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07/03/2014 - 12/13/2014
Deadlines:
03/15/2014
Credit:
21 - 24 semester / 31.5 - 36 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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04/01/2015
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01/12/2015 - 06/26/2015 *
Deadlines:
10/15/2014
Credit:
21 - 24 semester / 31.5 - 36 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Like Portuguese? Now’s your chance to learn it in the heart of Brazil. CIEE’s Liberal Arts program helps you get the most out of your time here through homestays with a local family and intensive pre-term language instruction. During the semester, you’ll continue your language studies while taking liberal arts courses in English at a top university. CIEE excursions help you explore Brazil, and volunteer work offers a great way to get to know the locals.

Study abroad in São Paulo and you'll:

  • Take part in an intensive language and culture pre-term session to prepare you for direct enrollment courses
  • Experience a traditional Brazilian university, founded in 1946, with an urban campus that mixes academic excellence with a diverse student body
  • Live in São Paulo, the most diverse social, economic, and cultural city in Brazil. Learn about the city's many heritages, the influence of globalization, and local cultural and social movements
  • Volunteer with and learn about local community organizations and social projects
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

We pack in a whole year’s worth of Portuguese language training into one semester. As soon as you arrive, you’ll take part in a monthlong Intensive Portuguese Language and Culture Program (ILCP) that will tune up your language skills, help you transition into the new culture, and prepare you linguistically and culturally for direct enrollment.

Excursions

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During the semester, you’ll enroll directly in a host of Portuguese-taught courses at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in subjects ranging from anthropology, history, and international relations to business administration, journalism, and the performing arts.

Excursions

Explore sites of historical and cultural importance throughout São Paulo and beyond. Journey to the colonial city of Paraty, where you can see in the architecture the disparity between slaves and the Portuguese. Tour a restored 19th-century coffee farm. Visit SOS Mata Atlântica, the most important Brazilian non-governmental organization dedicated to forest preservation. You’ll enjoy one weekend and one overnight field trip in Brazil, as well as many visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited a community of Brazil’s social agrarian Landless Movement; Aparecida do Norte, the most famous center of devotion for the Brazilian Catholic population; and a Carnival Samba School. Plus, you’ll visit area museums, attend concerts, watch Brazilian movies, and cheer on your team during soccer games.

Volunteer

Make a difference in a country known for its urban poverty. You might help at-risk adolescents at a religious center, build houses for families living in a local favela (Brazil’s unique version of a shantytown), or teach English to firemen, soldiers, and lixeiros, or garbage collectors. You’ll gain important leadership and interpersonal skills, plus a better understanding of Brazilian people. Choose from a number of volunteering opportunities in the areas of education, health, or community building through the Centro de Voluntariado de São Paulo or take part in a variety of optional, non-credit internships through the PUC Central de Estagios (Center for Internships).

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (23 wks)
03/15/2014
07/03/2014
12/13/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,867
Housing ***
$3,570
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,250
International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$550
Books & Supplies
$150
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,550

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2015 (24 wks)
10/15/2014
01/12/2015
06/26/2015
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,867
Housing ***
$3,570
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,250
International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$550
Books & Supplies
$150
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,550

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (51 wks)
03/15/2014
07/03/2014
06/26/2015

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$35,800

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$28,247
Housing ***
$7,140
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,500
International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$1,100
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,100
Expenses during break ***
$1,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break, which is approximately two months

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Calendar year 2015
10/15/2014
01/12/2015
TBA
$35,800

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$28,247
Housing ***
$7,140
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,500
International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$1,100
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,100
Expenses during break ***
$700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish and/ or 2 semesters of college-level Portuguese or equivalent
  • Portuguese or Spanish language course within the past year recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 21–24 semester/31.5–36 quarter hours (6 ILCP + 3 Semester language + 12 direct enrollment at PUC ) and for the academic year is 36–43 semester/54–64.5 quarter hours.

