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CIEE: Sao Paulo Liberal Arts
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.
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) in which students enroll in an intensive, 90 hour, six-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.
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.
Through the Centro de Voluntariado de São Paulo, and PUC-SP’s Núcleo de Trabalhos Comunitários, (Center for Community Services), you may explore not-for-credit volunteer opportunities in São Paulo in the areas of education, health, or community building.
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 21-24 credits while abroad (including pre-semester language course). 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
During orientation you will be placed in a hotel with the other CIEE students. For the remainder of your time, you will be placed in a homestay with a Brazilian family. One meal per day, usually lunch or dinner depending on class schedules, is your responsibility. The homestay is essential to the students’ learning process and integration into life in Salvador. The opportunity to live with a family offers students a unique source of cultural learning and personal growth.
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE:Sao Paulo Liberal Arts 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 CIC-Partner Scholaships- Available to Rutgers students participating on this CIEE study abroad program. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance. Scholarships will be in the amount of $1000 and are primarily need-based.
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.