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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including 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. Insper will send application instructions via email. 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.
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.