The Engenheiro Coelho Campus of Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo (UNASP) is located 110 miles from São Paulo capital city, the largest commercial center in Brazil and in Latin America, whose population is about 18 million people. Engenheiro Coelho Campus is 35 miles from Campinas city, the second largest city of São Paulo state. Campinas has a population of 1.4 million people and it's one of Brazil's largest commercial and cultural centers.
All students MUST HAVE a student visa to enter Brazil. The following documents are needed to apply for a visa. Valid and signed Passport; one Brazil Visa Application form: the Visa Application Form must be completed both pages and signed; photograph: you must provide one front face and full view recent (2'x2') photo US passport type (homemade digital photographs will not be accepted); proof of jurisdiction/residence: please send an understandable and visible copy of your Driver's License or any utility bill; proof of travel: a legible copy of your itinerary/reservation, electronic ticket or round-trip ticket. Please contact your closest Brazilian Consulate for more information. Please contact your closest Brazilian consulate (or check their website) for more information.
ACA students coming to the ACA Semester Program must inform the Engenheiro Coelho Campus (UNASP) beforehand about the day, hour and flight number in order for the school can provide a car to pick UP students up at the airport. Please e-mail or fax your Notice of Arrival to Ariadne Costa or Vanila Pontes. You can go to the ACA web page, click on Preparing to Travel, Arrival Form, and submit your arrival information directly to the international ACA program director. see page 6.
UNASP has three campuses and Engenheiro Coelho campus is the newest of them. It was founded in 1983 and is situated on 1,880 acres in a large rural area, adorned with beautiful flowers and tropical fruit trees.
Not far from Engenheiro Campus are tourist cities like Holambra, Serra Negra, Lindóia, and Águas de Lindóia which form the tourist complex also known as Water Circuit. The regular academic year begins in February and ends in December. This São Paulo state region has a temperate climate. The rainy period most frequently happens from October to March, and the temperature may vary from 15º to 35°C (60º a 95ºF), and from April to September it may vary from 7º to 25ºC (45º to 77ºF).
Engenheiro Coelho Campus offers studies at three different levels: elementary, secondary, and university studies (undergraduate and graduate) in totally separate buildings. In this Campus is located the Language Institute, with a modern Lab to improve learning. In addition to Language School, Engenheiro Coelho Campus offers undergraduate degree programs in Business Administration, Accounting, Social Science and Journalism, Marketing and Advertising, Law, Education, Artistic Education/qualification in Music, Language, Translation and Interpretation, Theology, master degree programs in Theology and Education, and doctoral program in Theology. There is a Music Conservatory (Arts School) for music learning (song and instruments), and plastic arts.
A large 95,000 volume library with reading rooms and study areas provides students services from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Photocopy machines and computers are available for student use. Computers are also available to students in the Computer Lab and the audiovisual department provides 1,500 CDs and about 4,000 titles for student use.
More than 1,200 students board in campus residence halls. Residence halls are only for secondary and undergraduate college students. Student residence halls have accommodation for four students in each dorm suite which has separate areas for sleeping and studying. Both dorms (male and female) have a spa and swimming pool, space for biriball and sauna. All these things are for the students' well-being. Each hall also has its own television set and other facilities. The cafeteria serves an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet which is amply augmented with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Students may easily reach the commercial centers of Campinas and São Paulo where they may buy products from Brazil and other countries very inexpensively.
The ACA group tours to Iguazu Falls, Pantanal Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Amazon Forest will provide plenty of opportunity for students to dialogue with their teachers about historical, geographical and other cultural information during the trips. In addition, numerous outings are planned each week in which language teachers will take students to places of interest around greater São Paulo. Each of these outings is designed to introduce students to Brazilian culture and life, and enhance their opportunities to learn the appropriate Portuguese language associated with the activities taking.
Except as otherwise announced, classes Monday to Friday are in the morning and early afternoon. The remainder of the day is available for study and recreation. In addition to organized tour outings, a variety of optional activities are planned some of which will require an expenditure of funds.
All students must participate in the cultural tours which are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Students' completion of these assignments and positive participation on the tours will affect their overall grade in courses for which they are enrolled.
There's weekly service for bed linens; labeled personal clothing has a one-week-turn-around time. Personal clothing may be done by hand or by using our pay washers and dryers located in the residence halls.
BENEFITS OF AN EXPERIENCE AT UNASP
1. Developing intercultural knowledge and understanding, especially when learning how to use and also how to appreciate the Portuguese language.
2. Opportunity to participate in spiritual activities, reflecting on religion and focusing on faith.
3. Participating in a total Brazilian Immersion and cultural experiences, doing projects and