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Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Any one can study and learn Brazilian Portuguese in Sao Paulo, Brazil! Think Abroad has the perfect immersion program in Sao Paulo where you can learn and study Brazilian Portuguese at a world class school!

The school also offers classes in photography, cooking, dance, and capoeira.  They also coordinate volunteer opportunities.


SCHOOL HISTORY:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Think Abroad’s Affiliate Foreign Language School (AFLS) in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a 17 year-old institution with an esteemed reputation in academics and foreign language education. As with all Think Abroad AFLS locations, our school in Sao Paulo offers Portuguese classes that focus on developing each student’s communicative skills, in order to achieve the specific goal of maintaining a fluid, and clear conversation with a native speaker.


Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

The school ensures a comprehensive understanding of the Portuguese language by incorporating a variety of oral and listening exercises, along with group discussions, and organized, cultural immersion outings. The school also makes use of some of the latest technological innovations in foreign language education by utilizing computers, DVD players, and CD recordings to help students with their pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese. Due to their innovative techniques and solid reputation, our AFLS in Sao Paulo is recognized by multiple international and Brazilian accreditation bodies for the high standards, and quality of education that is offered at their institution.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Over one hundred students per year from all over the world travel to our AFLS in Sao Paulo to learn Portuguese. Countries such as the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Australia, China, and several others from Africa our represented at our school. As a result, every student that attends our AFLS in Sao Paulo will have the added experience of participating in a large, global, inter-cultural exchange with their classmates. The age range of students in attendance is a broad collection of individuals from 15-70 years old. However, an adult family member must accompany students under the age of 15 who wish to attend classes at our AFLS in Sao Paulo.

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In addition to Portuguese courses, our school also offers classes in photography, cooking, dance, and capoeira. Furthermore, our school will also coordinate volunteer and internship programs for students who would like to use their Portuguese language skills in a job-related setting. So whatever your language travel needs might be, Think Abroad has the perfect immersion experience for you!

SCHOOL LOCATION and CLIMATE:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is the commercial, financial, and industrial center of Brazil. The Brazilian megatropolis boasts a population of 12.6 million people with an estimated 20 million in the greater metropolitan region, which makes it roughly, the third largest city on Earth, and the largest in all of South America. With all of these people, it’s no wonder that many consider Sao Paulo to be the cultural capital of Brazil as well, due to the vast array of ethnicities represented throughout the city. Sao Paulo is a multi-ethnic society with citizens who are of European, African, Arabic, Asian, Jewish, and Ameri-Indian descent. Sao Paulo for example, has the largest population of people of Japanese descent living outside of Japan. Most of the Brazilian Japanese, and Japanese expatriates reside in a district called Liberdade, which is famous for its authentic Japanese cuisine and character.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

There are literally thousands of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in Sao Paulo, which make up for a dizzying and alluring nightlife. However, Sao Paulo has a large collection of historical sites, landmarks, museums, theaters, music venues, and soccer stadiums that offer an alternative for those who are interested in other events besides discos and partying! Sao Paulo’s excellent bus line and underground railway system provide locals and tourists alike with an efficient way to get to and from all of the city’s highlights and attractions.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

The city of Sao Paulo is located on a plateau, in a large area known as the Brazilian highlands. The average elevation of Sao Paulo is 2,625 feet, and the city experiences all seasons. The summers are generally hot, but not unbearable, with temperatures peaking in the upper 80’s. The winters are typically dry and cool with temperatures averaging out in the low to mid 50’s. Students should remember however, that the seasons in the southern hemisphere where Sao Paulo is located, take place during the opposite months of the seasons that are typical in the Northern Hemisphere. For example, Sao Paulo’s winter takes place between June-August, while the summer occurs during the months between December-February. Students should pack accordingly to the length of time, and exact months that they will be living and studying in Sao Paulo.

