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Leonardo Costa Rezende

Leonardo Costa Rezende

The University of São Paulo (USP) is a Brazilian public institution, established in 1934, maintained by the State of São Paulo. This means that no student pays fees to study at the university, which is fully maintained by state taxes. In Brazilian system, free public education is the one that maintains the highest quality in teaching, research and extension, the tripod that supports the Brazilian public university system. That is why USP grows each year in international rankings and is always in first place not only in Brazil but throughout Latin America. The university has the best researchers in the country on its staff, which reflects on the quality of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


 The Clock Square

There are 249 undergraduate programs offered and the number of students enrolled is approximately 58,000. It also has 239 graduate programs, with around 28,000 students. Until early 2013, more than 100,000 doctoral theses and Master dissertations have been defended. In addition, the University also has a social responsibility obligation represented by the extension area. There are 993 different courses involving specialization, improvement, updating and diffusion, with over 29,000 students.

USP has the objective of developing a lively teaching, following the transformation of knowledge and keeping in constant dialogue with society in a productive integration of education, research and extension. There are 6,000 professors, 98% of them with doctorates and exclusive dedication, 16,800 administrative staff and an annually budget of about $ 2.5 billion for 2013.


USP Campus From Above

The USP campus in Ribeirão Preto is widely recognized for both its beautiful park-like setting and its academic excellence. Originally laid out in the 1950s as a health sciences campus (medical and nursing sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, dentistry), several academic specialties were gradually added, such as physics and mathematics, information technology, chemistry, biology, psychology and education. More recent foundations are a School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting, a Law School, a School of Physical Education, and an undergraduate program in Music. Thus, the Campus of Ribeirão Preto now is not only the second largest USP campus in terms of academic specialties, but also in scientific production.


USP Campus

So as to best receive visiting scientists and students from abroad, the Campus has an International Office that works integrated with the International Offices of each Faculty, and helps visitors in getting settled and to feel the hospitality of the Interior. Being an administrative, business and cultural center in the interior of São Paulo, the city is thriving with an active cultural and student life.

São Paulo is one of the 27 federal units of Brazil. The state is part of the southeast region, also composed of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. It borders the states of Minas Gerais to the north and northeast, Paraná state to the south, Rio de Janeiro east and Mato Grosso do Sul at west, it also borders the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Has 645 municipalities and its total area is 248 209.426 km ², where 4 971.0469 km ² are the urban perimeter. The capital of the state is the namesake city, Sao Paulo, South America's largest.

The state has more than 41 million inhabitants which represents about 22% of Brazilian population. It is the most populous state in Brazil and the third most populous political unit of South America. The state, like Brazil, has several ethnic groups being formed mainly by Italians and Portuguese, but with influence and presence of various other ethnic groups such as Native Americans, Africans, and other large migratory flows, as Arabs, Germans, Spaniards, Japanese and Chinese.


Estaiada Bridge

São Paulo has a very strong economy and is the state with the highest GDP, representing about 30% of the total wealth produced in Brazil; therefore earned the nickname "locomotive of Brazil." The state has a diversified economy: metalworking industries, textile, food, automobile, aviation, financial and services sectors, orange, coffee, ethanol and sugarcane. Another interesting economic factor is the good investment infrastructure presented in the state, with the Stock Exchange, Commodities and Futures Exchange of São Paulo, the second largest stock exchange in the world by market value.

It's not just the economy that deserves attention. The state has considerably good social indicators, being the 3rd best Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.833, the second highest GDP per capita US$ 13,346.42, the second lowest infant mortality rate, 14.5% born and the fourth lowest rate of illiteracy, 4%, between states of Brazil.


 Paulista Avenue

Much of its territory, 85%, is between 300 and 900 meters high, with most of the state territory formed by narrow coastal plains, which are limited by the Serra do Mar, and plains in the rest of the territory. The climate can be divided into four subtypes: the super humid tropical, highland tropical, hot and humid tropical and subtropical moist.


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Brazil is a Federative Republic, administratively and politically divided in 27 federative units (26 states and a federal district). The president, governors, mayors, senators, representatives and councilors are elected directly by mandatory vote every 4 years.

The country is located in South America and it is the fifth largest country in area with 8.514.876.599 km². The country is bordered by Atlantic Ocean through its entire coast. It is also the fifth country in population, with more than 190 million inhabitants. Majority of the population is concentrated in the coast.

Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world’s sixth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Brazil has a mixed economy with abundant natural resources.

The first big product of Brazilian Economy was the sugarcane production, during colony period, followed by the gold extraction in Minas Gerais state. After its independence, a new economic cycle has emerged, and coffee became the main product. This moment was very important for the development of the state of São Paulo, which is now the richest one in the country. Nowadays, Brazil is within the 20 world greatest exporters list.

