Insper, founded in 1987, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to education and research in the fields of Business Administration, Economics, Law and Engineering. It's mission is to be a leading center and to explore the complementarity of these fields of knowledge. The university belongs to a select group of the world's top business schools that hold the "Triple Crown" of accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Students' daily life on campus goes beyond the classroom, with an array of extracurricular activities to support their learning and development.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Students planning to take courses in Portuguese are required to have taken PORT 210, SPAN 309, or equivalent prior to departure.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Insper offers courses taught in Portuguese and English.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Insper. At INSPER, a full course contains 80 hrs/lesson of classroom activities (exams/tutorials/office hours) which equates to a 3 credit course at Mason.
As such, students should enroll in 4 classes of 80 hours each (NOTE: There may be 40 hour classes available at INSPER, for which only 1.5 US credits would be transferred back to Mason).
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at INSPER is different from Mason. The first semester is our spring semester; the second semester is our fall semester.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Insper does not offer on campus housing. The International Relations Office at Insper provides information, contacts, and advising for students, assisting them in finding the best housing during their stay.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early/Mid March
Spring/Calendar Year: Early/Mid October
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Brazil's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.