THE SCHOOL and TECHNOLOGY:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Our AFLS in Sao Paulo is located in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Jardins, which is only several blocks away from Paulista Avenue, the bustling financial center of Sao Paulo. The school itself is on the first floor of a large, modern building that is well equipped with the resources and technology that one would expect to find at a first-rate educational institution.

Classrooms, reception areas, study halls, cafeterias, bathrooms, phone systems, computers and other media appliances are situated throughout the entirety of the school.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

The school itself is well equipped with modern facilities and teaching equipment that one would find at any top-tier educational institution. Computers, CD and DVD players, fax machines, and telephone lines are all readily available for student use. The entirety of the building has free internet and WiFi service for students who would like to bring their own laptops or personal computers. Central heating and air conditioning are also featured at the school, which allow the students to study and prepare for class and exams in a comfortable atmosphere.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Outside of the school, there is a plethora of restaurants, cafes, clubs, boutiques, retail shops, and bars. Students are encouraged to explore these local businesses and shops so that they can further immerse themselves in the day-to-day life and idiosyncrasies of Sao Paolan culture and commerce. Through such simple interactions such as ordering food at a restaurant, or checking the price of a certain item, students will actively improve their Portuguese language skills in real situations, while at the same time, become more acquainted with Sao Paulo’s diverse people and culture. As previously stated, our AFLS in Sao Paulo is well equipped with the modern resources and technology that one could expect to find at a first rate educational institution. The school is thoroughly equipped with computers, phone service, fax machines, as well as televisions, video, DVD, CD players, and WiFi service.

TEACHERS

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

All of our AFLS teachers in Sao Paulo are native Brazilians with college degrees in foreign language education. All teachers upon arrival at the school must undergo a one-month training program provided by Think Abroad’s AFLS, before being able to teach a live class. This is to ensure that all of the teachers follow the proper Think Abroad format and guidelines in order to provide a maximum learning experience for the students. Teachers are also assessed on their teaching efficiency through student evaluation sheets at the conclusion of their courses. Not only do the students evaluate the teachers, but the school director also subjects them to random sit-ins of their classes. Weekly staff meetings also make certain that all teachers and instructors are up-to-date on the latest teaching methods and techniques of foreign language education.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil
There are five, full-time teachers at the school who rotate classes every two weeks to guarantee that the students will become well acquainted with diverse teaching styles, that have different emphases. All of the instructors are well adapted at teaching private or group courses, as well as all levels of fluency and understanding from beginner to advanced levels of Portuguese. Additionally, all teachers are well prepared to meet the specific language needs of students who wish to have a customized language course that focuses on the grammar, vocabulary, and terminology associated with medical studies, law, business, or trade.

COURSE SUMMARY:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Upon arrival at the school, students will be administered a placement exam to determine their level of competency in Portuguese. The results of the exam will help school administrators place students in the appropriate class level that matches the students’ current level of fluency, and understanding. Students are then presented with a course kit that corresponds with the material of the class that they are to be placed in. The kit includes two books, paper, a pen, a map of the city and a course syllabus. From there, students will have the option of enrolling in either group, or private Portuguese language instruction programs:

* Group Instruction: Maximum of 6 students per class. Classes begin every Monday for intermediate students (once a month for beginners), and are held Monday through Friday.

* Intensive: 20 hours per week. 4 classes at 50 minutes each, every morning.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

* Super-Intensive: 6 classes at 50 minutes each, every morning and afternoon.

* Private Instruction: Offered for beginners, advanced, and professionals with specific needs. Classes start every Monday, and are held Monday through Friday.

* Intensive: 4 classes at 50 minutes each, every morning.

* Executive: 30 hours per week. 6 classes at 50 minutes each, every morning and afternoon. Specifically focused on business terminology. Includes lunch with professor.

