The CIEE program in São Paulo is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students. The program is open to students that have taken at least 2 semesters of Portuguese or students that have taken a minimum of 4 semesters of Spanish without Portuguese. Students live with host families to increase the immersion experience.
The program offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC) , Portuguese language courses, and core CIEE courses about contemporary Brazilian society with a focus on urban studies using São Paulo as a case study. While in Brazil, students live with host families and can get involved with the local community through volunteer projects and through campus groups and activities. The program begins with a four-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), held in Salvador da Bahia for the fall semester and in São Paulo for the spring semester.
This program is designed for students with a interest in contemporary Brazil and in learning the Portuguese language. São Paulo is a multi-cultural city of more than 17 million people. It is the second largest urban area in the Americas and an important South American economic and cultural center. São Paulo is often compared to New York City because of its distinct ethnic neighborhoods and excellent cultural venues.
Students live with a carefully selected Brazilian homestay family.
The program includes one weekend and one overnight field trip in Brazil and visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in São Paulo. In the past, students have visited Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, or the colonial city of Paraty; the headquarters and community of the Landless Movement; Aparecida do Norte, the most famous center of devotion for the Brazilian Catholic population; and a samba school. Students have also participated in community service projects in disadvantaged
communities, attended concerts, Brazilian movies, museums, and soccer games (including a championship match). The program also included volunteer opportunities.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.