Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV): São Paulo
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.
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.
Application and Admissions
To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on January 1 and the priority deadline is February 28. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.
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
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.
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.
Cost estimate (Summary)
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.
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.
Academics and credits
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
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*)
Transportation (to and from program site)
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations)
Books and Materials
Room and/or Board
Essential Daily Living Expenses