The Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV/EAESP) was founded in 1954 through a joint effort of the Brazilian government and community, with cooperation from Michigan State University. Designed to meet the needs for business education in Brazil, FGV holds worldwide recognition as a highly reputable private college focused on business administration and economics. With more than 70 international partner schools, FGV/EAESP is the first Latin American school to earn the "Triple Crown," earning accreditation by each of the three main accrediting agencies in the world: AACSB International, EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (The Association of MBAs).
FGV/EAESP is located in São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities and in the economic center of Latin America. Focused on major business initiatives, São Paulo is an obligatory international destination for all seeking opportunities to do business and expand in Latin America. The city is culturally diverse and boasts innumerous offerings of musical and dance performances, concerts, film showings and art exhibits. São Paulo is a modern and cosmopolitan city with a population of 10.4 million that includes people from 70 different nationalities whose tradition and culture have already been incorporated into the city's life.
Located on Avenida 9 de Julho in the neighborhood of Bela Vista, in the city of São Paulo, FGV/EAESP is headquartered in a 12-floor building, in the same building as the Karl A. Boedecker Library and the Getulio Vargas Auditorium, in addition to a multi-purpose sports court and two annex buildings, located at Rua Itapeva, 432. The classrooms, videoconference rooms and IT and integrated systems labs, are all sponsored and located among the many FGVSP buildings.
School administration, academic departments and most of the administrative departments, the Ceremonial Hall, the Prefeito Faria Lima Bookstore and the Getúlio Vargas Academic Board are also at headquarters, as well as the faculty room, outpatient clinic, two restaurants and two cafeterias.
The annexes hold, in addition to some administrative departments, student entities such as Aiesec, Junior Enterprises, the Athletic Association and Employee Association. As a visiting student directly enrolled at FGV/EAESP, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. For a list of student organizations, visit FGV/EAESP's Student Organizations website.
FGV/EAESP is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in late January and ends in early December. Tulane Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1 and takes place January - June. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place July - December.
FGV/EAESP operates on a system similar to a quarter system. Each semester is divided into two modules. Students typically take 2-3 classes each module for a total of 4-6 classes during the semester.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 101 - 150 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that courses at FGV/EAESP are moderately less difficult than courses at Tulane.
Students enroll in business classes with local Brazilian students and/or other incoming study abroad and exchange students. All courses are taught by FGV/EAESP faculty. The language of course instruction is English and/or Portuguese. To enroll in courses in Portuguese, students should have completed at least four semesters of college-level Portuguese or the equivalent. A placement test will be required.
For a list of courses commonly offered at FGV/EAESP and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see www10.fgv.br/incoming/information.
FGV/EAESP offers an Intensive Portuguese Language Course for international students. The Portuguese crash course is recommend the course to all students who have not attained intermediate level Portuguese. The course is free of charge and non-credit-bearing.
Registration takes place online prior to the start of the semester. FGV/EAESP sends registration instructions via email. Courses are available on a first come first served basis.
After the registration period there is no option to add or drop courses. Please pre-approve your courses with Goldring and your BSM advisor prior to registering for your classes.
Please, be aware that if you choose at least one course taught in Portuguese, you must take the Portuguese Proficiency Test. The recommended level of Portuguese is upper-intermediate or above for you to be able to take courses in Portuguese. If you don’t achieve the recommended score on the placement exam, you can adjust your schedule and drop the course.
The Portuguese Proficiency test will be administered during orientation week. If you choose courses taught in Portuguese and don’t take the test, FGV/EAESP will drop you from your courses taught in Portuguese.
There is an administration fee for the test (R$90,00). Students that wish to take courses in Portuguese are responsible for the testing fee.
Teaching styles at FGV/EAESP vary. Some professors prefer lecturing and others prefer a mix of lecture and discussion. Typically there is not a lot of reading but rather several class projects and papers.
Generally speaking, Brazilian culture is more laid back than U.S. American culture and operates on a completely different concept of time. Professors do not necessarily organize course materials in advance and respond with less urgency to students' questions and concerns. However, they are generally approachable and passionate about what they teach.
Despite the laid back attitude at FGV/EAESP, class attendance is mandatory. Students can only miss two classes per course. More than two absences may result in a failing grade.
Final grade is generally based on attendance, participation, oral and written presentations, case analyses and mid-term/final examinations.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
Grading is on a scale of 0-10, with 6 as the minimum passing grade. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at FGV/EAESP.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in Portuguese
If you wish to take business courses taught in Portuguese with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. FGV/EAESP will send application instructions via email. Students will be required to submit an application form, copy of passport and a passport-sized photo. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Exchange students arrange their own housing in Sao Paulo with resources shared by FGV/EAESP. Past participants recommend the neighborhoods of Bela Vista and Jardins (near Ave. Paulista). Because of safety concerns, being in a nice neighborhood is more important than the cost.