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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • Restrictions: KU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enrollment Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Charlie Ambrose
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Eligibility: 2.75 GPA
Open to Non-KU students: No Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity: Yes
Program Description:
ISEP Direct Brazil
  • Attracting visitors from all over the world, São Paulo is a diverse international city, but with its own distinct local flare. With street art on nearly every corner, the city is brimming with creativity, color, and energy.  
  • Studying at FAAP is an exciting opportunity to bring new perspectives to common classes such as business, communication, digital arts and fashion. 
  • Today, FAAP is considered one of the most important and respected academic and cultural institutions in Brazil, giving you access to high quality faculty and world-class facilities. 
  • Take part in the city’s most popular sport by joining a futebol (soccer) team and competing with natives who live and breathe the sport. Or have an out-of-the-box experience by participating in the brand-new sport of beach tennis, a mixture of beach volleyball, tennis, and badminton (available to play on one of the on-campus sand courts). 

With a population of almost 12 million inhabitants that are made up of over 70 nationalities, São Paulo is an international city that offers diversity, vibrancy, and culture. Experience dancing the Samba during Carnaval, strut the runway at the São Paulo Fashion Week, or show your pride at the largest Pride parade in the world.  

What We Love About FAAP 
Located in Higienópolis, one of the most traditional districts of São Paulo, Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado is one of the most prominent institutions promoting arts and culture in the region of São Paulo. We particularly love this program because of the access to on-campus artistic opportunities like the Brazilian Art Museum, the FAAP Theater, and workshops on wood, metal, jewelry-making, and more. 

Visit the Program Page for Study in Brazil to learn more. 

You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website. 


Details for KU students interested in ISEP:

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

Students interested in exploring ISEP sites are encouraged to review site options and availability and then required to meet with the KU Program Coordinator for the region in which they wish to study BEFORE meeting with the KU ISEP Program Coordinator.

Funding your Study Abroad Program

ISEP-Exchange is one of the most affordable study abroad choices for KU students, as KU students pay in-state KU tuition, room and board. ISEP-Direct is less competitive, so if a student meets the eligibility requirements, they will likely have no trouble getting placed at the site of their choice. However, ISEP-Direct program costs vary substantially by site and can either be cheaper or more expensive than ISEP-Exchange.  The total cost to a KU student will include both the ISEP-Direct fees listed on the ISEP site as well as a KU ISEP fee.

The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.  
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

The Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship Fund created with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Office of Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki, provides awards up to $2,000 for students on ISEP-Exchange programs. To apply for this scholarship, complete the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships application online.

Additional ISEP scholarships are available through ISEP directly. Visit the Student section of the ISEP website for further information and application instructions.


Program Reviews:
Academic Year 2012 Participant
I learned a lot about myself, about what I'm capable of and about what kind of person I am. I think anyone who does the same program will have much the same reaction, if they really commit to getting as much as possible out of the year.

This program is currently not accepting applications.