* VIP: 50 hours of classes per week. 10 classes at 50 minutes each, every morning and afternoon. Includes lunch with professor.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

The fundamental principal of each class, regardless of fluency level, or class size, is to ensure constant dialogue and spoken communication within the classroom. In the group courses, students are often broken up into pairs or groups, and are required to converse with one another on a specific topic or related discussion. In the private classes, the dialogue is a direct line of communication between professor and student. In addition to the school course books, all classes will incorporate modern resources such as TV, DVD, CD’s and computers into the lesson plans to broaden and heighten the students exposure to various types of language education. Newspaper articles, magazines, and other forms of literature are also introduced into the lesson plans as well, particularly the ones that deal with Brazilian culture, regional studies, business, and society.

*Start dates for 2011. This only applies for "true" beginners.

*January 3rd & 31st; February 21st; March 14th; April 4th; May 2nd & 30th; June 13th; July 4th; August 1st & 29th; September 5th; October 3rd & 31st; November 7th; and December 5th.

*Private instruction can start any Monday. For group instruction see dates below. Students at Intermediate level can start any Monday.

Holidays for 2010:
The school will be closed for the following official holidays:

January 1st; March 7th , 8th & 9th; April 21st & 22nd; May 1st; June 23rd & 24th; August 27th; September 7th & 16th; October 12th & 15th; November 2nd & 15th; and December 8th & 25th.

INTERNSHIP, VOLUNTEER & MEDICAL

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Our AFLS in Sao Paulo also offers a paid internship program that is directed at people from the ages of 18 to 30 who are currently studying at, or are affiliated with a university. Students that participate in this program must be fluent in another language, other than Portuguese.

The school works in conjunction with prominent businesses, in various cities in Brazil that are open to students being placed within their companies. These placements are an excellent way for students to put to use the skills and knowledge they have developed in a degree program at home, while adding valuable international experience and language skills to their resume.

The Internship Program is divided into 3 sub-types:

-Standard Internship: Students sign up for one of the various internship options listed, according to their field of study and interests.

-Find an Internship: Students inform the school what kind of an internship they are looking for, and the school will find the best opening that fulfills the student’s requirements.

-Do it yourself: Students find and locate their own internship. School will then assist and handle all of the necessary paperwork to facilitate the visa.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

In addition to the internship program, our AFLS has also created a very successful volunteer program that combines true cultural immersion with deep personal rewards. Most of the volunteer assignments take place in Children's Cancer Homes, Hospitals, Youth Outreach Programs and Orphanages.

Volunteer work is a great way for students to put to use the Portuguese skills that they have developed throughout the language program. Students who wish to participate in the volunteer program will be asked to pay a placement fee, which helps cover administration costs and volunteer recruitment with each separate organization.

SAULD MEDICAL BRAZIL:

Combining Portuguese language classes and medical vocabulary, with an emphasis on either Tropical Diseases or Plastic Surgery, with a 2-week hospital internship, this course provides participants with key information for understanding the reality of Brazilian medicine.

This course is geared towards healthcare professionals and students of medicine, nursing, public health, etc.

During this internship, students see diseases being treated in the real life practice of medicine in Latin America, and the reality of Brazilian medical care, by accompanying doctors to their clinics and hospitals.

The program includes seminars, language training, supervised research and field excursions that have been developed jointly by Fast Forward Language Institute and the local health ministry.

The time spent in the hospitals will be purely for observation; students will not participate in any medical procedures.

CULTURE and SOCIAL ACTIVITES:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Our AFLS in Sao Paulo will provide students with the option of enrolling in various cultural programs and activities.

