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BSBA Brazil Semester Abroad
São Paulo, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Fall 2017 02/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 05/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Liz Shabani
Program Description:

CIEE Study Abroad Program in Sao Paolo


Begin or continue your study of Portuguese, while taking business-related courses at in one of the most economically significant countries on earth.

In Sao Paulo, take advantage of a specialized language learning program and direct enrolment options at two of the most prestigious business schools in Latin America. And with homestays, cultural activities and company visits to some of the country’s largest institutions and companies, studying abroad in Brazil allows you to build foreign language fluency, cross-cultural understanding and negotiation skills, which are increasingly important in the world or globalized business.

Study abroad in Sao Paulo and you will:

  • Experience the unique academic atmosphere of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM)  two of the most prestigious and important business schools in Latin America
  • Take business courses taught in English or Portuguese alongside Brazilian and other international students. For a list of courses that students have previously taken, please visit the page of the program on the Campus Groups website.
  • Live in São Paulo, the most important cultural and economic center in Brazil shaped by globalization, diverse social and economic heritages, and influential cultural and social movements
  • Enjoy museums, concerts, a samba school, a soccer match, and two weekend trips


If you would like to learn more about this particular program or about any of the other study abroad opportunities, you can reach out to one of our Ambassadors, who have participated in one of the Olin programs in the past. To see the full list of Ambassadors, please click here.


Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1


All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure and post-departure coursework. INTL 300A Planning for International Learning is a 1 credit mini-B course designed to prepare students for their experience overseas the semester before they actually travel. INTL 300B Applying International Experiences is a 0.5 required mini-A post-departure class that will discuss what students learned while abroad and help students articulate those lessons for employers, graduate schools, etc. Both of these classes will meet approximately 3 times during the semester before and after the study abroad experience.


3.0 GPA. Open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School.



The CIEE Difference


Enroll directly in courses that combine theoretical learning and practical knowledge at Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM). At both schools, you’ll be able to debate and discuss innovative management issues, analyze case studies, and participate in role-playing exercises to better understand business principles in management, marketing, negation, and more.

Company Visits

A series of company visits is organized to complement academic study, offering you unparalleled insight into business in Sao Paulo and Brazil. 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.


The study abroad program includes one weekend field trip and an overnight trip in Brazil and cultural visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited the colonial city of Paraty; a community of Brazil’s social agrarian Landless Movement; Aparecida do Norte, the most famous center of devotion for the Brazilian Catholic population; and a Carnival Samba School. Students have also participated in community service projects in disadvantaged communities, attended concerts, Brazilian movies, museums, and soccer games.


Students must earn a minimum of 14 WUSTL equivalent credits. Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–20/24–30 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the year is 32–40/48–60 quarter hours.IPM courses at FGV have 30 contact hours per module and recommended credit is 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

FGV-EAESP Direct enrollment courses have 15–30 contact hours and recommended credit is 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours.

CIEE course hours are 72 and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take a CIEE Portuguese language course for the duration of the semester. At FGV, during each module, students are required to take a minimum of three courses. Students take a minimum of seven courses total during the semester. Students may take one or two additional IPM courses at FGV.

Students who place into Advanced Portuguese language, or those who are fluent in Spanish, may enroll in regular direct enrollment courses taught in Portuguese, with the approval of the Resident Director and the host institution’s international office.

About São Paulo

Multicultural São Paulo is the second largest urban area in the Americas and an important South American economic and cultural center and includes 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.

Where You’ll Study

CIEE business students in São Paulo study at one of two local host institutions. In their CIEE application, students must select which institution they will be attending. This selection must be done months prior to arrival, based on intended language of study and in consultation with CIEE a study abroad advisor. Brazilian visa rules do not allow students to take classes at multiple institutions.

  • English-taught courses offered at ESPM are announced just prior to the start of the semester. Students planning to study primarily in English who need to know/select their courses prior to the start of the program should select FGV
  • Students studying primarily in Portuguese should choose ESPM. Space in Portuguese-taught classes at FGV is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival, and is also dependent on passing an FGV language test administered on site

The Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) 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-EAESP is the first Latin American school to earn the “Triple Crown," earning accreditation by each of the three main accrediting agencies in the world: AACSB International, EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (The Association of MBAs).

The Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) was founded in 1951 as a small private institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees at 4 campuses in Brazil. ESPM is recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and accredited internationally by the Executive MBA Council, and in Brazil by the National MBA Association (ANAMBA). The school offers undergraduate degree programs in business administration, social communication (marketing, advertising and public relations), design, journalism, and international relations. Its São Paulo campus is modern, small, centrally located, and easily accessible via public transportation. ESPM courses in English are designed for Brazilian students who are required to graduate with a highly internationalized business student profile. As such, ESPM courses include substantial international course content. ESPM is active in research, publishing, international partnerships, and extension education. Numerous social responsibility initiatives are pursued through ESPM Social, a nonprofit institution founded in 2001 by students and professors of ESPM which encourage the application of knowledge acquired in class to support the social development of the country through student projects supporting nonprofit organizations, social development projects, and small business development.

Housing & 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 not included in the fee and 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 home stays. 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.

Academic Program

The Business and Culture study abroad 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, and while taking business-related courses at one of two top institutions in one of the most economically important countries in the world. Students in the program choose to enroll in one of CIEE’s two local host institutions: Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM). At each school, students take courses alongside Brazilian and other international students, in English, in a variety of business-related disciplines. Students with advanced Portuguese language skills may directly enroll in regular courses taught in Portuguese at both FGV and ESPM  on a case-by-case basis and with prior approval. The FGV and ESPM   international office staff, in cooperation with CIEE resident staff, work with students on course selection and registration prior to arrival and during orientation. In addition to business coursework, all students enroll in one Portuguese language course at an appropriate level.

Company Visits

A series of company visits is organized to complement academic study, offering study abroad students firsthand exposure to business in Sao 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.

Academic Culture

The academic culture at FGV and ESPM  focuses both on theoretical learning and practical knowledge. In the classroom, students are able to debate and discuss innovative management issues, analyze case studies, and participate in role-playing exercises to better understand business principles. Each IPM course at FGV meets for an eight-week module and is taught in English. The normal course load is three to four courses per module plus the CIEE language course. Students receive an IPM Diploma when they choose to take four courses in each module. Students should expect challenging coursework and a rigorous program of study. Under the supervision of the Resident Director, and the International Office at FGV, students may enroll in any IPM course. For students with sufficient Portuguese skills, CIEE strongly encourages direct enrollment in regular FGV and ESPM  semester courses offered to Brazilian students and taught in Portuguese.

FGV and ESPM follow a Southern Hemisphere academic calendar: the first semester of the academic year begins in late February and finishes in mid-June; the second semester begins in early August and ends in early December.

Academic year students have an eight-week break between the fall and spring semesters. Calendar year students have a break of approximately six weeks between the spring and fall semesters.

Nature of Classes

Portuguese language courses are taught to CIEE study abroad students by Brazilian professors with Master’s and Doctoral degrees who specialize in teaching Portuguese to Brazilians and foreigners. In addition, participants enroll directly in FGV-EAESP and ESPM courses, taught in English, with CIEE, Brazilian, and/or other international students. Direct enrollment courses at both institutions, taught in Portuguese, are taken alongside international and Brazilian students. Access to direct enrollment courses taught in Portuguese, and both FGV and ESPM, is on a space-available basis, and only for students who have completed any required prerequisites and demonstrated sufficient Portuguese skills, as determined by each institution.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Portuguese, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society develops.

Grading System

Generally, students at FGV-EAESP and ESPM are evaluated on weekly homework, participation, group projects, student presentations, quizzes, midterm and final exams, or final papers. Students must take exams at the regular exam time and turn in all work on time. Grades at both institutions are given numerically from zero to 10 and then translated into letter grades of A-F with pluses and minuses. Grades for the spring semester are normally received by early September and by March for the fall semester.

Language of Instruction



The Portuguese language courses are taught and supervised by highly trained Portuguese language and linguistic teachers who have earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees from local universities. All other courses are taught by highly qualified faculty from FGV-EAESP and ESPM.


Overseas Programs will enroll all WU-approved study abroad students in a basic accident and sickness plan through HTH Worldwide, a leading provider of international health insurance. This plan should be seen as supplemental to the student’s existing domestic health coverage, not as a replacement.  We do not recommend a reduction or suspension of existing domestic coverage in light of enrollment in HTH insurance. For more information, click here.


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