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Program Description:
ACES/Engineering in Brazil at Universidade de São Paulo
Semester Exchange
Pirassununga, Brazil

Quick Links
Program Overview
City of Pirassununga
Academic Environment
Program Cost
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal Policies or Change Programs
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information

Program Overview

At Universidade de São Paulo (USP), the academic year is divided into two semesters: February to July and July through December. For international students, a welcome week is scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester during which students will get acquainted to the campus and city, take a language proficiency test, and develop their course schedule in consultation with their academic adviser. A typical semester schedule will consist of a weekly language course, a cultural course that satisfies a general education requirement taught in Portuguese, and two additional technical or general education courses taught in Portuguese relevant to the student's major, including courses taught on agricultural and biological engineering, animal or crop sciences and technical systems management. In addition, participants are encouraged to earn independent study/internship credit with a faculty member at USP. ACES students will study in the College of Animal Science and Food Engineering (Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos or FZEA). This will be arranged after a student has been accepted into the program. 

Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants should be at least in the second semester of their junior year by the time the program begins. Master's students may also apply.

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The City of Pirassununga

Pirassununga is a municipality in the north-eastern part of São Paulo state, Brazil, approximately 210 km from São Paulo city. The population in 2010 was around 70,000 (similar to Urbana-Champaign).

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Academic Environment

The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) – is the largest public university in Brazil. USP contributes a significant proportion of master and doctorate degrees in Brazil in different areas of education, sciences, technology and arts. The university is composed of 35 faculties and institutes distributed in seven campuses: São Paulo, Bauru, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Lorena, Ribeirão Preto and São Carlos. Detailed information can be accessed at the website

USP has courses designed for international students interested in biosystems engineering coursework, through FZEA who are not fluent in Portuguese. See this guide for more information on these courses and to learn more about cost of living and the application process: Guideline FZEA_be.docx

Language Requirements
This program requires initial language preparation prior to departure and students will continue to study Portuguese during their stay in
Brazil along with other international students based on their level of proficiency.

ACES International Minor
Credits earned through this program can be used towards completing the requirements of the ACES International Minor. For further information, please visit:

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to


Students have the option of staying in private housing in the city, or sharing on-campus accommodations.  Meals are available at campus, but most students prepare some meals at home.


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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See the Budget Sheet for your program term at the top of this page!

usp campus

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:


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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance.

All foreign visitors must have a passport and an entry visa. The passport must be valid for the period of their stay in the country. The Temporary Visa IV will also be required for international students. These visas must be obtained at the Brazilian Embassy or Brazilian Consulate, in the home country of the foreign students, before coming to Brazil.

More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Process

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:

  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires

After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application. 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines listed below.  Online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date while paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Pre-Departure Resources

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:

Upon acceptance into the program, each participant should call the West 2 Clinic (217-333-2716) at McKinley for a free travel consultation as soon as possible. McKinley does administer needed immunizations for a fee.

The following immunizations are highly suggested by the CDC for travelers to Brazil:
-        Adult Polio update if needed
-        Tetanus-diphtheria booster if last vaccine was over 5 years ago
-        Measles (MMR) if your records do not show 2 MMR vaccines
-        Typhoid
-        Hepatitis A and B
-        Yellow Fever (recommended)

More information is at:


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Contact Information

ACES Education Abroad

123 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380



Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 02/19/2018 06/29/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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