Brazilian topography is diverse and includes mountains, plains, highlands, and scrublands. Much of the terrain lies between 200mt (660ft) and 800mt (2,600ft) in elevation. The main upland area occupies most of the southern half of the country. The country has also one of the greatest sweet groundwater reservoirs in the planet. The Guarani Aquifer, the biggest in the world, is partly located under Ribeirão Preto.

Brazilian climate comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. Brazil hosts different climatic subtypes: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, and subtropical.

The different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to temperate coniferous forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil. The country climate is predominantly tropical. The exception is South Country (including parts of São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul) with subtropical climate and reasonably defined seasons. Ribeirão Preto has a nice warm weather, with high temperatures (medium 26oC) all year, excepting some days during the winter.

Brazilians are descendant of native people, Portuguese colonists, Africans and from the diverse groups of immigrants that established in Brazil between 1820 and 1970. Most part of immigrants were Italians and Portuguese, but there was significant presence of Germans, Spanish, Japanese and Syrian-Lebanese. Racism is considered an imprescriptible and no-bail crime by the Brazilian Constitution.

Because of its continental dimensions, Brazil is a country with a rich cultural diversity that synthesizes the diverse ethnicities from Brazilian people. Because of that, there is no homogeneous Brazilian culture, but a mosaic of different cultural sources that together form Brazilian culture. As the Portuguese settled here, culture has a great influence of Portuguese culture. It’s exactly this Portuguese cultural inheritance that composes Brazilian unit: there are different ethnicities, however, everyone speaks the same language (Portuguese) and almost 90% of population is Christian, either Catholics or Protestants.

Portuguese is the official spoken language for all population. Brazil is the only country of Portuguese language in America, giving to it a distinct cultural identity in relation to the other countries from the continent. The language spoken in Brazil is very similar to the one spoken in the other parts of the world. Amazingly Portuguese is considered to be the most homogeneous occidental language spoken modernly. There are differences in some words and in pronunciation, but all speakers can understand themselves.

Ribeirão Preto (Portuguese for "black stream") is a city in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is nicknamed Brazilian California because of a combination of an economy based on agribusiness plus high technology, wealth and sunny weather all over the year. With more than 600,000 inhabitants, Ribeirão Preto is the eighth largest municipality in the state. With a total area of 652,2 square kilometers, its latitude is 21º 10' 42" South e 47º 48' 24" West; and it is 330 km far from the capital city and 708 km far from Brasília, the federal capital. The average altitude is 546,8 m. Ribeirão Preto is in the center of a urban agglomeration with more than one million inhabitants.


 Panoramic View of Ribeirão Preto


The city was founded in June 19th, 1856, by farmers who came from the southeast of Sao Paulo State to search good climate and soil for coffee growing. The city was laid by a stream called "Black Stream" and was named after it. Eventually the farmers' choice revealed very adequate and the fertile soil of the area allowed the highest crop productivity in Brazil.


 Dr. Luiz Carlos Raya Park


After the New York Stock Exchange crash in 1929, the economy of Ribeirão Preto, based only on exportation crops, collapsed, and the city had to adapt to a new situation. Since the city is relatively far from other major Brazilian urban centers, it found a new economic vocation in the services and commercial sector, which was developed to meet the local and regional demands.


Chopperia Pinguim

The second economic boom in the history of Ribeirão Preto occurred after the oil crisis in the 1970s. The increase in the oil price forced Brazil to look for alternative means of fueling and the solution found was the sugarcane ethanol program, or Pro-Álcool as it was called. The program led to the development of a technology which allows the use of ethanol either as automotive fuel or as a gasoline additive to improve performance and decrease polluting emissions. Due to the Pró-Álcool program, local farmers were encouraged by government subsidies to grow sugarcane. The high productivity of the land around Ribeirão Preto rapidly placed the region as the biggest ethanol and sugar producer of the world, being responsible for 30 percent of Brazil's sugarcane ethanol.


Night scenery of Ribeirão Preto


In an opposite direction to what had happened during the city's first economic boom, this time Ribeirão Preto farmers and entrepreneurs did not concentrate themselves exclusively on a single crop and diversified their investments making the city one of the most important agribusiness centers of Brazil. Besides sugar and ethanol, Ribeirão Preto's major products are orange juice, cotton, rice, meat, dairy products, textiles, machinery, steel, furniture, building materials, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and beer.


Theater D. Pedro II

The sugarcane boom brought a new age of prosperity for the city, which was called the "Brazilian California" during the 1980s and early 1990s, and this has increased the city's wealth and turned it into a sophisticated center of services for Brazil and South America.

