CET Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil

It’s no accident that we chose São Paulo (and not Rio de Janeiro) for this program. 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. Hang out with friends at a boteco (corner bar). 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…

Still thinking about São Paulo versus Rio? Here’s how one former student put it on a final evaluation:

“Things are hard to enjoy in Rio because of the tourists. São Paulo has more cultural events, more museums, better food, and tons of hidden treasures.”

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Local Roommates

Want to learn where to pick up havaianas (flip flops), how to find the street with the best graffiti, who to buy exotic fruits from at the Municipal Market? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with.

Pontifical Catholic University

The program is hosted by Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. PUC is a private Catholic university of 23,000 students. In 2016, it was ranked as the 9th best university in Brazil by QS, a leading global career and education network. The campus is small and friendly—on your way to class, you’ll pass students studying, playing music, holding rallies, or just out enjoying the sunshine.

PUC is located in Perdizes, a neighborhood of São Paulo with easy public transportation, plenty of cheap eats, and a lively nightlife.

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Housing & Meals

You’ll share an apartment with a local roommate. Apartments are a 15-minute walk from campus, and are well-equipped: basic furnishings, kitchen, laundry facilities, and internet access.

For meals, take your pick of São Paulo’s many inexpensive restaurants and eateries. Like to cook? There’s a farmers’ market right down the street from the apartments.