Portuguese Foreign Study Program (FSP) in São Paulo, Brazil

Beginning Winter term 2018, we will offer one FSP to São Paulo, Brazil each year.


The programs in São Paulo are led by a faculty member of the Spanish and Portuguese Department and emphasizes an advanced acquisition of Portuguese language through the experience of living with Brazilian families for the entire term, as well as studying language, literature, and culture.

The FSP offers PORT 25 (Advanced Portuguese: Composition, Dist: WCult: NW), PORT 35 (Advanced Studies in Brazilian Culture and Society, Dist: SOC; WCult: NW), and PORT 36 (Studies in Contemporary Brazilian Literature, Dist: LIT; WCult: NW)

Our programs abroad are designed to help you develop your language skills, get in touch with locals and explore the social and cultural environment. Besides regular classes, the programs offer a wide range of excursions, lectures, guided visits, and workshops. The FSP involves two days of extensive, on-site orientation, nine weeks of academic coursework, and a total of eight days of cultural excursions as a group to sites of interest in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.


PORT 20 with a grade of B or better. The student may apply and be accepted to the program before taking PORT 20, but must complete the prerequisite prior to the FSP.

Participants will be accepted on the basis of their application forms, letters of reference, and an interview. Actual participation in the programs is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing and compliance with orientation procedures. For more information on this new program, you may contact Prof. Rodolfo A. Franconi or Prof. Carlos A. C. Minchillo.


The Off-Campus Programs in Portuguese are based in São Paulo, capital of the homonymous state of São Paulo. Cosmopolitan and vibrant, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It is a hub of business, culture, sports and the arts that appeals to a wide range of tastes and interests. Founded in 1554, São Paulo matured into a culturally diverse city, powerful economically and politically. It was one of the first cities to benefit from the coffee boom in the late 19th century. Soon after, it became the foremost industrial center in Latin America, attracting major waves of domestic migrants and foreign immigrants, particularly Italians, Germans, Japanese, Lebanese, Syrians, Greeks, Chinese and Koreans. Home to top institutions of higher education, São Paulo has a large and diverse population of university students and is Brazil's main center for academic research and professional development. Classes are taught at the CIEE center and at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - PUC-SP.