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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) : Study in English


Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in Brazil offers the best of many worlds. São Paulo, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, is a political, economic, and cultural hub. This bustling metropolis is ideal for international relations or business majors looking to understand the Latin American perspective on world issues. The multitude of museums and theaters are also fantastic for students studying the arts.

FAAP was a small foundation destined to help and develop Fine Arts in 1947. Today it is considered one of the most important and respected academic institutions in Brazil and houses the following schools: Arts, Business, Communications, Law, Economics, Engineering and Computer Science; besides FAAP - Graduate School, the Executive MBA (considered one of the best courses in Brazil) and a High School. 

With over 13,000 students and 750 current professors, FAAP is also present in the cultural area through the MAB - Museum of Brazilian Art and the FAAP theatre. 

But it is in the formation of students that Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado stands out in the academic scenario. It is considered an institution that prepares future leaders of the country in business, public, cultural and artistic spheres. Its main mission is to foment both teaching and arts, permitting the student an all round formation as human beings. In the classrooms, professional specialization meets the requirements of modern production, based on new technologies, concepts of productivity and total quality. Besides preparing the youth to full exercise the citizenship, FAAP is committed to a national project for development and social well being. 

Learn More about here about FAAP! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type



Sao Paulo, Brazil

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Academic Year: February to December

Fall 2018: Early September to Late December

Spring 2019: Early January to Early May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that when you are searching course catalogs, this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:


  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.  


ISEP Direct-English Program chance of placement is generally Excellent for US students.


FAAP is located in one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo, called Higienópolis. Founded in 1554 by Jesuits priests, São Paulo is the main city of Brazil. 

The fourth largest city in the world and the largest in South America, São Paulo was born destined to be the economical and cultural heart of the country.

São Paulo is also the largest port for all foreign visitors with a total of 1,345,000 arrivals by air per year. The business tourism and events, place São Paulo as a very important door for “Mercosur” and a straight line to all main cities in the world.

Entertainment and Art have the face of São Paulo; there is a feeling of culture everywhere. The city has 223 cinemas, 92 theatres, 11 cultural centers, 70 museums, and a dozen of historical buildings. The five amusements parks and the great number of leisure places are the icons of the city. São Paulo has 7 large soccer stadiums and the automobile racecourse of Interlagos, seat of the World Championship of Formula I, the only one in the entire Latin America.


ISEP Direct: Semester - Study in English

The Study in English program at FAAP offers courses primarily focusing on business and international studies. Students can take up to six (6) courses in English. English courses in the past have included subjects such as Doing Business in Brazil, Human Rights, and Environment and Social Change in Brazil.

Please note that you will need the equivalent of 15 US semester hours to earn 4 Lake Forest College credits.  Therefore, the College strongly recommends combining the courses in English with an intensive Portuguese course to ensure receiving enough semester hours. 

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp 

Language Requirement: This program is designed for students without enough knowledge of the Portuguese language to enroll in regular courses. No prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required.
Language Courses: A 5-week intensive Portuguese language course is offered in addition to the classes in English during the semester for the beginning level.
Pre-session: A 5-week pre-session, intensive Portuguese language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee. 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Hints for Researching Courses

1. Students on the Study in English program can take up to six (6) courses in English. The course offering can vary every semester.
2. Go to the Study in English page to find the list and description of courses available on this program.

Student Life

The orientation program introduces the student to FAAP and the city of São Paulo. All international students will have an “Orientation Meeting” and an “Integration Meeting”. The orientation meeting provides information about the city of São Paulo, the neighborhood “Higienópolis”, the institution and the different internal procedures and rules that the students must follow during the semester. The integration meeting is an event organized by FAAP’s Portuguese Language Professors and consists of games aiming to integrate the international students into Brazilian culture. During the semester, the International Office will organize more integration events.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in either a student house or a homestay. In a homestay, students will live in a shared apartment with a Brazilian and other international students. In the student house, students will live in a shared room with other international students. All students will receive stipends to pay for meals. The meal stipend will be equivalent to 19 meals per week, which can be used to prepare meals, purchase meals at a cafeteria, or purchase meals from the restaurant. FAAP also has a cafeteria on campus. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Direct to the FAAP English program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, insurance, housing, and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added costs



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award.


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

Experiences of Former Students

“I learned quite a lot about not only Brazil as a rising power but the rest of Latin America as well. The activities outside of the classroom, like art expositions, film festivals, and academic lectures were my absolute favorites because they attracted the entire FAAP students, faculty, and staff into one cultural melting pot! It was an indescribable experience to live in a country like Brazil, a city like São Paulo, and study at a university like FAAP; simply, an outstanding experience!” – ISEP Student