Student Life

Every year the Summer School attracts a dynamic, diverse group of participants from over 20 countries, eager to learn and to explore São Paulo


Over 1,000 acres of parkland and woods in the heart of the city provide an oasis of calm just minutes from the largest city in the southern hemisphere.

The IPSA-USP Summer School is based at the Faculty of Literature, Philosophy and Human Sciences, next to the modern Brasiliana library.

USP offers various cultural options for its students and also for the community. It maintains several museums and most of them have free entrance. More information about these and other leisure options in PRCEU (Pró- Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão Universitária) website.

Full access to the resources and software you need

While participating in the Summer School students have access to five fully-equipped computer laboratories, and free use of software for their course, including R, Stata, Qualtrics and NVivo.



All IPSA-USP Summer School courses, lectures and workshops will be taught in English without simultaneous translation.

Most of our participants do not need a visa, but it totally depends on your nationality and specific travel details – Brazil does require visas of some foreign nationals. Please check carefully with your local Brazilian embassy and you can find out more information online, for example from the IATA.

Students who successfully complete the coursework and satisfy attendance requirements will receive a course completion certificate.

You can only apply as an academic if you can provide written proof from your employer stating that you are employed in a teaching and/or research position on university letterhead. The Summer School may request proof of your status from your university. 

Learn with Friends from Around the World

Exchange ideas with students from Chile, France, Russia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Cuba, the United States, and the many regions of Brazil. Students tell us every year they learn the most from talking with their peers inside and outside of class so make the most of your time and explore São Paulo together!

Access to global cuisine and local ingredients

São Paulo is a culinary dream with fresh fruit from across the country and a unique mix of global cuisines. Try the best sushi outside of Japan for lunch and the best pizza outside of Italy for dinner. Or explore the city’s options from locally-sourced vegan to Brazilian steak to Peruvian cebiche!

where to stay

There are many comfortable and affordable accommodation options in São Paulo. We suggest looking for places in the nearby neighbourhoods of Pinheiros, Vila Madalena, Jardins, Consolação or Itaim-Bibi, which are within about 30 minutes public transport time to the USP campus.

A great option is AirBnB, which has a huge range of options.

Affordable hotels include the Ibis Styles Faria Lima, and there are various hostel options in Vila Madalena.

Easy public transport access to our Campus

The USP campus is situated close to the centre of the city, providing easy access to all the city’s sites and neighbourhoods. City buses run through the campus every few minutes, stopping directly outside our Summer School classrooms. The city’s metro system (yellow line 4) runs near to the campus gates. Car-sharing apps are cheap and ubiquitous.