PUC-SP course contact hours range from 60-68 hours in the Administration, Economics, and Social Science departments. Recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

PUC-SP course contact hours range from 30–45 contact hours in the Communications and Philosophy departments. Recommended credit is 2–3 semester/3–4.5 quarter hours.

Please see individual course descriptions for CIEE course contact hours and recommended credit.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students attend the required ILCP, which prepares them linguistically and culturally prior to the start of the regular semester. During the regular semester, students take the required CIEE Portuguese language course, and a minimum of three direct enrollment courses at PUC-SP.

Students must enroll in Portuguese language study throughout their study abroad experience, including academic and calendar year students in their second semester. Academic year students may opt to pursue an independent study with approval of the academic director and their home institution.

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About the City

About The City

Fifty miles from the Atlantic coast, from atop the Italian Building in Sao Paulo, you can see beautiful sunsets and sprawling skyscrapers like a forest of trees. Down below, nightclubs thump from midnight ’til noon, ethnic eateries serve amazing food from over the world, and people skate, bike, and do yoga in Ibirapuera Park. Multicultural São Paulo is the second largest urban area in the Americas and an important South American economic and cultural center. Often compared to New York City because of its distinct ethnic neighborhoods and excellent cultural venues, the city offers South America’s best and most diverse cultural entertainment opportunities including theater, cinema, museums, concerts, Carnival samba schools, and soccer games. It has a modern subway system, shopping malls, beautiful parks, nightlife, and open-air fruit and flower markets.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Ana Luiza Coimbra

Resident Director

Ana Luiza de Lima Coimbra holds a B.A. in Portuguese and English language and literature from Universidade de São Paulo and has worked with CIEE since 1989. She has an M.A. in oral history at the Universidade de São Paulo, and extensive experience in international education. Prior to CIEE, Ana volunteered for American Field Service and taught Portuguese language and literature and English in secondary public and private schools from 1964 through 1986, during the years of the dictatorship in Brazil. She directed her own language school from 1974 until 1986. Her present academic research focuses on intercultural philosophy and the perception of Brazilian studies in the United States.

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The word “monotony” doesn’t exist in São Paulo, a city in a constant state of transformation. São Paulo is dynamic, progressive, innovative, the economic spinal cord of the country. Brazilians come from all other regions looking for its schools, hospitals, cultural centers, theatres, and job opportunities open to all social and economical needs and levels of preparedness. I moved back to São Paulo to work with CIEE 25 years ago. Despite its heavy traffic during all times during the week, and the pollution, in this city I can enjoy the constant feeling that everything is here within my reach. São Paulo is a city where you work very hard and also have access to all kinds of entertainment opportunities during your free time. I often find myself wishing for more free time to explore and enjoy all that the city has to offer. Each day offers many possibilities: from crowded subways at rush hour, to relaxing or playing sports in the city’s parks; exploring ethnic neighborhoods, each with its own special business and cuisine; enjoying the vast array of street food vendors; discovering the museums throughout the city; and taking the opportunity to see the most updated and also classics international films and plays. No matter what your musical taste, São Paulo has a concert venue or a balada (nightclub) for you ( Monday through Monday!) and offers a wide array of dance classes, capoeira classes and martial arts classes. Paulistanos are also famous for their dedication to soccer and being loyal to one of the many local teams, and also to one of the many Carnaval Samba Schools. In São Paulo I am Corinthiana regarding soccer and Mocidade Alegre for carnaval parades. Once you arrive here you are expected to select your own soccer team ( and go to as many soccer games as possible) and your own Carnaval Samba School ( and go to its weekly events in preparation for Carnaval Your going also means that you are helping their community social services)!

The CIEE Liberal Arts program in São Paulo is for individuals who enjoy a big-city atmosphere and want to be challenged to explore and deepen their understanding of the city’s many striking contrasts, including its poverty and wealth, high rises and large city parks, and street markets and glitzy malls. Through living and studying here, you will enjoy a distinctive Latin American educational experience that also offers outstanding research opportunities through the specially designed CIEE classes and contact with Brazilians in your daily life. Bem vindos!

