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  • Locations: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA Required: 2.75 Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Program Description:

Located in São Paulo, Brazil's largest commercial and financial district, the University of São Paulo is the largest institution of education and research in Brazil. USP is influential throughout Latin America and is strong in the areas of science, humanities, education, technology and the arts.

The university offers 214 undergraduate programs in all areas of study and houses 24 museums and galleries, two theaters and a cinema. USP has a large sports center with a stadium, soccer fields, tennis courts, a gym, swimming pools and a jogging track, and students can participate in one of the many sports and cultural activities run by student organizations.


Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with Sarah Carrier prior to applying to this program. When contacting her for an advising appointment, please email her at and list the days and times you are available to meet over a two week period.

To Apply:

Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA to apply. Applications should be submitted to the Education Abroad office by April 15 for the fall semester or full year and Sept. 15 for the spring semester. Applicants should complete the online VCU application for partnership exchange and USP application form. Students must also submit an essay, one reference letter and an official transcript to VCU Education Abroad.



VCU students are allowed to take classes in different departments and are encouraged to take classes outside of the Portuguese language classes. All classes are offered in Portuguese. Students can take the Portuguese-for-foreigners language course. Please allocate an additional 70 reais (Brazilian currency) for this class.

Transfer of credit:

Students must earn the equivalent of a C grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU.

Academic Calendar:

Fall semester: early August through December

Spring semester: early  February through July

Exchange students can choose to study for either one semester or an academic year. USP is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in February and ends in December.

Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. The USP exchange student office maintains a list of people who are interested in renting to foreign students. The office has inspected these rooms to make sure they are suitable. Students will pay the monthly rent directly to the owner. Upon acceptance, students can obtain more housing information by Emailing  VCU will make every effort to assist students in securing housing.


Orientation takes place shortly after arrival and includes information about entry requirements, classes, campus life, etc. During the February orientation only, there is a meeting where students meet professors and former Brazilian exchange students.

Tuition and fees:

Tuition for VCU students is based on VCU tuition and fees. Room and board are paid directly to USP.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Registration Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 04/15/2018 05/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 11/15/2018 11/15/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.