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CET Brazil
CET Brazil
The program is based at Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). PUC-SP is a private Catholic university with 16,000 students and one of the most highly respected universities in Brazil. The campus is welcoming and vibrant—students studying, playing music, holding rallies or just enjoying the sunshine are familiar scenes. The University is located in the Perdizes neighborhood, which boasts easy-access public transportation, plentiful cheap eats and a lively nightlife. This program is for challenge-seeking students who want to understand Brazil’s many sides. São Paulo is not only Brazil’s largest city but also one of its most vibrant. As the country’s financial center, São Paulo is rich with thriving businesses, an effervescent arts scene, top notch educational institutions and wonderful recreational outlets (including access to gorgeous beaches). The city is also home to myriad political organizations ranging from grassroots, neighborhood operations to well-established NGOs.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
Program Calendar
Fall: late July to late November
Spring: late January to early June

This language-intensive program is open to students of all Portuguese language levels. All students enroll in Portuguese language classes and take the core course—Poverty & Inequality in 21st Century Brazil. The core course includes a weekend excursion to Itapevi, where students stay with local families and learn about the daily life of people who live in economically depressed communities. In addition, students choose two or three electives. CET electives are taught in English, and intermediate and advanced students may also choose direct enroll courses—courses taken in Portuguese at the PUC-SP alongside Brazilian peers. 

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

The program also includes a traveling seminar to Salvador da Bahia, the perfect place to study the history and social dynamics of African influences on Brazilian culture.

CET Brazil students share apartments with local roommates. Apartments are within a 15-minute walk from campus, and are well-equipped: basic furnishings, kitchens, laundry facilities and internet access. For meals, students cook or explore the city’s many inexpensive restaurants and eateries.

Students must obtain a student visa prior to departing for Brazil. CET will provide support during the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a program fee which covers room with a local Brazilian roommate, pre-departure meetings, required excursions, international travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
CET Brazil Social Justice & Inequality Budget 2020.pdf.

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and CET application.

Syracuse University
  • Complete the CET application. Check the CET website for the application deadline. 
  • Follow instructions from CET for supplemental documents
CET Academic Programs

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/10/2021 12/07/2021
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** 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.