Ribeirão Preto is a very warm city during the whole year. Generally between the months of May and September the temperature drops considerably in the mornings and at nights, but it is still warm during the afternoons. It is strongly important to remember that in these months, the air humidity is considerably very low and it rarely rains.


Methropolitan Cathedral Church of Ribeirão Preto


Hippie market fair at Praça das Bandeiras, Downtwon Ribeirão Preto.



The International Office FEA-RP is located at the University of São Paulo's campus in Ribeirão Preto.



School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto

International Office FEA-RP

Bandeirantes Avenue, 3900, Room 42 - Building B2

Monte Alegre, 14040-905 - Ribeirão Preto, SP - Brasil






Probably you will arrive in São Paulo, and Ribeirão Preto is a city located 300km away from there. The state capital has 2 main airports:

  • São Paulo / Guarulhos International Airport - Governador André Franco Montoro (IATA: GRU, ICAO: SBGR), popularly known as "Cumbica Airport", is the main and the busiest airport in Brazil, located in Guarulhos city, 25 km far from the city center of São Paulo. Since 2012 it was renamed as GRU Airport.
  • São Paulo-Congonhas Airport (IATA: CGH, ICAO: SBSP) is the second busiest airport in number of passengers and number of aircrafts in Brazil. It is located in Sao Paulo, Vila Congonhas district, about 11 km distant from the city center and 37 km from GRU Airport.


You have two options to come to Ribeirão Preto:


1) By Plane

From Guarulhos-Cumbica (GRU) and São Paulo-Congonhas (CGH), we have several flight options to Ribeirao Preto Airport (RAO). The prices can be a little bit higher because there are some airport taxes. Only pay attention at the time - you should reserve at least 2 hours between your arrival time and the departure so that you are able to make the immigration process calmly and you can also have time to look for the correct gate to come. If you need to wait for a long time, there are some good restaurants at the airport. Flight companies normally have options for English version:


If you decide to come by plane, be careful to buy the ticket from Guarulhos Airport (GRU) or São Paulo-Congonhas (CGH) because there is also Viracopos Airport, that is considered to be Sao Paulo but it is in Campinas city, that is 2 hours away from Sao Paulo. The trip from São Paulo to Ribeirão Preto by plane takes around 1 hour, leaving from São Paulo. If you arrive in other cities, for example: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte or Brasília, check if the airline's companies have direct flights to Ribeirão Preto, most of them have it.


2) By Coach

The Airport Bus Service is operated by the Consortium Internorte, offering transport by bus between GRU Airport to São Paulo/Congonhas Airport and the Tiete Coach Station (the only coach station you can take to come to Ribeirão Preto!), Barra Funda Coach Station, Itaim Bibi, Praça da Republica, and circuit of hotels of Avenida Paulista and Rua Augusta.


You can also take a taxi to the coach station, but it is going to be much more expensive. If you prefer to do that, be sure to take an official taxi from the airport. They are more trustable. Taxis in Sao Paulo can be harsh with foreigners. It is going to take you around the same time than the coach. Just be sure that you get to the Tietê Coach Station.


Once you get to the Tiete Coach station, look for the company called "Cometa" or "Rapido Ribeirão Preto).

You can buy the tickets from the internet or only check the available schedule (it is very frequent - around every 40 minutes) at www.viacaocometa.com.br


The trip from São Paulo to Ribeirão Preto takes around 4 hours, leaving from Tietê Coach Station.


To reach FEA-RP you can come by



  • Rented Car

The basic function of the departments is to teach subjects concerning undergraduate and graduate studies in which promoting university extension programs, organizing the professors’ and students’ work, improving research, and extending service to the community are involved.

The administration of the departments is conducted by a Council and the Head of the Department. It is the Council’s responsibility to propose and optionally modify the subject programs offered by the Department; to express an opinion about equivalency of the subjects attended in another School or outside USP for the purpose of exemption; and to ensure the regularity and quality of what is taught. In addition, it is up to the Council to distribute the teaching burdens, to extend services to the community, and to hire, re-allocate, give leaves, and fire professors.

The Head of Department is entitled to convene and preside over the Council’s meetings, and to represent the Department in the Faculty Senate and Faculty Leadership Team of the School. Furthermore, the Head must direct the activities of the teaching, technical, and administrative staff of the Department. At FEA-RP there are three departments today: Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics.

  • Undergraduate Students: 1329
    • Economics: 245
    • Business Administration (Daytime Classes): 210
    • Business Administration (Nighttime Classes): 241
    • Accounting: 212
    • Economics And Accounting: 321


  • Strict-Sensu Graduate Students: 202
    • Economics: 40
    • Business Administration: 109
    • Accounting: 53


  • Lato-Sensu Graduate (Specialization) Students: 451


  • Teaching Staff: 92


  • Technical Staff: 67



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