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.

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

FAAP offers small classes and individualized programs. ISEP students are welcome to attend and combine courses in all fields of study provided they have the appropriate level of Portuguese and preparation for the classes they choose.

FAAP offers a variety of courses taught in Portuguese in the fields of arts, business, communications, computer science, law, economics and engineering.

Tips for finding courses:

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. 

Students are also encouraged to enroll in the pre-session and in-session intensive Portuguese courses. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | 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.


(in Portuguese)

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

  • Business:

    Economics Marketing

  • Communication:

    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: Recommended!

    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

Other Academic Conditions

Students should have a B1 level of Portuguese to take regular university courses at FAAP. 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. The tuition for the pre-session program is included, but room and board is an additional fee.

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