As the fourth largest city in the world and the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere. São Paulo is the cultural and financial capital of Brazil, and one of the top cities for study abroad in Latin America (QS Best Student Cities Ranking).  With world-renowned nightlife, excellent cuisine, a lively fashion scene, 223 cinemas, 92 theatres, 11 cultural centers, 70 museums and dozens of historic buildings, there is always something new to explore in this metropolis of 21 million people. São Paulo is also a melting pot of different cultures, with large Italian, Arab and Japanese communities. 

Located in Higienópolis, one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado was originally founded in 1947 as a foundation to support fine arts. The Museum of Brazilian Art, the FAAP Theatre and the Artist in Residence program make FAAP one of the most prominent institutions promoting arts and culture in the region of São Paulo. Today, FAAP is considered one of the most important and respected academic and cultural institutions in Brazil, and FAAP’s Executive MBA is considered one of the best in the country. FAAP prepares future business, public, cultural and artistic leaders, with a mission to promote both teaching and the arts and provide its students with a well-rounded education.

The Extensive Portuguese Program is a great fit for students who want to learn Portuguese in an immersive environment. ISEP students immerse themselves in Brazilian culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living in the community. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. 

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Course Description

The Extensive Portuguese Course at FAAP offers immersive language learning and practice in the context of the culture, history, geography, literature and current events in Brazil. No prior Portuguese language experience is required.

Students enroll in either Extensive Portuguese Course I or Extensive Portuguese Course II, which combine Portuguese language courses with Brazilian history and culture courses. All courses are instructed in Portuguese, at the appropriate level. There is a total of 285 contact hours per term, and a term runs for 18-19 weeks.

Students may enroll in the pre-session Intensive Portuguese I for Spanish Speakers course to fulfill the requirements for Extensive Portuguese I, and then continue with Extensive Portguese II during the semester. 

Students may also concurrently enroll in one or more courses within the Study in English program during the semester for an additional fee.

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(in Portuguese)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Latin American Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Portuguese Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Other Academic Conditions

On your ISEP course list, please simply list “Extensive Portuguese Course”. FAAP will contact you to determine your exact level of proficiency, and decide what level course you should enroll in. Course availability is subject to minimum enrollment. 

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