Insper (Institute of Education and Research) is a Brazilian higher education university located in the remarkable city of São Paulo, Brazil. Insper is a young institution that aspires toward excellence in the application of knowledge and skills to organizations and our society. The university is committed to research on issues that relate to modern society. Insper works parallel to the demands of a multicultural world. The university’s teaching is oriented to problem solving, seeking to produce hands-on learning where students can participate in dynamic classes while analyzing real-world problems, identifying dilemmas and making decisions in a context that promotes a diversity of ideas and proactivity.
The Surrounding Area
São Paulo is the third-largest metropolis on earth. There are a multitude of attractions that will pull students to the city. For an unforgettable panorama of the city, ride to the observation deck of the Banespa Building. For a true experience of the culture, sample classic Brazilian edibles in the Mercado Municipal, an urban market under a series of vast domes with stained glass. There are also a number of other museums and parks, as well as the Botanical Garden of São Paulo if you’d like to find some peace in the bustling city.
Location............................................................ Sao Paulo, Brazil
City Population.........................................................11.3 million
Insper prides itself on its social, cultural, scientific, and technological character. Students will participate in pedagogy and research with teachers, fellow students and even community members. Members of the community are invited, free of charge, to contribute input in debates on topics that involve the professional development of participants.
The city offers all kinds of options in regard to restaurants and cafes that can be found throughout the city and nearby campus. If you don’t want to cook every day, the most inexpensive way to eat is at “Restaurantes por Quilo.” These buffet-style restaurants charge a certain price for every 100g of food so the cost of your meal depends on its weight.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
- Four semesters of Spanish or two semesters of Portuguese is recommended
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNCW exchange/study abroad program at Insper will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include business administration, economics, and a Portuguese language course. A variety of courses (about 7 to 10 per semester) are taught in English, and are subject to change from year to year.
Insper does not offer specific housing for international students, but they do help students find accommodation. After you receive confirmation of your acceptance from the university, the International Office will provide a list of housing possibilities.
Academic Year Dates
Early August to Late June
Fall Semester Dates
Early August to Late December
Spring Semester Dates
Mid-February to Late June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.