Brazil (IFMSA Brazil) - Sao Paulo - USP
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São Paulo is a Brazilian municipality located in the southeastern part of the country. The metropolis is an alpha global city — as listed by the GaWC — and is the most populous city in Brazil, South America, the Southern Hemisphere, and the Americas. It is also the world's 9th largest city by population.

The Greater São Paulo ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in Brazil, the second in the Americas, the Southern Hemisphere, and the world's 10th biggest metropolis by population. The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil'smost populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment, and a strong international influence. The name of the city honors Saint Paul of Tarsus.

Having the largest economy by GDP in Latin America and Southern Hemisphere, the city is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Paulista Avenue is the economic core of São Paulo. The metropolis is also home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Edifício Itália,Banespa, North Tower and many others. The city has cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. It is home to monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Ibirapuera Park, Museum of Ipiranga, São Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language. The city holds events like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo Fashion Weekand the ATP Brasil Open. São Paulo hosts the world's largest gay pride parade. It is headquarters of the Brazilian televisionnetworks Record, Band and Gazeta.

São Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Italian, Arab and Japanese diasporas, with examples includingethnic neighborhoods of Bixiga,Mercado and Liberdade respectively. People from the city are known as paulistanos, whilepaulistas designates anyone from the state, including the paulistanos. The city's Latin motto, which it has shared with the battleship and the aircraft carrier named after it, is Non ducor, duco, which translates as "I am not led, I lead."The city, which is also colloquially known as Sampa or Terra da Garoa (Land of Drizzle), is known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, its architecture, gastronomy, severe traffic congestion and skyscrapers. According to a report from 2011, São Paulo was expected to have the third highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025, after London and Mexico City. São Paulo was one of the host cities of the 1950 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, the city hosted the IV Pan American Games and the São Paulo Indy 300.

The University of São Paulo counts with the biggest hospital complex in Latin America, Hospital das Clínicas da FMUSP. It is nationally known for its excellence patterns in assistance, teaching, and research, and has very well recognized residence programs in most medical areas. It is a hospital of tertiary care, to which patients from all over the country are referred - to as all the students and doctors of its programs get to have a very rich cultural experience, besides being in touch with some samples of what there is of most modern being practiced in Brazilian medicine.
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Boarding, for most students, is provided at the dorms of the University of São Paulo's resident doctors. Our incomings are placed in rooms for two, and the building's facilities include kitchen and laundry. Breakfast is served at the dorms, and lunch at the hospital's restaurant.
The lodging is usually on a student flat or at the university dorms. Near the hospital.

By Plane

Sao Paulo counts with two airports:

One for Internacional Flights: Guarulhos International Airport


One for Domestic Flights: Congonhas Aiport

Airport Information:

Guarulhos international airport: Rod. Hélio Smidt s/n, Ed. Interligação

Guarulhos - SP


Air Companies Websites:

TAM Airways

Gol Airways


By Bus

From the airport, there are a lot of buses that go to the center of the city. You can also take from anywhere a bus that goes to a subway station.

Here we travel by bus only from one Brazilian city to another. It's not common international travel by bus, especially because our country is too huge for that.

Bus Station Information:

Rodoviária Tietê - São Paulo (Tiete bus station)

Address: 1800 Cruzeiro do Sul Avenue - Santana

Phone: (11) 6221-7199 (horário comercial)

Information: (11) 3235-0322 (das 5h30 às 23h30)

Rodoviária Jabaquara - São Paulo (Jabaquara bus station)

Address: n/n Jequitiba Street

Phone: (11) 5012-2256 (from 1h to 5h30 am) / 3235-0322(from 6h to 23h30 pm)

Rodoviária Barra Funda - São Paulo (Barra Funda bus station)

Address: 664 Mário de Andrade Street

Phone: (11) 3666-4682 / 3235-0322 (das 6h às 23h30)


City Cabs

From the international airport to the university it can be something between R$100 and R$150,00.

From the bus station, it's about R$50,00.


Public Transport

Subway has first place. It's safety and not expensive.

Buses are very common as well.

IFMSA Brazil has very well recognized national social programs. Besides, our local exchange officers and the official contact person assigned to each incoming are always very committed to showing the city around on the weekends, besides planning to club and partying for nightime.

