SENAC – Brazil

SENAC – Brazil

Institution: Centro Universitario Senac —

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil —


At Senac University Center you will find excellent conditions for an enriching university experience. The higher education program is broad and covers many areas as well. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in scientific research and university extension activities. All courses have interdisciplinary content and involve practical activities.

Projects and partnerships, national and international, provide the exchange of technology and real work experience. And the team of teachers who will live with you is a team that has academic degrees, recognized competence and experience in the market. There are three campi: Santo Amaro, in São Paulo, Águas de São Pedro and Campos do Jordao, in the countryside.

Santo Amaro Campus

Opened in 2004, it is one of the main references of higher education in the country. Ample spaces, trees, modern and horizontal buildings compose a favorable scenario for the immersion in the experience of knowledge. The facilities provide access for people with disabilities through ramps and elevators. The thematic laboratories, one of the bases of the educational project, cover specialties such as fashion design, modeling, Geoprocessing, cartography, chemical analysis, hospitality and many others, with the goal of providing experiences and the application of theoretical learning. The campus also has pedagogical environments for gastronomy, a centralized library which ranks among the largest in Brazil, a convention center and a sports center.

 Águas de São Pedro e Campos do Jordão

In these two cities, the Senac University Center campi work in conjunction with Senac’s Hotel-school –Grande Hotel São Pedro and Grande Hotel Campos do Jordão – which form the largest educational complex of tourism, hospitality and cuisine in Latin America. Senac University Center Students have the privilege of developing their learning in line with the most demanding market trends, in environments of technical excellence recognized with several awards.



Study Dates Application Deadline
February – June 2020 March 30, 2019
August – December 2020 September 30, 2019
February – June 2021 March 30, 2020
August – December 2021 September 30, 2020
February – June 2022 March 30, 2021
August – December 2022 September 30, 2021

Orientation: One week prior to start of class


Language Requirements:

Students must be fluent in Portuguese as all coursework will be taught in Portuguese.

Tuition & Academic Fees:

Students will pay their regular Niagara College Tuition. Students are not required to pay the tuition of SENAC. The only ‘additional’ academic expenses will be classroom materials such as textbooks.


SENAC does not offer on campus accommodation. SENAC has partnership with hostels in São Paulo city and their international department is able to assist exchange students with finding accomodation for the duration of their time in Brazil.

SENAC advises students to book at least two weeks in a hotel/hostel upon arrival in São Paulo. Once he/she gets in the city, it’s easier to find a place to stay that meets student’s  expectations.

Cost of Living:

Cost of living will increase or decrease depending on comfort, proximity to city center, meals, transportation and lifestyle however a general estimate would be R$2.000,00 (two tousand reals) per month, considering accomodation, transportation and meals. Students who have a strong interest in travelling to other South American countries, sightseeing and participating in paid tours may see this estimate increase significantly.

  • SENAC offers a paid Gym/Sports centre on campus. Students will receive a 50% discount on regular price.


A student visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days. To stay more than 90 days, you must obtain an extension from the Federal Police for a maximum stay of 180 days per period of 12 months.

To request a visa extension, you will have to:

  • request such an extension prior to the expiration of the authorized stay
  • provide your detailed (long-form) birth certificate

In order for your Canadian long form birth certificate to be accepted in Brazil, it must be presented to the Brazilian Embassy or one of its consulates prior to departure from Canada. Neither the Embassy of Canada nor its consulates in Brazil can authenticate a Canadian birth certificate outside of Canada.

For the most up to date visa information for Canadian Citizens please use the link below or speak with an immigration advisor.




*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.



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Payment Options

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.