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Portuguese in Brazil - São Paulo

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Programme Summary:

  • Portuguese courses in São Paulo, ages 16+
  • General or Business Portuguese
  • Homestay, half-board
  • Social and cultural activity programme organised by the school
  • From 1-18 weeks year round


São Paulo

Brazil's largest city and the world's third-largest metropolis is an explosion of energy. Along with its concrete jungle - São Paulo is a major finance hub - the city boasts countless dining and entertainment options, with over 15,000 bars and some of the best contemporary art and culture on offer. Attractions include the baroque Teatro Municipal, Niemeyer's Edifício Copan, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and the 16th-century Pátio do Colégio. For a glimpse of fast-living, modern Brazil, you can hardly do better than São Paulo.

Our Partner School

Founded in 1991, our partner school, Fast Forward, is devoted to providing high quality and personalized instruction in Portuguese for foreigners.

All of the teachers are experienced professionals. They are all native speakers and qualified in teaching Portuguese as a foreign language.

  • Our school in São Paulo is located in the upscale district of Jardim Paulista, near São Paulo's CBD. The shady, tree-lined streets around the school are packed with dining, entertainment and shopping options, as well as parks. The rest of the city is easily accessible by public transport.

Portuguese Courses

The school offers both group and individual courses for all students, from beginners to advanced learners. Lessons are based on conversation skills (although written homework is also done at home). General lessons can be combined with cultural workshops such as dance, cuisine, Capoeira or photography (optional - contact us for more information).

  • Group Course

These lessons take place from Monday to Friday, either in the mornings or afternoons. There are 6 students maximum per class. Two options are available:

  • Intensive Programme: 4 lessons (50 minutes each) per day, making 20 lessons per week.
  • Super-Intensive Programme:
    6 lessons (50 minutes each) per day, making 30 lessons per week.

    • Individual Course

These lessons take place Monday to Friday, in the mornings or afternoons. They are available for beginners, advanced students and professionals with specific goals.

  • Intensive Programme:

    4 lessons (50 minutes each) per day, or 20 lessons per week. They take place either in the morning or the afternoon.

  • Super-Intensive Programme:

    This is the ideal programme for professionals looking to make quick progress in a short amount of time. It includes 10 lessons (50 minutes each) per day from Monday to Friday. The lessons take place in the mornings and afternoons, lunchtime meals are included with the teacher.

  • Business Portuguese:

    6 lessons (50 minutes each) per day from Monday to Friday. Lessons are primarily focussed on vocabulary specially linked to business. Meals with the teacher are included.


The varied social and cultural activity programme organised by the school perfectly complements the language courses on offer, enabling students to practise what they have learnt in the classroom and gain an understanding of Brazilian culture. On the programme there are outings to the theatre, to restaurants, to the beach but also the opportunity to attend national festivals and sporting events.

Every two weeks, the school organises excursions to cultural, historic, ecological and tourist sights such as Marechal Deodoro, S. Francisco river, Penedo, or the Murici Forest. Teachers accompany the students on all the excursions.

The school also helps students organise their own excursions to different areas in Brazil to visit places like the Amazon Rainforest, Chapada Diamantina, Olinda, Fozdo Iguaçu, among others.



Staying with a Brazilian host family enables you to discover everyday life and practise your Portuguese skills with your hosts.

The families all live within a reasonable distance from the school, allowing students to arrive easily by bus or on foot.

Accommodation will be in a clean and comfortable house, with a single room. Double rooms can be booked for two students travelling together.

Students will be given a key to the house and are free to come and go as they please, but must respect the family's routines and schedules. The accommodation includes half-board (breakfast and dinner).

On request, we can also arrange accommodation in an apartment or a hotel.

Dates & Prices 2016

Dates 2016

Sessions run from Sunday to Saturday. Individual and group programmes start every Monday.

Bank Holidays (the school is closed and classes are not made up or refunded): 01/01, 25/01, 08/02, 09/02, 10/02, 25/03, 21/04, 26/05, 07/09, 12/10, 02/11, 15/11

Programme prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Group lessons (São Paulo)
LengthIntensive (20L)Super-intensive (30L)
1 week$860$995
2 weeks$1,455$1,730
3 weeks$2,035$2,450
4 weeks$2,630$3,185
Additional week$585$725
Individual lessons (São Paulo)
LengthIntensive (20L)Executive (30L)Super-intensive (50L)
1 week$1,455$1,815$2,575
2 weeks$2,715$3,395$4,905
3 weeks$3,970$5,120$7,230
4 weeks$5,215$6,815$9,555
Additional week$1,235$1,615$2,325
Additional night$50
Airport transfer (per journey)$110

All options include: lessons and accommodation with host family, single room and half-board

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay, single room, half board
  • Course materials
  • Social and cultural activity programme
  • All administrative fees
  • In the Super-Intensive private course, lunch with the teacher is included.

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Brazil
  • Airport pick up
  • Visa fees, where applicable

Practical Info

Getting There

Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Saturday

  • Arrival airport for Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.