— Ana Luiza de Lima Coimbra, Resident Director

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Christiane Nagayassu

Resident Coordinator

Christiane Nagayassu is responsible for the student services and administration of the Business and Culture Program. Before joining CIEE in September 2012, Christiane worked for 12 years at one of CIEE's host institutions in Sao Paulo, FGV. Her experience at FGV in the Career and Internship Office focused on internship and trainee programs, employment initiatives, recruitment and job placement and other career services. Christiane graduated from ESPM in social communication (advertising and marketing) and has a post-graduate certificate in Marketing from FGV.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) is ranked among the top universities in Brazil and has 19,000 undergraduate students. PUC-SP maintains a strong research tradition, a unique characteristic among private institutions of higher learning in Brazil. The PUC-SP campus that CIEE students attend is in the residential Perdizes neighborhood, not far from São Paulo’s famous Avenida Paulista, with good access to public transportation. The University neighborhood has gyms, bookstores, and numerous restaurants and cafés filled with students and locals. The CIEE Study Center is conveniently located just two blocks from the PUC-SP campus.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and two meals per day are included in the study abroad program fee. Lunch or dinner, depending on class schedules, is not included in the fee and is the responsibility of the student. During orientation, students are housed together. For the remainder of the semester, students stay with in a Brazilian home, either individually or with another student who has a separate room. We consider the homestay a special opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture outside of academia.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in São Paulo even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day mandatory orientation session is conducted at the beginning of the program and will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Brazil. Safety, public transportation, gender and race issues, and family relations are discussed. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Many, but not all, host families offer wireless at home. PUC offers wireless access to CIEE students two weeks after their final registration at the University. Final registration usually takes place in the beginning of March, for spring students, and the third week of August, for fall semester. Please note that access to the Internet and computer labs at Brazilian universities is much more limited than at U.S. universities. CIEE will pay for each student to use a private Internet café for three hours per week. In addition, you may use any of the numerous Internet cafés throughout the city and near the PUC-SP campus.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in the Brazil

The study abroad program includes one weekend and one overnight field trip in Brazil. You'll also enjoy visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited the colonial city of Paraty; a community of Brazil’s social agrarian Landless Movement; Aparecida do Norte, the most famous center of devotion for the Brazilian Catholic population; and a Carnival Samba School. Students have also visited area museums, participated in community service projects in disadvantaged communities, and attended concerts, Brazilian movies, and soccer games.

Volunteer Opportunities

Through the Centro de Voluntariado de São Paulo, and PUC-SP’s Núcleo de Trabalhos Comunitários, (Center for Community Services), you may explore volunteer opportunities in São Paulo in the areas of education, health, or community building.

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Academics

Academics

This São Paulo study abroad program was established in 1973 and has been administered by CIEE since 1989. The program begins with a month long Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), during which students enroll in an intensive, 90-hour, 6-credit language and culture course prior to the regular semester. The ILCP prepares students for the regular semester by giving them the opportunity to focus intensively on Portuguese language acquisition, while learning about Brazilian contemporary society. The regular semester offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at a Brazilian university and CIEE Portuguese language courses. This program is ideal for those who want to better understand Brazilian society and culture through the eyes of cosmopolitan paulistanos, and significantly improve their Portuguese language skills. The program is also ideal for advanced Spanish speakers who would like to learn Portuguese using their romance language skills as a foundation for rapid language acquisition.

Academic Culture

While U.S. students are accustomed to a very structured academic system, Brazilian professors generally leave students on their own to determine the intensity of their work. This approach is geared toward the student who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. It is a more rigorous, autonomous academic system. Since there is no required GPA in Brazilian higher education institutions, the nature of instruction, evaluation, and grading is quite different. The local CIEE staff will help you understand these differences in academic cultures and make the most of your academic experience.

Upon arrival, some U.S. students could misperceive that the workload is light and that there are few assignments. However, students are often given bibliographies for courses with the expectation that they read as many of the listings as possible and select those titles that best meet their needs and interests. In some courses, the entire grade is based on a term paper or critical analysis of a particular article, with the expectation that the paper be based upon a fairly extensive reading from the bibliography. This relative freedom places a great deal of responsibility on the student.

