Study Abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad in Sao Paulo: Courses

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Students should take a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 17 credits.

All courses are subject to change at the discretion of FAAP.

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

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, general principles of taxation, labor law, international tax planning and economic agreements, consumer law and arbitration law.

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

Family owned businesses make up a significant segment of Brazilís economy and there are many real examples of successful entrepreneurship. What sets family run businesses apart from others? What challenges do they face as they grow?

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

A survey of relevant issues and aspects of Brazil and Brazilian communities: the economy and urbanization; construction of cultural and ethnic identities; racism; culture, art and music; educational system; religions, social change; social structure and social class; public sector and crime, social control; public and international security; environment and sustainable development.

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

Examines 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

This subject introduces the concept of global competence as an important tool for preparing students to face the challenges of a globalized world. 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.

International Relations 310 (2) | U.S. and Brazil Relations

Examines relations between the United States and Brazil in a Latin American context providing a theoretical approach, a historical overview, an evaluation of the decision-making process in the bilateral agenda and inputs for the analysis of contemporary issues between both countries.

International Relations 311 (2) | International Negotiation

What is negotiation? The influence of culture in international negotiations. Topics include basic concepts of negotiation, the influence of culture in international negotiations, distributive trade, target prices, limit prices, anchoring and Zopa, the seven elements of negotiation (Harvard), styles of negotiators and how to assess your style and manage your performance during negotiation.

Law 313 (2) | International Environmental Law

Introduction to the sources and principles of International Environmental Law including soft law and its importance; protected mega space: biodiversity and forests, international river basins; climate change; pollution; world, natural and cultural heritage. Principles of sustainable development in international environmental governance and the global agenda.