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ISEP Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Brazil

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Calendar Year


São Paulo, Brazil




2.8 GPA, 0-4 semesters college Portuguese, junior standing preferred. Good academic & disciplinary standing with UI

Application Due:

Exchange program: 1/30 for fall, 8/15 for spring & calendar year. Direct program: rolling admission with final deadlines of 3/15 for Spring & Calendar Year and 10/1 for fall semester.

Program Cost:

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Through the University of Iowa’s membership in ISEP, International Student Exchange Program, UI students have the opportunity to study for a semester or calendar year at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP). Students have three different options for their studies at FAAP

  1. Regular coursework in Portuguese with Brazilian students
  2. Extensive Portuguese Course I which focuses on the language along with Brazilian History and Culture
  3. Business and International Studies Program in English
These programs are administered by ISEP which is a network of over 300 colleges and universities in 50 countries. The universities and colleges cooperate to provide affordable access to international education. ISEP is a nonprofit organization.

Academic Program

Regular Courses

Students can study for a semester or a calendar year and take regular courses, which are taught in Portuguese.

Whether a student is on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct they can enroll in regular courses at FAAP provided they meet the language prerequisites. In order to enroll in regular courses students must have a minimum of four semesters of university-level Portuguese or an advanced Spanish level (native speaker or equivalent) which must be completed prior to the program. Students typically enroll in eight to nine classes per term, which averaged to 16-20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 18-19 weeks. There are a variety of courses that can be taken from any one of the followings schools: School of Arts, School of Business, School of Communications School of Economics and the School of Engineering to name a few.

ISEP Direct Extensive Portuguese Course

This is an extensive Portuguese course that offers language learning and practice in the contexts of culture, history, geography, literature, and current events. Students enroll in either Portuguese I or II. This course is designed for students without enough knowledge of the Portuguese language to enroll in regular courses. The prerequisite for this course is 0-2 semesters of university-level Portuguese.

ISEP Direct Study in English

The Study in English program offers courses primarily focusing on business and international studies. Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes per term, which averages to 12-16 hours in class per week. A term runs for 18-19 weeks. No prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required to participate in this program.

Program Dates

This program runs on the Southern Hemisphere schedule. Semester 1 runs from February to June. Semester 2 is from August to December. Students who are interested in studying for a full-year should consider starting their program in the Spring semester of the northern hemisphere, i.e. February.

Application deadlines

Exchange program: 1/30 for Fall, 8/15 for Spring & Calendar Year.
Direct program: Rolling admission with final deadlines of 3/15 for Spring & Calendar Year and 10/1 for Fall semester.

For more information

Before initiating an application with ISEP students are required to meet with the Study Abroad Advisor for this program, Kristine Djerf. Please contact the Study Abroad Office by stopping by, 1111 University Capitol Centre, or calling, 319-335-0353, to schedule an appointment.

The University

Classes are taken at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP). FAAP is located in Higienópolis, one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo. It was founded in 1947 on the grounds of the estate of Count Armando Alvares Penteado. FAAP has over 13,000 students and offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework. The foundation is an important cultural center in São Paulo, housing one of the most eminent theaters in the city and the Museu de Arte Brasileira.

The City

São Paulo is not only the largest city in Brazil, but it also holds the title of the largest city in the Americas with a population of approximately 11.4 million people in the city proper. The whole metro area is just over twenty million people. The city of São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo. Those from the city are known as paulistanos, while paulistas describe those from the state of São Paulo, including paulistanos. Located in the countryside yet not too far from the coast, São Paulo became a center for explorers providing a safe place for tired travelers to rest and a starting point for those who marched into unknown lands looking for riches. São Paulo continued to grow because of the production and trade of coffee, and then came the industrial age which was then followed by the service industries of today.
The climate is mild in comparison to Iowa with summer (Jan – March) highs and lows ranging from 63˚ – 82˚ degrees, and winter (July – September) temperatures ranging between 52˚ – 73˚ degrees. Yet even with these mild temperatures, the city experiences four distinct seasons.
São Paulo is the most multicultural city in Brazil and one of the most diverse in the world. The city has the largest populations of ethnic Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Lebanese and Arabic outside of their respective countries. The Italian community is one of the largest and there are more than six thousand pizzerias in the city making about a million pizzas a day!

The Country

Brazil occupies 47% of the continent of South America and is recognized as having the greatest biological diversity in the world. It is a democratic republic with the classic tripartite branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial under a checks and balances system which is formally established by the constitution. Brazil’s culture is derived from Portuguese culture but is heavily influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures.

Some quick facts

1. Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile.
2. Snowfall has been recorded in Brazil.
3. Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the past 150 years.
4. The prince of Portugal, Pedro I, declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in either a student house or a homestay. In a homestay, students live in a shared apartment with a Brazilian and other international students. In the student house, students will live in a shared room with other international students. A stipend for meals will be provided to students.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in São Paulo by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in the Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office in São Paulo and information about accommodations.

Local Transportation

Over 16,000 buses make up the São Paulo public transit system. The fleet is colored to represent the area it serves (dark blue for the northern area) or the bus is white to show that it serves the central region of the city. São Paulo also has two rail systems. One is underground and is called “metro” and the other is a suburban rail system. This line serves regions not reached by the underground system.


2.8 GPA. Junior standing preferred. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University of Iowa.

  • Regular Courses - whether it be ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct - students must have a minimum of four semesters of college-level Portuguese or an advanced Spanish level (native speaker or equivalent). Spanish speakers that do not have an Intermediate level of Portuguese will be required to enroll in a five-week pre-session intensive language program.
  • ISEP Direct - Extensive Portuguese Course - students can have between 0 and 2 semester of college-level Portuguese.
  • ISEP Direct - Business & International Studies Program - there is not a language requirement for native English speakers.

Good academic and disciplinary standing - It is the policy of the UI Study Abroad office that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will not be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred. See the ‘Withdrawal Policy’ below for more information about the related late withdrawal fees.

Program Costs

ISEP Exchange Program

Students pay their regular UI tuition and fees. A course fee is charged to students to cover room and board.

ISEP Program Program

Students are charged a Program Fee on their Ubill. This charge covers tuition, housing, and most meals.

In addition, students are assessed a University of Iowa Study Abroad Administrative Fee . Also on the Ubill will be the mandatory Iowa Regents International CISI insurance
Other costs include but are not limited to, application fee, round trip airfare to the program site, passport fees, student visa fees, meals not included in housing, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

How to Apply

Schedule and meet with Kristine Djerf, the Study Abroad Advisor for Latin America. Appointments can be set up in person in 1111 UCC or by phone at 319-335-0353. After discussing the program and its requirements with the Advisor, the University of Iowa Study Abroad application can be completed. Final Admissions decisions to the program are made by ISEP and FAAP.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is August 15 for the Spring Semester and Calendar Year. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the advisor in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.
For Fall Semester and Academic Year the deadline is January 30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should meet with the advisor in December prior to the end of the Fall semester.

Once confirmed by FAAP, students will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of their placement. Students will also receive a “Welcome” mailing from their host institution with further academic and arrival information. ISEP also provides excellent insight into host countries, cities, and universities through their Student Handbook and Country Handbooks found on their website.


All UI students attend a general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. During this orientation, such topics as health, safety, identity, cultural adjustment, and money will be discussed.
Other orientation sessions are given dealing with various subjects such as, “Living with a host family”, “Maximizing language learning while abroad”, “First time solo flyers” and more.
An individualized meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor will address specific topics including billing, registration and credit procedures at Iowa.

Before Traveling

Students must complete certain documents and activities before leaving for their study abroad experience and these include:
1. Turning in a copy of the information page of their passport to Study Abroad.
2. Completing and turning in a copy of their Credit Approval form.
3. Registering in ISIS for the appropriate study abroad course.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343