The CIEE academic year program coincides roughly with the North American academic year, taking place from late June to late June of the following year, and the CIEE calendar year program coincides with the Brazilian academic year, taking place from early January to early December. Academic year students have a two-month break between fall and spring semesters, and are encouraged to travel independently throughout other parts of Brazil and Latin America. Calendar-year students have a break of four weeks between the Brazilian first and second semesters (the North American spring and fall semesters). Housing and meals are not included during these breaks and are the responsibility of the student.

Nature of Classes

CIEE Portuguese language and content courses are taught to CIEE study abroad students by Brazilian professors. In addition, participants enroll directly in host University courses and take classes with Brazilian students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Portuguese at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.

Grading System

Generally, students at PUC-SP are evaluated on two to three assignments, including the following: group projects, presentations, and a final paper and/or exam. Students must take exams at the regular exam time and turn in all work on time. CIEE courses are evaluated based on participation, class discussion on course readings, reflection papers, presentations, and a final paper. CIEE language courses are evaluated on daily homework, participation and class discussion, tests, a mid-term, and a final exam. Letter grades of A-F are given with pluses and minuses.

Grades for the first semester are normally received by early September, and by March for the second semester.

Internship

CIEE semester students are eligible to participate in optional, non-credit internships through the PUC-SP Central de Estagios (Center for Internships). The internships are coordinated and approved by PUC-SP and the Centro Integrado Escola Empresa (Center School-Business Integration). Internships are taken in conjunction with a specific PUC-SP course in which students are enrolled. Each internship must be authorized by the Brazilian/PUC-SP course professor and directly linked to the subject matter of that specific course. Students can choose the number of hours and schedule that fit their academic schedule at PUC-SP. Brazilian working laws do not allow international students to be paid for any type of internship.

Language of Instruction

Portuguese

Faculty

The Portuguese language courses are taught and supervised by highly trained Portuguese language and linguistic teachers who have earned masters and doctorate degrees from local universities. Other courses are taught by faculty from PUC-SP.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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CIEE Required ILCP Courses

Upon arrival, students are given a language placement exam to determine which language course they take during the ILCP. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is offered for students who are fluent (or near-fluent) in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction. Depending on student enrollment and the results of the language placement exam, not all sections are offered each session.

PORT 1501BSPO
Intensive Beginner Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, I
PORT 1502 BSPO
Intensive Beginner Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, II
PORT 2501 BSPO
Intensive Intermediate Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, I
PORT 2502 BSPO
Intensive Intermediate Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, II
PORT 3501 BSPO
Intensive Advanced Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, I
PORT 3502 BSPO
Intensive Advanced Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture, II
PORT 2503 BSPO
Portuguese for Spanish Speakers and Brazilian Culture (for near-native speakers)

This required pre-session course is designed to prepare students linguistically and culturally for all aspects of the semester abroad. It provides students with an intense introduction to, or continued study of, Portuguese language, as well as a culture workshop on contemporary issues in Brazil. The course includes language classes (divided at appropriate level with an emphasis on grammar applied through oral production); lectures, readings, and discussions on contemporary Brazilian life; community exploration activities; and an introduction to Brazilian academic culture. By the time they begin coursework at the University, students will have learned/refined their language skills and constructed a basic cultural literacy as background to their coursework. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Semester Courses

Based on examination, students are placed in an appropriate Portuguese language course.

