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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Winter Break in Brazil: Sao Paulo Music & Culture

ICA Brazil Sao Paulo Skyline

Program Overview

Sao Paulo, Brazil is a major center of Brazilian music and culture.  This 10 day study tour will focus on the music business and cultural capital of South America’s most populous capital. During this time students will become immersed in the fast-paced lifestyle of Sao Paulo’s pulsing creative cultures through interactions, lectures, tours and excursions with professionals in their field. Sao Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and the seventh largest city in the world.  It is beautiful chaos and rivals any city for the sheer opportunity of things to do at any time, day or night.

By participating in this program, students will:

  • Understand the significance of Brazil’s role in the creative and economic future of music, as well as the importance and challenges of working in global and international business community.
  • Increase their communication skills, interpersonal relationship capabilities, reflective processes and ability to think and act critically.
  • Experience and learn about Brazilian music and business structure, cultural background and the influential role that these play in how creative projects are marketed.


This course is open to all Drexel students in class or on co-op, and there are no pre-requisites.

Students will be registered for MIP 380, Sao Paulo: City of Music & Culture, 3 credits as part of their winter term course load. Students must leave space for this 3 credits in their winter term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credits for this program are not optional.

Review the Sao Paulo Syllabus. There will be an introductory Brazilian Portuguese class given on the first day. Students are expected to attend lectures, activities, discussions, and engage in outside research and a final project will be due upon at a date TBD. 
Students will be directed and overseen by Darren Walters, Associate Teaching Professor of Drexel's Music Industry program, with local support in Sao Paulo.

Program CalendarICA Brazil Photo with Band

Arrival Date: December 8, 2017
Departure Date: December 18, 2017
*Students should contact their fall term professors upon fall term registration to arrange for early final exams, due to the trip's departure date. A letter of support can be provided if necessary.
Students may choose to extend their travel independently after program dates.

Itinerary Overview

  • Music venue/industry visits
  • Guest lecturers
  • Portuguese lesson
  • Street Art Tour
  • City Bus Tour
  • Visit to University of Sao Paulo
  • Other related activities
Past programs have included
Artists Studios Businesses Entertainment Cultural
Chuck Hipolitho, frontman for Latin Grammy nominated Vespas Mandarinas, former MTV VJ, producer & studio owner Estúdio El Rocha (Nick Cave, Joe Lally [Fugazi]) NaMidia marketing & publicity company Vai Vai Samba School City Tour
Luiz Shiavon, member of Brazil’s biggest selling
band (RPM), Music Director for Brazil’s largest media conglomerate (Rede Globo)
YB Music (Commercial productions for Nike & Windows among others) Record label, publishing and scoring conglomerate SIM Music Festival Mercado Municipal
Multiple “day in the life” events and listening party with an emerging artist Luciana Oliveira University of Sao Paulo (experimental musical instruments) 2 DIY record labels (Desmonta Records & Black Embers) Samba Nightclub Street art tour & participation event with Mickemball in Beco do Batman
Private concert and house party with female artist Diana dos Teclados CASA Nam (DIY Mixing & Production Workshops) Casa do Nucleo (label, performance space & café) Dancing Museum of Image & Sound
      Various concerts & musical events Rock Gallery (4 floors of stores dedicated to all genres of music)

        Centro Cultural (Public arts performance space, practice spaces and musical library)
        Parque Ibirapuera
        Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ)

Program Fee - $1,500 for December 2017

Due September 30, 2017 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application feeICA Brazil Group Photo
Due November 1, 2017 - $1,000 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts and several group lunch/dinners
  • Sao Paulo airport pickup/drop off
  • In country transportation
  • Portuguese lesson
  • Entrance fees for group activities (museums, site visits)
  • City Bus Tour
  • Street Art Tour
  • OnCall emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (approx. $2,000):

  • Round trip airfare to Brazil
  • Brazilian visa
  • Transport to/from US airport
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Spending money

More Information

  • Visa: US Citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Brazilian Embassy for this program. Visa appointments must be booked weeks in advance, thus it is recommended to schedule your visa appointment during the study abroad application process. Do not delay!
  • Flight: A suggested flight itinerary will be provided to students after acceptance into the program. Students must book flights that arrive as early as possible on the arrival day, as program activities will begin that day.
  • Vaccination: It is recommended that students consider getting the Yellow Fever vaccine as a precautionary measure due to the current increase in Yellow Fever cases in Brazil. For more information read here:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.