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As a study abroad student at CET Brazil: Business in São Paulo at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), you get a world-class business education with an emphasis on social sustainability. Take direct-enroll classes alongside Brazilian undergraduates at AACSB-accredited FGV, a core course that applies a lens of careful ethics and social issues towards business practices, and even go on a Traveling Seminar to witness responsible business models in action.
You take one core course, a Portuguese language class, and direct-enroll electives to meet the total 15 to 18 recommended credits.
You take this 3-credit core course, taught in English exclusively for CET students:
You are placed into one of these 3-credit courses:
CET converts final grades from FGV to US letter grade equivalents.
Mindful business methods. Your core course, Socially Sustainable Business in Brazil, uses the country’s environmental and social diversity as a case study for exploring sustainability in three distinct realms: financial, environmental, and supply chain management. By the end of the term, you leave São Paulo with a sharpened business acumen attuned to responsible best practices.
Fundação Getúlio Vargas. The program is hosted by Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), an internationally renowned private university known for its excellence in business education. With triple international accreditation (including AACSB International, the same accreditation system that US business schools use), FGV plays a leading role in Brazil. Campus is right by Paulista Avenue, a major business center—making it easily accessible via public transport and filled with plenty to do.
Local Roommates. Sharing an apartment with a local student can teach you everything you need to know about Brazilian college life. Where to find the best pão de queijo (cheese bread) for on-the-go snacking. What mobile apps are used locally. Which trails to hike in Ibirapuera Park. It’s no wonder students often tell us that their roommate is “one of the best parts of the program.” Learn more about living with a local roommate.
Eating in São Paulo. For meals, take advantage of the city’s vibrant food scene and try all the local specialties. Brigadeiro (condensed milk-based chocolate truffle), anyone? Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the farmers’ market and have a night in with your roommates. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Brazil.
São Paulo is a diverse and vibrant city, filled with countless things to do. Go to a weekend festival. Explore the thriving food and drink scene in the Vila Madalena neighborhood. Learn to make feijoada (black bean and meat stew). Find your favorite café in Perdizes, the neighborhood you call home. Hang out with friends at a boteco (corner bar). Walk up and down a car-free Avenida Paulista on Sundays and listen to live music as you shop with local vendors. Attend a soccer match at the stadium. And if you’re studying abroad in the spring, get ready for Carnaval…
Around the city. Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore São Paulo and Brazilian culture. You might attend a soccer match with the group, spend an afternoon learning samba, or even unwind during a karaoke night. And there’s even more to see on your own or with friends.
A Weekend Away. Spend the weekend in Paraty, a colonial city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Go on guided visits of colonial sites and monuments. Hike through the rainforest to a waterfall and stop by a local distillery. Visit Ilha do Araújo and meet local fishermen depending on livelihoods that are both traditional and sustainable. Then join a local community leader and learn about traditional medicine before enjoying a homemade meal. Then enjoy plenty of free time to explore the area—relax on the beach, visit local craft shops, or try traditional local foods.
Senior Resident Director
Mariana Jansen Ferreira, PhD
Senior Academic Coordinator
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We take you to Salvador da Bahia for a Traveling Seminar. Just bring a camera and your intellectual curiosity.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
At the end of your term, you’ll receive academic documentation as proof of all you’ve accomplished abroad. Depending on your home institution, you will either get a CET grade report or a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota.
Local Cost of Living. The cost of living in São Paulo is generally lower than that of bigger US cities. Produce is cheap (particularly if purchased at farmers’ markets), and you can find lunch for as little as 6 to 7 USD. As with any major city, your spending can vary widely depending on your own habits and lifestyle.
Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.
Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program.
Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to: