Semester Exchange

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.


Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*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.

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