Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) Summer Program

Brazilian Language, History, and Culture


Study Portuguese in vibrant São Paulo while learning Brazilian song and dance, cooking. This five-week Brazilian Language, History, and Culture program includes several cultural activities, two literature classes, and a tour of Downtown São Paulo where students experience authentic cuisine in the traditional Mercado Municipal. Students can live in a homestay, student house, or hostel

São Paulo, Brazil

Language of Instruction: Portuguese


ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students


The Brazilian Language, History, and Culture program is a 5-week summer program totaling 100 contact hours (usually 6 US credits, depending on the home university's transfer policy). Classes meet Monday through Friday from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. Courses include Portuguese language; History, and Brazilian Culture; and Introduction to Brazilian and Portuguese Literature.

FAAP offers two course options depending on the student's language knowledge:

Intensive Portuguese Courses for English Speakers
Students whose native or second language is English (and have no knowledge of Spanish) will be enrolled in this introductory language course. Students will either be placed into Intensive Portuguese Course I or Intensive Portuguese Course II.

Intensive Portuguese Courses for Spanish Speakers
This course is designed for students (a) who are fluent in Spanish, either native or as a second language (intermediate or above), or (b) who have taken four semesters of university-level Portuguese language courses and are in the A2 level (according to the European Framework of Reference). This course draws students' attention to forms that differ from Spanish: taking advantage of the similarities, stressing the differences, and focusing on those features of Portuguese which are most difficult for Spanish speakers. Students will either be placed into Intensive Portuguese Course I or Intensive Portuguese Course II.

OPTIONAL: Students can also choose to take an additional course in English during the summer program for an extra fee. For more information, students can contact the host coordinator after they have been accepted to the summer program.


Students applying to any course will be required to schedule an online interview with the language coordinator at FAAP to determine their language level. Once in Brazil, students will take a placement test.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


See the Membership Directory for details.


July 3 – August 6, 2016


April 15, 2016




Students may stay 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.


Established in 1947, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) is currently considered one of the most important and respected academic institutions in Brazil. It has over 13,000 students and 750 professors on staff. FAAP is also well known in the cultural arena through the MAB (Museum of Brazilian Art) and the FAAP theater.


The FAAP campus is located in Higienópolis, one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo. São Paulo itself is the fourth largest city in the world, the largest in South America, and the economic and cultural heart of Brazil. It also has a strong focus on arts and entertainment, with 223 cinemas, 92 theatres, 11 cultural centers, 70 museums, dozens of historic buildings, 7 large soccer stadiums, and the automobile racecourse of Interlagos—seat of the Formula I World Championship.


Please consider the following requirements when filling out the online application :

Participant Profile: REQUIRED
Host Request List:
     º Placement: SELECT "Summer"
     º Site: SELECT "ISEP Direct"
     º Country: SELECT "Brazil"
     º Institution: SELECT "Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado"
     º Program Type: SELECT "Regular University Courses"
Course Request List: For Course Name, enter "Intensive Portuguese Course I” or “Intensive Portuguese Course II" and click the disc icon.
Language Proficiency: REQUIRED
     º Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of instruction is different than your native language? SELECT "Yes."
     º Please select ONE option that best describes your proof of language proficiency: SELECT either Option 2 or 3 and fill out all the remaining fields.
Personal Statement: REQUIRED
Academic References: ONE REQUIRED
Transcript: REQUIRED

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