• Attracting visitors from all over the world, São Paulo is a diverse international city, but with its own distinct local flare. With street art on nearly every corner, the city is brimming with creativity, color, and energy.   

• Build your Portuguese skills not simply by studying the language but by exploring the history, culture, literature and identity of the people of Brazil. 

• Today, FAAP is considered one of the most important and respected academic and cultural institutions in Brazil, giving you access to high quality faculty and world-class facilities. 

• Take part in the city’s most popular sport by joining a futebol (or soccer) team and competing with natives who live and breathe the sport. Or have an out-of-the-box experience by participating in the brand-new sport of beach tennis, a mixture of beach volleyball, tennis, and badminton (available to play on one of the on-campus sand courts). 


With a population of almost 12 million inhabitants that are made up of over 70 nationalities, São Paulo is an international city that offers diversity, vibrancy, and culture. Experience dancing the Samba during Carnaval, strut the runway at the São Paulo Fashion Week, or show your pride at the largest Pride parade in the world.   


Live with Brazilian or other international students in a shared student apartment off-campus. Students will share a room, kitchen and bathroom with another student. There is also an option to upgrade to a single room for an additional fee. The student apartment includes a coworking space, games room and gym.


Dig into São Paulo’s rich street food culture or visit a local food market where you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and more to create your own meals. We recommend budgeting around $3,000 per semester for dining.  


FAAP offers plenty of opportunities to connect socially with other students through cultural expeditions, volunteer opportunities, and events. Some examples of past activities include a newcomer's party, a Capoeira class (an art form with elements of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music, and spirituality), cooking classes, jewelry workshops, samba and forró dance classes, and much more! 


There are endless places for you to explore throughout Brazil, including destinations that will have you checking multiple items off your bucket list. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, admire the spectacular Iguaçu Falls, or visit a coffee farm to discover why Brazil has some of the best coffee beans in the world. 

What We Love About FAAP 

Located in Higienópolis, one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado is one of the most prominent institutions promoting arts and culture in the region. We particularly love this program because of the on-campus access to artistic opportunities like the Brazilian Art Museum, the FAAP Theater, and workshops on wood, metal, jewelry-making, and more.  

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Program Website

Course Description

This program offers a relatively structured course outline focusing on learning Portuguese through the study of the language and the culture in which it is embedded.  Classes include a language class aligned to appropriate language skill levels (including beginners) accompanied by 2 additional courses exploring the history, literature, culture and identity of the people of Brazil.  Students can also engage in a theater workshop and multiple integrated, hands-on activities in the community. 

If their schedule allows, students may enroll in additional classes offered in English in FAAP’s English Language Institute for an additional fee. This includes interesting options such as Fashion Trend Analysis, Luxury Management or the Start Up Experience as well as more traditional classes in international relations, business or public relations. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 285 hours in an 18-week program, which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 18-19 U.S. Credit Hours.  Students will earn a certificate of program completion.  Additional classes through the institute are generally 36-45 hours per class/ 2-3 US credit hours. 

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 


Foreign Language (Portuguese) 



Area Studies (in Portuguese) 



Level 1 (Basic) 


Brazilin Foreign Policy  


Level 2 (Intermediate) 


International Institutions, Regimes, and Organizations 


Level 3 (Advanced) 


International Environmental Issues 




Brazilin Culture and Identity

Website for Course Availability

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(in Portuguese)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    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

Special Application Instructions

Passport: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

Visa/Residence Permit: A student visa is required for study in Brazil over 90 days. The visa application is completed online with a required $160.00 application fee. Upon entry into Brazil, students must register with the Federal Police to receive an identity card, approximately $40.00(subject to change)  For more information on the process, please review the ISEP Country Handbook.

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. 

Students who already have an intermediate level of Spanish may enroll for an additional fee in the pre-session Intensive Portuguese I for Spanish Speakers to fulfill the requirements of Extensive Portuguese I, and then continue with Extensive Portuguese 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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