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Sao Paulo, Brazil Language

The Program

Study Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture at the prestigious “Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado” (FAAP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. University type program, short term of 5 weeks. All students take a placement test and are put in the proper level Portuguese course. Located in the residential “District of Higienopolis”, nearby neighborhoods include Pacaembu, Perdizes, and Bela Vista where you can find all kinds of local amenities. Housing options include host family, apartments, student hostel, and hotel. Overall, studying at FAAP is a wonderful opportunity to improve your Portuguese, experience the Brazilian Culture, as well as the vibrant city life that Sao Paulo has to offer. Transcript is issued by FAAP. Join us! Minimum age is 17 yrs. ACCESS TO INTERNET: Yes. Computers and e-mail access available.

Sao Paolo at SunsetThe Location

Sao Paulo is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 11 million people living there. When you add the “greater Sao Paulo” area, it is over 19 million. Descendants of many different ethnic groups live in Sao Paulo: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, African, German, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, Jews, and Koreans. Many descendants of other South American countries also live there, such as Bolivia and Argentina. Sao Paulo is the commercial and industrial center of Brazil. Many people consider it the most important city in South America.


Portuguese Language: Levels – Beginner – Intermediate. All students take a placement test and are placed in the proper level. Class time is 45 minutes each. Attendance required. Transcript issued by Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP).

* Portuguese Language 101 (elementary) – 4 credit hours.
Total course hours = 100 (5 week course) Classes from Monday – Friday, from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
Textbook: Bem-Vindo! A Lingua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicacao, 7th edition, SBS publisher.

Elementary Course. Students will learn to introduce themselves, greet people, talk about themselves, talk about their routine, converse with others on daily events, time, report simple facts, make comparisons, go shopping, using units of measurement, communicate in public places like a restaurant, hotel, or airport. They will also learn to write simple text and understand basic predominance of colloquial language.

* Portuguese Language 201 (intermediate) – 4 credit hours.
Total course hours = 100 (5 week course) Classes from Monday – Friday, from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
Textbook: Bem Vindo! A Lingua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicacao, 7th edition, SBS publisher.

Intermediate Course. Students are expected to make assumptions, raise hypotheses, understand and give directions, make reports using the passive voice, talk about the various forms of sports and leisure, talk about health problems and medical specialties. Also, to interpret and comment on literary works, chronicles and journalistic texts with more confidence, as well as understand a great deal of programs on TV, movies, with a predominance of colloquial language.

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