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CIEE: Sao Paulo Business and Culture
Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo is Brazil’s largest city, with a population of over 20 million. Established by the Jesuits when Brazil was still a Portuguese colony, the city developed rapidly in the late 19th century when a wave of immigrants arrived. Today, São Paulo is the country’s most diverse city, including the largest Japanese population outside Japan, Italians, Lebanese and Israelis. The city is considered the financial capital of Brazil as it is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange and other major financial institutions. Annual city events include Gay Pride, festivals of fashion and film, and Carnival. When classes are over and the weekend arrives, the golden beaches of the Atlantic shore are only half an hour’s train-ride away or a weekend excursion to Rio de Janeiro is within a six hour bus ride.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
Prior to beginning your business classes at FGV, you will attend a two-week intensive Portuguese language course and cultural workshop. Your language class will be determined by a placement exam. For advanced speakers, classes will focus on using Portuguese in a business context. The cultural workshop will consist of participation, observation, and analysis of a variety of Brazilian cultural activities.
Students in the program enroll in the local host institution: Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-EAESP). At this school, students take courses, in English, in a variety of business-related disciplines alongside Brazilian and other international students. Students with advanced Portuguese language skills may directly enroll in regular courses taught in Portuguese at FGV-EAESP on a case-by-case basis and with prior approval. In addition to business coursework, all students enroll in one Portuguese language course at an appropriate level.
A series of company visits is organized to complement academic study, offering study abroad students firsthand exposure to business in São Paulo and Brazil. Students visit such places as Natura (a large Brazilian cosmetics company focused on environmental production and sustainable business practices), General Motors, Bloomberg, TV Cultura (the São Paulo State Government network) and Bovespa (the São Paulo stock market), among others.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 16-18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however, this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late July – Early December
Spring Semester: Early February – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Housing and two meals per day are included in the study abroad program fee. One meal per day, usually lunch or dinner depending on class schedules, is the responsibility of the student. During orientation, students are housed together in a hotel. For 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 ( mid-December-early February) and the one-month break (July) is not included in the fee and is the responsibility of the student.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Sao Paulo Business Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Sao Paulo Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.