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University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/05/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Direct Enroll Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Language Prerequisite: Yes Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Program Description:

University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Why São Paulo?

he University of São Paulo (USP) is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is the largest Brazilian university and the country's most prestigious educational institution. According to reports by the Ministry of Science and Technology, more than 25% of the articles published by Brazilian researchers in high quality conferences and journals are produced at the University of São Paulo.

USP is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America, with approximately 90,000 enrolled students. It has eleven campuses, four of them in São Paulo (the main campus is called Campus Armando de Salles Oliveira, with an area of 7,443,770 m². The other campuses are in the cities of Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and two in São Carlos. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge.

SIR World Report 2012 from SCImago Institutions Rankings classified the university in the 11th place in the world. In 2012, according to the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), the University of Sao Paulo is the best university in Ibero-America and 28th university in the world. Mines ParisTech ranked USP in the 42th place. Ranking Web of Universities classified USP in the 19th place. USP is ranked among the top 70 universities in the world, in the Ranking "Top Universities by Reputation 2013" published by Times Higher Education.

Academic Highlights

A full list of Academic courses offered at USP can be found at:

This program utilizes a different grading scale than the USA.

Grading Scale
USP Grade Grade Description U.S. Grade Equiv.
9.0 - 10 Excelente A
7.0 - 8.9 Bom B
5.0 - 6.9 Regular C
3.0 - 4.9 Insuficiente F
Below 2.9 Deficiente F
You should note that USP may have an attendance requirement to pass a class. 

Credit Equivalents
USP Unit of Credit US Credits
4 credits 4 credits
The credits are equivalent to US credits.

Student Life

There are many extramural activities available for the students attending USP. Among various clubs and social groups, there a number of athletic clubs on campus.

A full listing of organizations and extramural activities can be found at:

Life in São Paulo

São Paulo, or Sampa as it is called locally, is a multi-ethnic city with a diverse mix of immigrants. It experienced waves of migration over the past century from countries such as Italy, Portugal, Japan, Germany, Korea and the Middle East, all of whom brought their cuisine and culture with them. Nearly six million inhabitants have an Italian background, making it the largest ethnic group in the city, and more than half a million are Japanese. This multicultural legacy can be seen in the makeup of various neighbourhoods, such as Italian-influenced Bixiga and Japanese-influenced Liberdade. The recent booming economy also drew Brazilians from throughout the country, “so there is the chance to meet people and learn about different aspects of Brazilian culture,” said Catherine Balston, a British journalist and editor who has lived in the city for nearly four years.

São Paulo has world class museums, such as the São Paulo Art Museum, and is home to South America’s most high-profile Fashion Week in January and June, where A-list Brazilian designers such as Alexandre Herchcovitch show off their couture creations. In a nation as football mad as Brazil, São Paulo has three of the country’s top teams: the Corinthians, Palmeiras and São Paulo. The city will also host the opening kickoff of the 2014 World Cup -- provided the new Arena de São Paulo in Itaquerão is completed on time -- as well as one of the semi-final matches.

The city’s urban sprawl means that even with large parks such as Ibirapuera Park, there is not a lot of green space. “The proportions of the city are just mind blowing when you get the rare chance to see it from the top of a tall building,” Balston said. “There will always be more to explore.” The growing middle class also means an ever-increasing number of cars on the road, where 180km-long traffic jams are common, especially on Friday nights when everyone is heading out of town for the weekend. So instead, many of the city’s high-flying executives -- literally -- take helicopters to avoid the snarled highways.