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Undergraduate Global Immersion in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil: Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Portuguese) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

São Paulo is a major economic and cultural center of the region. International business in the Latin American context continues to drive innovation as economic and political factors evolve on a daily basis.

Surging growth in international trade with Mexico and Chile challenges U.S. businesses to find new ways to sustain this growth while meeting the diverse demands of these populations. Studying in Brazil, a nation currently among the top 15 U.S. trade partners, will allow you to meet these challenges head-on with a diverse student-peer group from around the world.

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is the largest private business school in Latin America, in the largest capital city in South America. The FGV immersion experience allows students the opportunity to explore business topics in the dynamic Brazilian context. As a pioneer of business administration education in Brazil, FGV will immerse you in teaching, research, and consulting.

Students with Portuguese experience and/or a strong background in Spanish and good language-learning ability are best suited for this opportunity.

Academic Calendar

Second (US fall) semester: early August to early December

First (US spring) semester: early February to early December

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 16 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at FGV and take a total of 8 courses to meet the minimum requirements.

Courses at FGV are offered in both English and Portuguese. Topics offered in English include:

  • Global Business Management
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship in Brazil
  • Marketing for Low Income Consumers
  • Marketing in Latin America
  • Development & Sustainability
  • Strategy in the Latin American Context

Many other courses are delivered in Portuguese, and faculty often allow students to use English in papers and tests. FGV offers an intensive Portuguese language course to all participants of the exchange programs during the first few weeks of the semester.


The university does not have on-campus housing but there are many options near campus. Exchange students are provided with guidance from FGV and their campus student network to arrange to live in apartment flats close to FGV. Many flats come fully furnished with cable, 24-hour security, and other amenities.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,500
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations) $300
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $6,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $19,530

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Global Immersion
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CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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