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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.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Liz Shabani
Program Description:

BSBA Brazil Semester Abroad
CIEE Business & Culture: FGV or ESPM

  The Business and Culture study abroad program in São Paulo, Brazil through CIEE 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 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 a variety of business-related disciplines. All students enroll in one Portuguese language course at an appropriate level. 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. With homestays, cultural activities, and company visits to some of the country’s largest institutions, studying abroad in Brazil allows students to build foreign language fluency, cross-cultural understanding, and negotiation skills, all of which are increasingly important in the world or globalized business.  
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. Sophomores may be considered for this program. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. Non-Olin students decided on a case by case basis. 

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Early August - Early December
Spring Late-January - Mid June*
*Early exams ending before June 1 may be possible through take-home exams at FGV and negotiations with professors at ESPM; however, these arrangements are not guaranteed and students will need to consult with the host universities for further information. 
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, negotiation, and more. 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. A series of company visits is organized to complement academic study, offering you unparalleled insight into business in São 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.
All study abroad students take a CIEE Portuguese language course for the duration of the semester, and for students who place into Advanced Portuguese language or those fluent in Spanish, CIEE strongly encourages direct enrollment in regular FGV and ESPM semester courses offered to Brazilian students and taught in Portuguese.

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.

Track A: FGV
Students planning to study primarily in English who need to know and choose their courses prior to the start of the program should select FGV. Space in Portuguese-taught classes are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival, and is also dependent on passing an FGV language test administered on site. 

FGV is home to 3,800 students today and 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. It is the first undergraduate school in Brazil to offer an entirely English-taught program and is recognized as the #1 think tank in Latin American and #13 in the world. Further, with more than 105 international partner schools, FGV is the most internationalized school in Brazil and 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).

FGV has particular strength in finance, business strategy, and marketing, and also offers a concentration in sustainability. The area of finance is highly recognized due to its impactful academic research and FGV’s applied learning center. Business strategy is also highly regarded because of the applied course work and plentiful opportunities students receive in the consulting sectors.
Each International Program in Management (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.

Track B: ESPM
Students studying primarily in Portuguese should choose ESPM. Flexibility in choosing English-taught courses is also required as the specific courses at ESPM are only announced just prior to the start of the semester.

ESPM was founded in 1951 as a small private institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees at 4 campuses in Brazil, with a student population today of 10,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. 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). Its São Paulo campus is modern, small, centrally located, and easily accessible via public transportation. 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.

ESPM has particular strength in international business and marketing and also offers a range of coursework in entrepreneurship and the business of sports. Outside of business coursework, ESPM also holds courses in consumerism and social sciences, design, journalism, cinema and audio visual, publicity and advertisement, international relations, and technology. ESPM courses include substantial international course content, and the university is very active in research, publishing, international partnerships, and extension education.
  São Paulo, Brazil
Multicultural São Paulo is the second largest urban area in the Americas and an important South American economic and cultural center which 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.
  Housing: 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.

Student Life: The study abroad program includes one weekend field trip, 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.

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.

On-Site Support: CIEE has staff in the US and on the ground in Brazil and are here to support students throughout the process. 

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses. 

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure and post-departure coursework (INTL 300A and INTL300B or alternative sessions for Fall abroad students). Once students have arrived in São Paolo, they will take part in a three-day mandatory orientation session to introduce them to the country, culture, academic program, and practical information about living in Brazil. 
Visas & Immigration: 
In the past, Brazil has required U.S. citizens to apply for a visa prior to entering this program. However, a valid passport is required and immigration law is always changing; students must research the most current immigration requirements. Once students are accepted to the program, CIEE will assist with the process of securing a visa. Students should see the Brazilian consulates’ websites for a list of needed documents to apply, as they differ from consulate to consulate. 

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change. 

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