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  • Locations: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: NWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay Areas of Study: Biology, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Science, Humanities, Management, Math/Statistics, Mathematics & Statistics
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

Study for a Semester in São Paulo, Brazil!

UMESP campus
The Methodist University of São Paulo (Portuguese: Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, or UMESP) aims to participate effectively in developing people who have the power to influence and contribute to the improvement of quality of life, based on knowledge and ethical values. UMESP is one of Brazil’s most highly regarded institutions of education, and its International Relations office organizes programs specifically for international students that incorporate cultural events such as visits to parks, museums, and lectures on the political and economic history of Brazil.
UMESP is located in São Paulo, Brazil with three campuses and numerous extension locations located throughout the country. São Paulo is a progressive, multinational city and the largest in the nation with a population of 10 million people. It is located on the southwestern coast of the country. The city offers an especially unique perspective for international relations or business majors seeking to understand Latin America’s role in today’s world. Situated in the center of global affairs and a short distance from the beach, São Paulo is a popular destination for tourists and international students alike. Also, the city provides cultural attractions affordable for students, including local museums, festivals, and soccer matches.
Academic Calendar
Fall: Aug – Dec
Spring: Feb – June
Sao Paulo Brazil City UMESP logo
International students will stay in dorms, apartments, or with host families. All living spaces are located off-campus and are not operated by UMESP. The international student advisors will help students to locate an apartment and the students can choose the place by themselves. Students who choose to live with families will have meals provided by their families. Accommodation costs vary. *See Estimated Additional Costs table below.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Everything that helps you pay for NWU will still help you pay for your study abroad at UMESP.

PLUS UMESP is an Exchange program, so students who choose to this institution qualify to apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant.

Apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant and learn about other study abroad scholarships.

Program Costs
Program costs paid to NWU – students pay NWU tuition and fees for the semester(s) of exchange.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1500 $2000 – $3000
- Homestay (Meals & Laundry included) $1255 - $1570 $2450 - $3140
- Shared Apartment $1570 - $3135 $3140 - $6270
- Dorm $1100 $2200
2Meals $1150 - $1900 $2300 - $3800
3Essential Living Expenses $325 - $625 $650 - $1250
Books and Materials Varies Varies
4Local Transportation $560 - $1120 $1120 - $2240
Insurance $940 $1880
Visa (for US Citizens) $290 $290
Passport $135 $135
Estimated Total Additional Expenses                  $5500 - $9645 $11,000 - $19,290
5Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000

1Housing expenses vary by where students choose to live.  Homestays include 19 meals/week. Dorms do not include food and for some dorms utilities are extra.
2Students who choose to live off-campus should budget at the lower end of the meals estimate. Students living in dorms should budget at the higher end.
3Essential living expenses include, but are not limited to, toiletries, a cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.
4Students staying in homestays should budget at the higher end of the local transportation estimate.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that "additional costs" above are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc.  Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. When planning for estimated additional costs, students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please email for additional information about estimated costs.
UMESP provides courses that have a flexible calendar with the complete support of the International Relations Office. Students receive theoretical knowledge in lectures and can observe and put into practice the concepts learned by means of field trips and other forms of experiential learning.
For more detailed course information, please contact the Office of Global Engagement and review UMESP’s website.
Portuguese language requirements
Students must have at least achieved the intermediate level of Portuguese.
Other Requirements
Students must have completed at least one academic semester prior to studying abroad.
Outside the Classroom
Becoming involved in activities outside of the classroom creates a more dynamic study abroad experience and will allow international students to gain insight into authentic student life in Brazil. For example, on the weekends, the Camargo Guarnieri Young Philharmonic Orchestra presents free concerts on campus for the university’s students, teachers, staff and the community. International students are also encouraged to take part in extracurricular that include activities in music, sports and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.  International students can connect with the UMESP campus and the greater São Paulo community by volunteering.
Sao Paulo Brazil closeup
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August
1st. After opening, the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. The UMESP application has a 2-part application process so students are encouraged to complete their NWU application well before the listed deadline.

 For more information about deadlines and how to apply, please email


This program is currently not accepting applications.