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São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo is the second largest urban area in the Americas and is an important South American economic and cultural center. The city features a modern subway system, shopping malls, beautiful parks, nightlife, and open-air fruit and flower markets. 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 teams.
CIEE Study Center, affiliated with the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)
The Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) was founded in 1954 through a joint effort of the Brazilian government and community with cooperation from Michigan State University. Designed to meet the needs for business education in Brazil, FGV holds worldwide recognition as a highly reputable private college focused on business administration and economics. With more than 70 international partner schools, FGV is one of the only institutions to earn the "triple crown" of international accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.
A 3.0 GPA or above is mandatory for this program, with no exceptions.
The Business and Culture program offers students with varying levels of Portuguese language skills and interests in business and the Latin American region the opportunity to begin or continue their study of Portuguese. At the same time, they take business-related courses in one of the most economically important countries in the world. All students enroll in one Portuguese language course at an appropriate level. In addition, students enroll in coursework that is part of an International Program in Management (IPM) offered at FGV, an English language program geared to Brazilian and international students that have either completed their undergraduate degrees or are advanced undergraduate students.
Each IPM course at FGV meets for an eight-week module and is taught in English. Students remain enrolled in the program for two eight-week modules. Most courses are two-credits each, and as such the normal course load is three to four courses per module plus the CIEE language course. Students should expect challenging coursework and a rigorous program of study. Under the supervision of the Resident Director, students may enroll in any IPM course.
Students with advanced Portuguese language may directly enroll in courses taught in Portuguese at FGV on a case-by-case basis. FGV international office staff and CIEE Resident Staff work with students on their course registration prior to arrival.
Because of the two-credit course model on this program, it is strongly recommended that you work closely with Academic Advising and the Study Abroad office when creating your academic long-range plan.
Accommodations and Meals
The housing fee includes two meals per day. Usually one lunch or dinner each day, depending on class schedules, is the responsibility of the student. During orientation, students are housed together in a hotel. During the remainder of the semester, students are placed in carefully screened Brazilian homestays. For academic and calendar year students, housing during the respective two-month break (mid-December - early February) and the one-month break (July) is not included in the fee and is the responsibility of the student.
Special Program Features
A three-day mandatory orientation session is conducted at the beginning of the program and introduces students to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Brazil. Safety, public transportation, gender and race issues, and family relations are discussed. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
The program includes one weekend field trip, an overnight trip in Brazil, as well as cultural visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited Rio de Janeiro and the colonial city of Paraty, a community of Brazil's famous Landless Movement, Aparecida do Norte, the most famous center of devotion for the Brazilian Catholic population, and a samba school. Students have also participated in community service projects in disadvantaged communities, and attended concerts, Brazilian movies, museums, and soccer games.