PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• 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.  

• Studying at FAAP is an exciting opportunity to bring new perspectives to common classes such as business, communication, digital arts and fashion. 

• 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 (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). 

LIFE ABROAD 

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 

Live with locals or other international students in a student house (called a homestay by locals) with several other Brazilian or international students. There is also an option to upgrade to a single room for an additional fee. 

DINE 

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.   

EXPERIENCE 

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! 

EXPLORE 

There are endless places for you to explore throughout Brazil! 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 of São Paulo. We particularly love this program because of the access to on-campus artistic opportunities like the Brazilian Art Museum, the FAAP Theater, and workshops on wood, metal, jewelry-making, and more. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

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Course Description

Studying at FAAP is an exciting opportunity to bring new perspectives to business, international relations, and digital media. Take classes in English such as Consumer Culture or Fashion Trend Analysis.  Explore global business practices, entrepreneurship or international relations. Expand foundations in film or the digital arts by studying at one of the finest arts institutes in Brazil.   

Students often combine these courses with a 100-hour/5-week Portuguese language class. Students who speak Portuguese can enroll in standard university classes as well. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 180-189 hours in an 18-week program, which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-13 U.S. Credit Hours.   

Students who take the intensive language course should plan on earning 100 hours, which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 6 credits for the language course, and then choosing 2-4 additional classes to complete a full-time academic program. 

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 in English: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Business 

 
 
 
 

Business 

 
 
 
 

International Relations 

 
 
 
 

Media 

 
 
 
 

Brazil and China Inside Culture and Business 

 
 

International Marketing 

 
 

Arts & Culture – Brazil and Latin America 

 
 

Performance for Radio and Television 

 
 
 
 

Consumer Culture 

 
 

Foreign Trade Practices 

 
 

Contemporary International Relations 

 
 

Consumer Culture 

 
 
 
 

Cross Cultural Management 

 
 

Luxury Management 

 
 

Special Topics in International Relations 

 
 

Film Language 

 
 
 
 

Doing Business in Brazil 

 
 

Fashion Trend Analysis 

 
 

Contemporary Japanese Society 

 
 

Digital Media

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Business

    International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication

  • International/Global Studies

  • Sports Studies

    Sport and Fitness Management

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 67
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 500
  • IELTS Score: 5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 4
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

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.

Undergraduate
(in Portuguese)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

  • Business: Recommended!

    Economics Marketing

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Journalism Public Relations Radio and Television

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Fashion/Apparel Design Film Studies Graphic Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Reading Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Listening Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Speaking Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

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

Tips for finding courses in English: 

Students on the Study in English program can take up to six courses taught entirely in English by international and local faculty at FAAP. Go to the Study in English page to find the list and description of courses available for the current semester. The course offerings vary each semester. 

Tips for finding courses in Portuguese: 

1. View the Schools and Courses available at FAAP. 

2. Click on the subject under each school to see the courses available. 

3. Click on the course number to go to the course description.  

4. The courses are organized by semester. Courses in odd-numbered semesters (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) are offered January – June. Courses in even-numbered semesters (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th) are offered July – December.  

It is recommended that students also enroll in the in-session intensive Portuguese course, included in ISEP benefits. Students may also choose to enroll in a pre-session intensive Portuguese course for an additional fee. No prior Portuguese language experience is required.   

For regular university courses in Portuguese, students should have a B1 level of Portuguese. Students who have an A2 level of Portuguese and are advanced level Spanish speakers may apply, provided that they enroll in the five-week pre-session Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers course mentioned above. The tuition for the pre-session program is included, but room and board is an additional fee. 

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