Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is the largest and most prestigious institution of higher education and research in Brazil, and is among the top-ranked universities in the world. USP is a public university enrolling over 90,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its eight campuses located throughout the state of São Paulo.
Brazil, the largest country in South America, is perhaps best known for its stunning beaches, tropical rain forest, eclectic music, and soccer. With a population of more than 11 million, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the seventh largest city in the world. Located in the southeast of Brazil, the city is known for its multicultural and cosmopolitan lifestyle, as well as its rich cultural, economic, and political influence.
International students at USP enjoy its vibrant multicultural environment that welcomes students and faculty members from all over the world. The exchange program at USP completely immerses students in Brazilian culture and education, as students take classes in Portuguese alongside local Brazilian and international students taught by distinguished USP faculty. Learn more about USP by browsing their university profile and the International Office website.
All courses at USP are taught in Portuguese. Thus, students participating in the USP exchange program must be proficient in the Portuguese language. Portuguese classes for foreign students are also available at the Language Center on USP’s central campus.
The program is open to all majors. Students may enroll in disciplines offered by different departments and institutes, making sure they meet course pre-requisites.
Selecting Courses: Students may choose from USP’s complete course catalog. Students may also search for courses by discipline available in each institute here (click on "[Unidades de Ensino]" and choose one of the listed Institutes).
For tips on selecting classes and navigating USP’s course catalog, browse the orientation for disciplines selection.
Course Approvals: As part of the application process, students are required to have Drexel equivalent course numbers and credit approved by the appropriate Drexel department. For example, to take a Literature course abroad for Drexel credit, the course equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel’s English Department.
Credits and Grading: Students and taught and graded by local faculty at USP. Grades are noted as “CR/NCR” on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive "CR" students must earn a “C” or above at the host institution. You must plan to be a full time student at USP while also being careful to take the equivalent of a full time load at Drexel. Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.
USP is a semester school. Drexel students will receive Fall term credit, and will attend USP’s “2nd Semester.” Students will need to arrange early departure from their spring/summer co-op early in order to arrive in late July/early August.
Fall term: early August – mid-December
Please review USP’s academic calendar for more detailed information.
To learn first-hand about the student experience at USP, check out this blog by a Drexel student studying abroad there in Fall 2014! http://dragaonobrasil.wordpress.com/
USP operates a program called iFriends which connects current USP students with incoming exchange students to support them in their university experience and facilitate their immersion into the local academic community.
USP’s facilities include libraries, laboratories, recreation centers, transportation services, cafeterias, and much more across each campus.
There are also a multitude of cultural options for its students and also for the community. USP maintains several museums and most of them are free. For more information about these and other leisure options, please visit the Pro-Rectory of Culture and Extension website here. For more information on USP’s museums, click here.
Housing: As there is no university-administered housing, students will seek accommodation in apartments or residences independently. Please browse USP’s housing website for more information.
Students are required to obtain a visa for entry into Brazil. Students are also required to have international health insurance coverage in order to obtain the visa and register at USP. This process may take several weeks, so students should plan ahead.
Cost & Financial Aid
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.