As a student of Gap at CET Brazil in São Paulo, you build a foundation for understanding global poverty and inequality—both in and out of the classroom. Study social movements within Brazil, take Portuguese classes to better engage with the community, live with Brazilian roommates that give you an access point into local life, and even travel to Salvador da Bahia to take on learning by experiencing.
Coursework & Syllabi
Fall or Spring Semester
You take a core course, a language class, and two electives to meet a total of 12 recommended credits.
You take this 3-credit core course, taught in English or Portuguese depending on your language abilities:
You choose two 3-credit electives to meet the total 12 recommended credits.
- SP/ECON 320 Economics and Development in Brazil (taught in conjunction with PUC-SP)
- SP/INTR 360 Brazil-US Relations
- SP/LAST 330 Contemporary Issues in Brazilian Society
- SP/LAST 340 Brazilian Cinema (taught in Portuguese)
- SP/POLI 310 Brazilian Politics and Society (taught in conjunction with PUC-SP)
- SP/SOCI 350 Re-Thinking Racial Democracy in Brazil
Traveling Seminar to Salvador da Bahia
Day 3: Attend a lecture on Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion.
Day 4: See the Folkloric Ballet of Salvador at the Miguel Santana Theatre.
Day 5: Visit Steve Biko, an organization dedicated to providing resources and educating Afro-Brazilian teens that want to to pursue a college degree.
Day 6: Board a schooner to island hop while enjoying live music.
Day 8: Fly back to São Paulo.
Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
The program is hosted by Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. PUC-SP is a private Catholic university of 23,000 students located in Perdizes, a neighborhood with easy public transportation, plenty of cheap eats, and a lively nightlife. The campus itself is small and friendly—on your way to class, you pass students studying, playing music, holding rallies, or just out enjoying the sunshine.
Share a conveniently located apartment with CET peers and local Brazilian students. Apartments are a 15-minute walk from campus and are equipped with all the basics. And you live in Perdizes, a residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets that have everything you could need: a farmers’ market, several grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, running and biking trails.
Sharing an apartment with a local student from PUC-SP can teach you everything you need to know about Brazilian college life. Where to get the best pastel (pastry turnover). Which trails to hike in Ibirapuera Park. Where to get the official jersey for your favorite futebol team (and whom to cheer for!). Some roommates even invite CET students back to their home for dinner or a weekend away, giving them a glimpse of Brazilian family life, too. It’s no wonder students often tell us that their roommate is “one of the best parts of the program.”
Eating in São Paulo
For meals, take advantage of the city’s huge and 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 down the street and have a night in with your roommates at home.
EXTRA Support FOR GAP
With the sudden dive into intensive college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Need ideas for how to bond with your roommate? Or maybe you just want to share the details on your favorite new breakfast spot. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.
Sérgio Duarte Julião da Silva, Ph.D
São Paulo is a diverse and vibrant city, filled with things to do and people to do them with. Go to a weekend festival. Learn to make feijoada (black bean and meat stew). Find your favorite café in Perdizes, the neighborhood you’ll call home for the term. Shop at a craft fair in Liberdade, home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. And if you’re studying abroad in the spring, get ready for Carnaval…
Activities & Excursions
Around São Paulo
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore São Paulo and Brazilian culture. Head to Embu das Artes, a nearby town that comes alive on the weekends with artisan markets, food stands, and street music. Go on a guided walk through the city’s historical center. And there’s even more to see on your own—take a road trip to the beach, see a soccer game with friends, or get food in Vila Madalena with your roommates.
Away From the City
Spring 2021: $15,990
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in an apartment with CET peers and a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
We take you to Salvador da Bahia for a Traveling Seminar. Just bring a camera and your intellectual curiosity.
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 that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Beijing.
Costs for Fall/Spring
To be eligible for a Gap at CET program, you:
- Must be 18 or order at the time of program participation
- Should have a high school diploma but are not yet enrolled at a college or university degree program
- Are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
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.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous teachers.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
A phone interview with a CET staff member is a required step of the application process. You will be contacted soon after the completion of your other application materials.
Price Subject to Change:
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.