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ISEP Direct Brazil FAAP Summer Program

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Sessions Offered:



São Paulo, Brazil




2.85 GPA, 4 semesters of college-level Portuguese and/or Spanish as a second language

Application Due:

March 15

Program Cost:

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This five-week Brazilian Language, History and Culture program at ISEP member institution Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) provides an introduction to Brazil through a total of 100 hours of class time plus cultural activities. Classes cover such topics as language, history, geography, introduction to Brazilian and Portuguese literature and culture. The cultural activities include Brazilian song, dance, and cooking.

This program is 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 non-profit organization.

Academic Program

Classes meet Monday through Friday in the afternoon. Courses include Portuguese language, History, Brazilian Culture, and Introduction to Brazilian and Portuguese Literature.

The courses are designed for students

  1. Who are fluent in Spanish, either native or as a second language (intermediate or above)
  2. Who have taken four semesters of university-level Portuguese language courses

Students are required to schedule an online interview with the language coordinator at FAAP to determine whether they will be placed in Intensive Portuguese I or Intensive Portuguese II. Once in Brazil, student will take a placement exam. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.

Program dates

July and August

Application Deadline

March 15

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

• Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile.
• Snowfall has been recorded in Brazil.
• Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the past 150 years.
• 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 have the option of staying in a homestay, student house, or hostel. Please note that a “homestay” is usually considered a shared apartment with a Brazilian and 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.


2.85 GPA. Fluency in Spanish, either native or as a second language (intermediate or above), or four semesters of university-level Portuguese language classes. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University of Iowa.

Program Costs

Students are charged a Program Fee on their Ubill. This charge covers tuition, housing,and some meals. In addition to the Program Fee, 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.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Fianancial Aid to explore financial aid options. Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

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, students can then complete the University of Iowa Study Abroad application . Final admissions decisions to the program are made by FAAP Brazil.

Application Deadline

March 15

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to ISEP and the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. Students must “request to withdraw” from ISEP. The form that needs to be submitted to ISEP can be found at the following website Request to Withdraw form . The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which withdrawal fees will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Prior to accepting the placement Study Abroad Fee: $0
ISEP will retain the $100 application fee
After accepting the placement and 45 or more days before the program start date Study Abroad Fee: $400
$100 application fee plus $550 withdraw fee plus any host university incurred costs
After accepting the placement and 45 days or less before the program start date Study Abroad Fee: 50%
$100 application fee plus $1,100 withdraw fee plus any host university incurred costs
On or after Program Start Date Study Abroad Fee: 100%
$100 application fee plus $1500 withdraw fee plus any host university incurred costs

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

An individualized meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor will cover content specific to this program and the host country. In addition, the advisor will address specific topics including registration in MyUI, billing, and course approval procedures at the University of Iowa. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session when the time is appropriate.

Before Traveling

Students must complete certain documents and activities for the University of Iowa and USAC before leaving for their study abroad experience and these include:

  1. Uploading a copy of the information page of their passport to their UI study abroad application.
  2. Completing and turning in a copy of their Credit Approval Form.
  3. Registering in MyUI for the appropriate study abroad course.
  4. Completing the ICON Course

ISEP Orientation

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.

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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