Through participation in these cultural activities, students will have the opportunity to utilize the language skills they are learning in class into the day-to-day realities of Brazilian life. Activities range from going to local restaurants, field trips to museums and parks, along with visits to other culturally significant historical sites in Sao Paulo.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

A shopping day will also be provided for students who need to buy goods and necessities such as groceries, a sim card/cell phone, and other household needs and essentials. Students will also be taken to the Mercado Municipal in Sao Paulo, which is the largest distribution center of fish, vegetables, fruits, and other local and imported goods. Monthly day and overnight trips to the coastal cities near Sao Paulo are available for students to sign up for as well. These overnight excursions offer students a nice break from the hustle and bustle of city life, so that they can enjoy a several days of pleasant relaxation on the beach. Students should be prepared however, to pay for their own bus fare and hotel expenditures. In addition to the various trips and activities that take place outside of the school, our AFLS also offers dance classes, capoeira instruction, culinary courses, Brazilian music classes, and photography courses, which are available for student enrollment at an additional fee.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Home-stays in Sao Paulo are thoroughly evaluated by Think Abroad staff, through personal visits, and interviews of each prospective home-stay family. In some instances, a Think Abroad employee will spend a night with the family to ensure that all accommodations and facilities meet the requirements and standards for all Think Abroad home-stays. All families must fill out forms and pass a background check prior to being considered for home-stay accountability.

Students who choose the home-stay option will be issued their own front door key to the house, and are asked to be considerate and respectful when entering and leaving the house at late or early hours of the morning or evening. The host mother will provide a weekly cleaning of the student’s room, and bed linens will be provided to students’, which will be changed every two weeks. Students are asked to bring their own towels and personal hygiene kits.

All families must fill out forms and pass a background check prior to being considered for housing students. More often than not, all homes are capable of being compliant and agreeable with most students.  Families provide breakfast and dinner for their students in this setting.  In many instances, the bond between host family and student remains strong even after the student has returned to their home country. Please read Think Abroad’s article about living in the homestay setting. Most homestay families in Sao Paulo are located less than 40-minutes by foot to the school.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

More often than not, all homes are capable of being compliant and agreeable with most students. Families provide free breakfasts for their guests and an optional evening meal between 6-8pm. In many instances, the bond between host family and student remains strong even after the student has returned to their homeland. The home-stay is an excellent option for students who would like an authentic experience of living with a native Sao Paolan family.

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil

In addition to the accommodations provided, students will also have continuous opportunities to speak and practice their Portuguese language abilities. In the event that a student would like to switch their home-stay situation, they are more than welcome to do so, but it must be within one day of arrival depending on the availability of other home-stay families. By far, Think Abroad is the smartest way to learn a foreign language and explore a new and fascinating culture!


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Airport Pickup: $80 COST.  Students arriving at the airport will be picked up by a representative from the school. Think Abroad will help coordinate this process by relaying arrival information of our students to school administrators and staff.

  • Housing: Students will have several options to choose from with regards to their housing accommodations. The most popular option however is the home-stay with a Brazilian family. Home-stays allow students to fully immerse themselves in the country’s culture, people, and cuisine. It also allows the students to have more opportunities to practice their language abilities outside of the classroom. Host family lodging includes, but is not limited to the following: a private bedroom, a shared bathroom, two meals per day, and one load of laundry per week. However, three meals per day, a private bathroom, and/or a double room can be requested.

  • All of the host families are middle-class and live in apartments or homes in safe and attractive areas.

  • Many host families are individuals living alone, but some are couples with or without children. Very few families have young children, but some have grandchildren that visit them quite frequently.

  • Distances from the host family to the school vary from 15 to 45 minutes by public transportation. However, the host family will assist with this orientation process until the student is comfortable with their surroundings, and understands how to use the public transportation system on their own.

  • Cell Phones are very easy to acquire, and they are quite affordable. Students simply purchase a SIM card, which they can buy at any convenience store, and this will allow them to make and receive phone calls as well as text messages. Once their card has reached its limit, students simply purchase a new card.

  • Health Insurance: Students are required to have some form of health insurance coverage before they depart for Brazil. Think Abroad can provide recommendations and assistance to students who are looking for coverage prior to their departure.

  • There is no tax or departure fee in Brazil

Study and Learn Brazilian Portuguese in  Sao Paulo, Brazil