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Fast Facts:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): Finance, International Business, Management, Management Communication, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: English, Portuguese Language Prerequisite: None, but some knowledge of local language advised
Secondary Application Required: Yes Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Sao Paulo
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Past Participants

Program Description


The University
Insper’s vision is to be a leading center in education and research in the fields of Business and Economics, combining academic rigor and a practical approach so as to forge leaders and professionals who will make a difference.  Since its launch in São Paulo in 1987, the programs offered by Insper combine academic excellence with a pragmatic vision and are among the most highly regarded in the market, based on national and international rankings. 

Insper is a non-profit educational institution working closely with renowned universities to exchange educational knowledge, develop teaching programs and offer students the possibility to try an international academic experience. These partnerships allow not only the exchange of students but also joint research and academic seminars.

In 2009, the institution adopted the new brand name Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa replacing the brand name Ibmec São Paulo.  The name Insper comes from “to inspire” and “to belong” (pertencer in Portuguese) which together with “to transform” were considered to be the three basic pillars of the institution brand. 

Insper is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). 

Insper 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. 

Student Life
Insper is housed in a 18,000 square meter facility. The building holds classes for all programs, which promotes greater interaction between the members of the Insper Community. Life on campus goes far beyond the classroom walls. The Insper campus is rich with events and seminars, interaction, debates and opportunities for discovery. 

Active participation in campus life is an important component of the Insper educational experience. Students are encouraged to participate in one of the many student organizations on campus, such as the Insper Junior Consulting Group or Sementes Culturais. Insper's Grupo de Ação Social (GAS) develops social projects through students' volunteer work and financial donations. Athletica promotes sports practices and championships: soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, and others. It is also organizes parties and events for the students.

Insper maintains partnerships with universities on four continents. International students are a rich part of university life. 

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
Insper 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 February - June. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place August - December.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2017 QS World University Rankings. 
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane. 

Business Courses
Students enroll in business classes with local Brazilian students and/or other incoming study abroad and exchange students. All courses are taught by Insper faculty. The language of course instruction is English and/or Portuguese. A variety of undergraduate courses (7 to 10 per semester) are taught in English. To enroll in courses in Portuguese, students should have completed at least four semesters of college-level Portuguese or the equivalent. 
For a list of courses commonly offered at Insper and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year.

For descriptions of courses in English, see Electives English
Language Courses
Insper offers a 25 hour Portuguese crash course for all 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. 
After nomination, Insper contacts all students directly to provide information about course enrollment. Students must take a minimum of 4 courses. Registration should be done prior to arrival by e-mail. Students can make changes to their schedules during the first week of classes.  

Academic Culture
Teaching styles at Inpser 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 Insper, class attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 75 percent of classes in order to pass. 

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 5 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 Insper.

Insper Grading Scale


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 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. 

Secondary Application 
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Insper will send application instructions via email. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
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. 


Independent Housing
Insper does not offer housing for international students, however they do help students find accommodation. After you receive the confirmation for your exchange period Insper's International Office will provide a list of housing possibilities.

Helpful Links

Insper International Student Page
Visa Information
Sao Paulo, Brazil Official Tourism Website

Contact Past Participants

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 08/01/2018 12/22/2018
NOTE: Dates are approximate. Semester 2 2018 academic calendar to be confirmed. Insper is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in February and ends in December. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place August - December.
Spring 2019 09/12/2018 09/22/2018 TBA TBA