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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:

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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.

The Academics

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

Credit: 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.

Requirements: 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. 
Faculty: 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 Itinerary: sao paulo nightDec 3 - Dec 11, 2016* (arrival and departure dates) 

-Music venue/industry visits
-Guest lecturers
-Portuguese lesson
-Street Art Tour
-City Bus Tour
-Visit to University of Sao Paulo
-Other related activities

*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.

Past programs have included:

• Chuck Hipolitho, frontman for Latin Grammy nominated Vespas Mandarinas, former MTV VJ, producer & studio owner
• Luiz Shiavon, member of Brazil’s biggest selling
band (RPM), Music Director for Brazil’s largest media conglomerate (Rede Globo)
• Multiple “day in the life” events and listening party with an emerging artist Luciana Oliveira
• Private concert and house party with female artist Diana dos Teclados
• Estúdio El Rocha (Nick Cave, Joe Lally [Fugazi])
• YB Music (Commercial productions for Nike & Windows among others)
• University of Sao Paulo (experimental musical instruments)
• CASA Nam (DIY Mixing & Production Workshops)
• NaMidia marketing & publicity company
• Record label, publishing and scoring conglomerate
• 2 DIY record labels (Desmonta Records & Black Embers)
• Casa do Nucleo (label, performance space & café)

• Vai Vai Samba School
• SIM Music Festival
• Samba Nightclub
• Dancing
• Various concerts & musical events
• City Tour
• Mercado Municipal
• Street art tour & participation event with Mickemball in Beco do Batman
• Museum of Image & Sound
• 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 December 2016: $1425

-Due Sept. 30th: $500 Advanced Payment + $25 application fee

-Due Nov 1st: $925 Final Payment

*All payments non-refundable unless student is declined admission or program cancels for unforseen reasons.

Included in program fee:

-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 $2,100):

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-Round trip airfare to Brazil
-Brazilian visa
-Transport to/from US airport
-Most lunches and dinners, spending money.

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.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.