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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: ISEP Exchange Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Language Prerequisites: Depends on Program Track Housing Options: Homestay, On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Minimum Class Elligibility: Junior
Host Country Language Courses Offered: Yes Non-MSU student: No
Program Inactive: No Subjects Available: Architecture, Arts/Visual Arts, Business, Computer Science, Culture Courses, Economics, Education, Engineering, Film, Philosophy, Political Science
Pre-Session Language: Yes Competitive Program: Check ISEP's Chance of Placement
Program Description:
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Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado


Fast Facts

São Paulo, Brazil (pop. 11 million)
Student Enrollment: 13,000
Language of instruction: Portuguese
FAAP International Program Information


FAAP is located in one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo, called Higienópolis. Founded in 1554 by Jesuits priests, São Paulo is the main city of Brazil.

The fourth largest city in the world and the largest of South America, São Paulo was born destined to be the economical and cultural heart of the country.

São Paulo is also the largest port for all foreign visitors with a total of 1,345,000 arrivals by air per year. The business tourism and events, place São Paulo as a very important door for "Mercosur" and a straight line to all main cities in the world.

Entertainment and Art have the face of São Paulo; there is a feeling of culture everywhere. The city has 223 cinemas, 92 theatres, 11 cultural centers, 70 museums, and a dozen of historical buildings. The five amusements parks and the great number of leisure places are the icons of the city. São Paulo has 7 large soccer stadiums and the automobile racecourse of Interlagos, seat of the World Championship of Formula I, the only one in the entire Latin America.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic year and semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester and summer

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.


Program Dates

Academic Year: February to end of December; Semester 1: February to end of June; Semester 2: August to end of December. Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February or March. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses. For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February-March).


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: Academic Year or Semester - Regular Courses
  • School of Arts (Architecture, Fashion, Fine Arts, Industrial Design)
  • School of Business (Business Management)
  • School of Communications (Advertising, Cinema, Public Relations, Radio and TV)
  • School of Computer Science (Information Technology)
  • School of Law (Law)
  • School of Economics (Economics, International Relations)
  • School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)
Option 2: ISEP-Direct: Extensive Portuguese Course: Academic Year or Semester
The Extensive Portuguese Course at FAAP offers language learning and practice in the contexts of culture, history, geography, literature, and current events. Students enroll in either Portuguese I or II (subject to minimum enrollment requirements; 260 credit hours each per semester), which consist of Portuguese language instruction as well as subject-specific instruction in Portuguese. Students are evaluated by class participation, completion of assignments, written evaluation, and oral presentation. Click here for specific information about the Extensive Portuguese Course.
Students may concurrently enroll in one course within the Study in English program for an additional charge. (Click here for more information about Study in English courses.)

Courses taught in English

FAAP offers a limited selection of courses in English in the regular course selection. Contact the ISEP Coordinator at FAAP for more information. There is also a limited selection of special courses offered to international students each semester for an additional cost. These courses are not included in ISEP Benefits. Click here for more information about the special courses in English for international students.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Courses listed above with an asterisk (*) are also offered at the graduate level.

Graduate Programs - Executive MBA; Professional MBA Specialization Programs - Financial and Business Management, Business Management, Business Management for Engineers and Architectures, Marketing Management, Banks Business Administration, Human Resources Management, International Trade, Written and Oral Communication, Engineering in the Medical Practice, Urban Engineering, IT Strategies, City Manager, Sports Management, Basic Sanitation Manager, Business Logistic, Marketing of Services Management, Strategic Management of Manufacturing, Arts History, Real State Business, Entrepreneurial Planning and Controlling, Planning and Management of Events, Communication Process for Engineers and Architects, International Relations, Telecommunications Technology, Technology in the Surfaces' Treatment, Technology and Environmental Management, Marketing Management of the Retail Market, Engineering and Work Safety, Corporative Governance and Relationship with Investors, Structures in Prestressed Concrete, Product Design, Theory and Mechanisms of the Financial Market, Packaging Technology, Cinema Review, TV Sport Programs Production, Technology and Business Management based on Free Software, Master in Digital Arts, Fashion Management, International Business Law and International Trade Law.

Housing and Meals

Residence hall room will be available for ISEP exchange students. Limited opportunities with host families may exist. Students will receive tickets equivalent to 19 meals per week, to purchase at restaurants and supermarkets. FAAP also has a cafeteria on campus.


FAAP was a small foundation destined to help and develop Fine Arts in 1947. Today it is considered one of the most important and respected academic institutions in Brazil and houses the following schools: Arts, Business, Communications, Law, Economics, Engineering and Computer Science; besides FAAP - Graduate School, the Executive MBA (considered one of the best courses in Brazil) and a High School.

With over 13,000 students and 750 current professors, FAAP is also present in the cultural area through the MAB - Museum of Brazilian Art and the FAAP theatre.

But it is in the formation of students that Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado stands out in the academic scenario. It is considered an institution that prepares future leaders of the country in business, public, cultural and artistic spheres. Its main mission is to foment both teaching and arts, permitting the student an all round formation as human beings. In the classrooms, professional specialization meets the requirements of modern production, based on new technologies, concepts of productivity and total quality. Besides preparing the youth to full exercise the citizenship, FAAP is committed to a national project for development and social well being.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in Brazil offers the best of many worlds. São Paulo, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, is a political, economic, and cultural hub. This bustling metropolis is ideal for international relations or business majors looking to understand the Latin American perspective on world issues. The multitude of museums and theaters are also fantastic for students studying the arts. FAAP offers small classes and individualized programs. ISEP students are welcome to attend and combine courses in all fields of study provided they have the appropriate level of Portuguese and preparation for the classes they choose.