FAAP College – Sao Paulo


    FAAP College – Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado
    Portuguese Language & Brazilian Culture (Sao Paulo)
    5 Week Terms: July & August – 20 hrs wk (100)
    $1995 USD per 5 Week Session
    Open to all Worldwide


    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    Sao Paolo at Sunset

    The Program

    Study Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture at the prestigious “Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado” (FAAP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. University type program, short term of 5 weeks. All students take a placement test and are put in the proper level Portuguese course. Located in the residential “District of Higienopolis”, nearby neighborhoods include Pacaembu, Perdizes, and Bela Vista where you can find all kinds of local amenities. Housing options include host family, apartments, student hostel, and hotel. Overall, studying at FAAP is a wonderful opportunity to improve your Portuguese, experience the Brazilian Culture, as well as the vibrant city life that Sao Paulo has to offer. Transcript is issued by FAAP. Join us! Minimum age is 17 yrs. ACCESS TO INTERNET: Yes. Computers and e-mail access available. Cultural elective course taught in English also included.

    The Location

    Sao Paulo is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 11 million people living there. When you add the “greater Sao Paulo” area, it is over 19 million. Descendants of many different ethnic groups live in Sao Paulo: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, African, German, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, Jews, and Koreans. Many descendants of other South American countries also live there, such as Bolivia and Argentina. Sao Paulo is the commercial and industrial center of Brazil. Many people consider it the most important city in South America.


    Portuguese Language: Levels – Beginner – Intermediate. All students take a placement test and are placed in the proper level. Class time is 45 minutes each. Attendance required. Transcript issued by Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP).

    * Portuguese Language 101 (elementary) – 4 credit hours.
    Total course hours = 100 (5 week course) Classes from Monday – Friday, from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
    Textbook: Bem-Vindo! A Lingua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicacao, 7th edition, SBS publisher.

    Elementary Course. Students will learn to introduce themselves, greet people, talk about themselves, talk about their routine, converse with others on daily events, time, report simple facts, make comparisons, go shopping, using units of measurement, communicate in public places like a restaurant, hotel, or airport. They will also learn to write simple text and understand basic predominance of colloquial language.

    * Portuguese Language 201 (intermediate) – 4 credit hours.
    Total course hours = 100 (5 week course) Classes from Monday – Friday, from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
    Textbook: Bem Vindo! A Lingua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicacao, 7th edition, SBS publisher.

    Intermediate Course. Students are expected to make assumptions, raise hypotheses, understand and give directions, make reports using the passive voice, talk about the various forms of sports and leisure, talk about health problems and medical specialties. Also, to interpret and comment on literary works, chronicles and journalistic texts with more confidence, as well as understand a great deal of programs on TV, movies, with a predominance of colloquial language.

    Electives Taught in English (select one per 5 wks)

    • Doing Business in Brazil – 45 hours – 3 credits
    • International Environmental Law – 36 hours – 2 credits
    • International Negotiation – 36 hours – 2 credits
    • Global Competences – 45 hours – 3 credits
    • Corporate Governance – 36 hours – 2 credits
    • Contemporary Int’l Politics – 42 hours – 3 credits

    * May vary due to number of students interested
    * Course descriptions obtained there


    • texts by renowned authors from Brazilian and Portuguese Literature
    • commercials and excerpts from TV series and radio
    • songs from renowned singers in Brazil
    • magazine and newspaper articles on current affairs
    • Festa Junina – annual Brazilian Festival celebration – beginning of Brazilian winter
    • practice in Brazilian cooking – sponsored by the Catering Undergraduate Course at FAAP
    • videos on most famous Brazilian cities

    NOTE: May need to pay for some class materials (small fee paid there).

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 4 – 6 credits for each 5 week session. Total of 100 course hours during the 5 week term. Transcript issued by FAAP.
    Textbook: Bem-Vindo! A Lingua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicacao, 7th edition, SBS publisher.


    Tours to historical places in Sao Paulo may include: Latin America’s Memorial, Historical Center of Sao Paulo, Municipal Market, Paulista Museum (also know as Ipiranga or Independence), and the Art Museum of Sao Paulo – MASP. May require a participation fee for entrance fees and transportation. Tours are optional – you can attend or not.

    FAAP has a museum (MAB), Theater, Fitness Center, and Library. Internet access is available.


    No residence hall on campus. Students stay in a “student house” (apartments / hostel), or with local host family.

    CSA will request housing for you, and the staff there will assist in finding accommodations for all students.

    Please select what type of housing you prefer when you register online.

    Rates vary, but you should expect housing to cost as follows:

    • Student House: $800 – $1100 USD per 5 weeks: single room, kitchen, bathroom, TV, cable, internet, and laundry.
    • Host Family: $800 – $1100 USD per 5 weeks: no meals, but can be arranged (request).
    • Pay housing there upon arrival check-in.
    • You can arrange own housing if you prefer, just let us know. Some website links included with your documents.

    Dates and Fees

    * Intensive Portuguese Course
    * 4 hrs per day / 20 hrs per week (100 hrs)
    * + 1 Cultural elective taught in English.

    * Plan to arrive over the weekend, and start classes on Monday


    5 weeks July (early) – August (early)
    2019 Dates: July 1st – August 2nd, 2019
    2020 Dates: June 29th – August 1st, 2020
    2021 Dates: June 28th – July 30th, 2021
    $1995 USD
    5 weeks August (early) – September (mid)
    2019 Dates: August 5th – September 6th, 2019
    2020 Dates: August 3rd – September 4th, 2020
    2021 Dates: August 2nd – September 3rd, 2021
    $1995 USD

    * June – August is “Winter season” in Brazil.
    * Check in 1 – 2 days prior start date. Depart day after classes end.


    Minimum age is 17 years old. Passport and Visa required. If you do not have a passport, apply for one as soon as possible. You need a passport first in order to apply for a Visa. Apply for a short-term Visa at the nearest Brazilian Embassy (Consulate) as soon as your receive your confirmation documents from CSA.


    Check-in 1 -2 days prior the start date. Airport pick-up service available for a small fee. Please request airport pick-up in advance if desired. Also, e-mail flight arrival details.

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