PORT 1001 BSPO
Semester Beginner Portuguese, I
PORT 1002 BSPO
Semester Beginner Portuguese, II
PORT 2001 BSPO
Semester Intermediate Portuguese, I
PORT 2002 BSPO
Semester Intermediate Portuguese, II
PORT 3001 BSPO
Semester Advanced Portuguese, I
PORT 3002 BSPO
Semester Advanced Portuguese, II
PORT 3003 BSPO
Advanced Portuguese Syntax, Written Composition, and Literature

These courses emphasize grammar, writing, listening, comprehension, and speaking. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC) Courses

The following list is a representative sampling of the courses offered by PUC-SP departments accessible to CIEE students. Not all courses are available every semester. Under the supervision of the resident director, students may enroll in any PUC course, provided the prerequisites are satisfied. Although all participants must complete a pre-registration course form prior to arrival, final course registration occurs on site. The reality of the Brazilian higher education academic structure is very different than that of U.S. Brazilian students follow specialized paths in their four to five years of studies. They cannot choose or build their own individual path within their majors. Courses in each major are established by the institutions, and syllabi are often not provided in advance as students cannot choose the courses they take every semester. As a result of this structure course offerings and syllabi are finalized only at the end of the previous semester. Brazilian universities do not publish catalogues with course syllabi. Students can find short course descriptions on PUC’s website. Professors provide the official syllabi on the first day of classes.

Anthropology
Anthropology and Human Diversity
Anthropology of Brazil
Culture, Relativism, and Comparative Perspective
Culture and Globalization
Global and Local Contemporary Culture
Introduction to Unity and Diversity in Human Race
Systems of Representation
Brazilian Politics
Brazilian External Politics
Brazilian Foreign Policy
Brazilian History: Foundations of the Colonial System in Brazil in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Brazilian History: Society, Work, and Capital Development
Formation of the Brazilian State
History of Brazilian Diplomacy
International Relations of Brazil

Business Administration
Administration Theory
Global Marketing
Human Resource Administration
Organizational Methods
Social Marketing
Statistics

Economy
Brazilian Contemporary Economy
Brazilian Economic Formation
Economy of the Public Sector
Economic, Political, and Social History of Brazil
International Commerce
International Economics
Latin America: Economy and Politics in the Last Decade
Microeconomics
Political Economy

Geography
Agrarian Geography
Political Geography
Population and Geography
Regional Geography of Brazil
Territorial Formation of Brazil
Transportation and Logistic System Analysis
Urban Economy and Planning
Urban Geography

History
America, Americas: Social Movements, Diversity, and Identity
American History before the European Conquest
Brazil in the Second Half of the 20th Century
Brazilian Historiography
Contemporary Historiography
History of Colonial Brazil
History of Colonial Spanish America
History of Contemporary Brazil: Citizenship and Social Conflict
History of Geographic Thought
History of Latin American Nation Building
History of Marxism
History of 19th Century Brazil
History of Republican Brazil: 1889–1964

International Relations/Political Sciences
Cinema and the Freedom Speech
Comparative Political Science
Contemporary International Relations
Foreign Policy Analysis
Genocides and Contemporary Societies
History of Modern International Relations
Inter-American Political Systems
International Careers
International Humanitarian Law and Rights of Refugees
International Public Law
International Relations and Tourism
International Relations Theory
Introduction to International Relations
Political Thought and Institutions in the 20th Century
Politics and Sovereignty
Questioning the Domination
Radical Political Thought in the 20th Century
Social Policies in the International Scope

Journalism
Analysis of Audio Visual Systems
Comparative Communication
Comparative Journalism
Communication Systems in Brazil
Communication Theory
Communication and Verbal Expression
Journalism Theory
Legislation and Ethics in Journalism
Photography
Radio Journalism
Video Journalism

Performance Arts
Art of the Body
Choreography
Cultural Market
Dance Theater
Dance Theory
Drama for Dance
Drama for Theater
History of Body in Dance
History of Theater
Performance Theory
Readings of the Body
Theater Interpretation
Theory of Theater

Philosophy
Aesthetics
Ethics
History of Philosophy
Introduction to Theological Thought

Portuguese
Brazilian Literature: Brazilian Poetry
Brazilian Literature: Traces of Nationality
Linguistics II: Language, Communication, Society
Literary Theory: Short Stories and Novel
Portuguese Literature

Tourism
Contemporary Society: Leisure and Tourism
Ethno-tourism
International Relations and Tourism
Tourism and Contemporary Society
Tourism, Environment, and Society

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