CIEE Winter Intensive Language + Culture in São Paulo, Brazil
Looking to develop a higher level of Portuguese language fluency, and a critical appreciation of Brazilian life and society in arguably Brazil’s most important urban center? São Paulo awaits!
Coupling a rigorous language program with exciting cultural immersion activities, studying abroad in São Paulo is an amazing opportunity for students looking for a short-term study abroad option.
Study abroad in Brazil and you will:
The CIEE Difference
- Learn Portuguese while gaining a deeper understanding of the cultural distinctions of Brazil’s southeastern region and Brazil’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.
- Live in São Paulo the most diverse social, economic and cultural city in Brazil.
- Immerse yourself in Brazilian life through a homestay with a local Paulista family
- Explore your new home through cultural and educational activities including visits to museums, performances, a soccer game, and more.
In São Paulo, the student-centered methodology is tailored to fit your skills and needs. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced speaker, a range of courses emphasize grammar applied through oral production, reading, writing, and listening comprehension activities. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish speakers is also offered for students who are fluent (or near-fluent) in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction.
There are few ways better to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture than by living with a local family. After spending orientation in a São Paulo hotel, you’ll enjoy being housed with a homestay for the remainder of the study abroad program.
The program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited a traditional Carnaval Samba School, and have also participated in community service projects in disadvantaged communities, attended concerts, Brazilian movies, museums, and soccer games.
Where You’ll Study
Study abroad students take CIEE-run language courses at classrooms in the CIEE headquarters and a language institute in the residential Perdizes neighborhood, not far from São Paulo’s famous Avenida Paulista with good access to public transportation. This university neighborhood has gyms, bookstores, and numerous restaurants and cafés filled with students and locals. The CIEE Study Center where most classes are held is conveniently located just two blocks from the PUC campus.
Housing & Meals
Housing and two meals per day are included in the study abroad program fee. 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 comfortable hotel in São Paulo. For the remainder of the semester, students are placed in Brazilian homestays. CIEE considers the homestay a special opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture outside of classes and other group activities.
Students begin their study abroad experience in São Paulo before leaving home—by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.
A three-day mandatory orientation session is conducted at the beginning of the program and introduces students to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Brazil. Safety, public transportation, gender and race issues, and family relations are discussed. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the study abroad program.
Access to the Internet and computer labs in Brazilian universities is much more limited than in U.S. universities. CIEE pays for each student to use a private Internet café for three hours per week. Students may also use the many Internet cafés throughout the city and near the CIEE office and are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Many, but not all, host families offer wireless at home.
The four week Intensive Language and Culture summer study abroad program is designed to help students develop their Portuguese language fluency and learn about Brazilian culture. Students are placed in Portuguese courses suited to their ability, and include a special beginner-level accelerated Portuguese for Spanish speakers course.
Class size is small and includes both lectures and excursions. Classes are held at the CIEE study center close to the PUC-Sao Paulo campus, providing students the opportunity to get a taste of the local Brazilian university environment. All instruction is by native Brazilians, and efforts are made to integrate program participants with Brazilian culture and people.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Portuguese, Resident Staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.
In the Portuguese language courses, student work is assessed through reading, writing, and oral comprehension exams and quizzes, much as in the United States. Letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F are given with pluses and minuses.
Language of Instruction
The Portuguese language courses are taught and supervised by highly trained Portuguese language and linguistic teachers who have earned masters and doctorate degrees from local universities.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.