. All students take a Portuguese language course. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Portuguese Language and Brazilian Studies

This program is designed for students who wish to begin, or strengthen their skills in, Portuguese and take electives in Brazilian Studies.

All students take a course in Portuguese, in order to gain the most out of their study abroad experience in Brazil and to be able to access Brazilian culture and the local community both inside and outside the classroom.

The Portuguese course is an intensive 4-week course totaling 80 contact hours and carrying a recommended 5 credits. Courses are available at beginner and intermediate level. Classes are taught Monday to Friday for 3 hours per day.

As well as learning the grammar of the Portuguese language students will gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture through structured activities which may include a Brazilian cooking class, reading texts from famous Brazilian authors and Portuguese literature, listening to Brazilian songs and joining the Fest Junina, an annual Brazilian celebration which takes place at the beginning of the Brazilian winter.

In addition to the required Portuguese course students take 3 or 4 electives, taught in English for a maximum of 18 credits (minimum course load 13 credits). With a focus on the Brazilian perspective, the elective course subject fields include business, economics, environmental studies, geography, human rights and sociology.

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

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 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.
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.

Courses Taught in English

Choose up to 4 electives.

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.
Course Code and Credits: Business 302 (2)
Course Title: Family Business: Making a successful transition to the next generation
Course Description:
Family owned businesses make a significant segment of Brazil’s 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.
Course Code and Credits: Geography/Politics/History 307 (4)
Course Title: Regional Studies
Course Description:
The course is composed of 2 modules (you may take one or both modules) analyzing the geographic, political and historical aspects of Africa and the Middle East (2 credits) and/or China and Asia (2 credits).
Course Code and Credits: International Relations 309 (3)
Course Title: Global Competence
Course Description:
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.

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