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Brazil is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and Latin America; it occupies almost one-half of South America. It has a population of nearly 200 million inhabitants and Portuguese is the national language. This program takes place in São Paulo, Brazil's largest city with nearly 12 million residents. A metropolis known widely for its prestigious festivals, towering skyscrapers, economic output, and immense global influence, São Paulo is the perfect place to study abroad for students who want to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture, language, and history.
SUNY-Oswego offers a semester or academic year study abroad program at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, (PUC-SP). Situated in Perdize, a residential district in the west side of São Paulo, PUC-SP was founded in 1946 and has become one of Brazil's largest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning. Despite its connection to the Catholic Church, PUC-SP is a secular university that accepts students from all faiths. Please click the Student Guide for more information.
Students on this program take classes alongside Brazilian students in Portuguese. A limited number of courses are offered in English. Students may choose any course offered at the university. PUC-SP's Office of Institutional and International Relations (ARII) will handle administrative matters. Please see PUC-SP-Fact Sheet 2017.
This program is open to students from beginner to advanced levels of Portuguese. Students with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese may choose to take any course offered by the university.
Students will take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in Brazilian language, culture, and history. Courses will be taught in Portuguese and English. Participants will take:
- Intensive Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture (6 credits)
- Director's Course (3 credits)
- Elective in English (3 credits)
Electives in English
|Brazilian Current Social Issue
||Politics and Society
|Economics and Development
||International Finance Management
||Integration Theory and Practice
Note: These courses may change from one semester to the next.
Faculties and Areas of Study (In Portuguese)
|Faculty of Human Sciences and Health
||Faculty of Social Sciences
|Faculty of Law
||Faculty of Education
|Faculty of Economics, Administration, Accounting, and Actuarial Sciences
||Faculty of Philosophy, Communication, Letters and Arts
For information on courses and how to find them on the PUC-SP site, please click here.
The Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture Course (BP-L&C) offers an immersion in Brazilian culture and language. Students will be able to gain speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in Brazilian Portuguese. The course is three weeks long and it takes place prior to the start of your semester of study at PUC-SP. All students participating in this program will take the preliminary Intensive (BP-L&C) course prior to the start of the semester. Students also have the option to take the Extensive course which meets twice per week for the entire semester.
The Program Director and Coordinators
The PUC-SP program is supported by SUNY Oswego's Resident Director who assists and serves the students in the following: housing placements, orientation programming, cultural/social gatherings, excursions, transportation, and teaches the Directors course on Brazilian Culture and Society. A staff member at the PUC-SP Office of International Relations is assigned to the program primarily for matters related to academics, as well as to other matters that may arise during the semester. Both individuals also serve as the students' emergency contacts and support system.
Housing and Meals
Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing with assistance from the SUNY Oswego resident director in Brazil. A list of housing options will be provided. Students typically live in boarding houses, apartments, and rooms in private residences close to the university. Students will eat their meals with other students in the boarding houses and private homes, or cook for themselves in their apartments. Meals are also available from the canteen on the PUC-SP campus. There are many restaurants in Perdizes, the area of São Paulo where the university is located. All housing and meal costs are paid by the students directly in Brazil.
Got more questions? Have a look at our program-specific questions and answers.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All participants in this program are required to apply for and obtain a long stay student visa at the Brazilian Consulate in New York City. A visa is a stamp that will be placed in your passport allowing you to study abroad in Brazil for a period that is longer than 90 days. Instructions on obtaining the Brazilian student visa will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Note: Non-US passport holders may require a different procedure. A student will not be able to apply for the student visa until he or she receives the official letter of acceptance from PUC-SP. For further details on the student visa process, you may begin reading the information found at the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, visa type (VITEM IV).
Students make their own travel arrangements to São Paulo's International Airport Guarulhos (GRU). Students who arrive on the designated date of arrival will be met at the airport by the SUNY Oswego Resident Director.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist, Lizette Alvarado, for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.