Go to the park

  • Ibirapuera Park. With 1.5 million square meters, this is the most frequented leisure area in São Paulo. It has paths for walking and jogging, bikeways, woods, lakes, sport courts and areas for relaxation that attract city residents of all ages. It receives up to 150 thousand visitors on weekends. There are other important attractions at Ibirapuera, such as the Modern Art Museum, the Biennial Art Exhibition building, the Oca art exhibition pavilion and the Japanese pavilion. It also has frequent free music presentations by national and international artists. Ibirapuera was inaugurated in 1954, during the celebrations for the city’s fourth centennial. Oscar Niemeyer, renowned Brazilian architect, designed several of the buildings. Watch joggers, dog-walkers and all kinds of street vendors, and sit down on a patch of grass and listen to the birds singing. One of the few places in São Paulo where you can do just that. If you feel like it you can even enjoy a Caipirinha from one of the cardbord-box bars you will find close to the entrances. Also buy the sweet and tasty coconut/nougat-sweets that are sold by many vendors in the park. Nearest Metro is "Vila Mariana" and then a short taxi ride, a bus or a 20 minutes walk down the Rua Sena Madureira. You also can walk for around 20 minutes through Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio Avenue, from "Brigadeiro" Station (Green Line), in Paulista Avenue. You also can take a bus from the station, until the park.
  • Parque do Carmo, has 1.5 million square meters, with 26% of the area covered by preserved rainforest. Unlikely the Ibirapuera Park, which is highly urbanized, this park has a low density of streets and builidings, and it's the best place on São Paulo to be closer to brazillian nature, with many species of native fauna and flora. The park also contains a garden with about 1,200 cherry trees (sakura), which motivates the Festival of Cherry Trees at august of every year, when it's possible to see the cherry blossoms. The festival is accompanied by typical japanese food and musical presentations. Note that this park is not safe to go at night, and solitary women should avoid deserted areas even at daylight.

Watch the city

Whether taking a tour by bus, walking in specific neighborhoods or admiring a great view of the city on top of Edifício Itália, São Paulo has many options for sightseeing and exploring. Stroll aroundVila Nova Conceiçao, one of the most expensive property areas in town. Drive along Pinheiros neighborhood which contains some of the most famous and popular night clubs in the city. The crossing from Av. Faria Lima and Av. Juscelino Kubitschek is a good place to start. Driving along the Faria Lima and surroundings, visitors will be rejoiced by a wide selection of bars and clubs.

Go to the Zoo

The Zoo. Tu-Su, 9AM-4:30PM. Always a good option to get to know a little bit more about the varied fauna of Sao Paulo. It is also a nice entertainment option for families with children in town. From Metro Jabaquara station, there is a shuttle bus that takes you straight there.

Ride on a theme park

  • Playcenter. One of the city's main amusement parks, offering dozens of rides, as well as shows, places to eat, stores, banks, parking, etc. Rua José Gomes Falcão, 20, Barra Funda Metrô Station (Red Line).


City Tours

  • Sao Paulo Historical City Tour is a panoramic tour for those keen to have an introduction to the history, culture, and the lifestyle of the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere. The city tour takes about 3 hours, during which the visitor will pass by places in Sao Paulo Old Centre and get familiar with highlights such as the Cathedral of Se, Patio do Colegio (short stop at the square, the site where the city was founded), Monastery of Sao Bento, the Banespa Building (Sao Paulo’s “Empire State Building”), Martinelli Building (the first skyscraper in South America), Viaduto do Chá (Tea Viaduct), the Municipal Theater, Sala Sao Paulo concert hall, Estaçao da Luz train station and the Municipal Market.
  • TurisMetrô ( offer a variety of city tours every weekend. The tours are mostly walking but with some use of the metro. There is no charge but you will need to take some money with you to buy metro tickets during the tour as necessary. Tours start at the TurisMetrô desk in Se metro station at 9am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays; you need to arrive half an hour earlier to sign up. The desk is inside the ticket barriers, so if you arrive by metro don't leave the station while looking for the desk or you'll have to pay for an extra ticket to get back in, and if you're already in the area you will have to pay for a ticket to gain access to the desk, although you will use it to make the first journey of the tour so it's not wasted. The guides speak English.


According to the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, São Paulo hosts 90,000 events a year, from meetings and conferences to sports and cultural events.

Biennial of São Paulo

The arts Biennial takes place every two years (even ended) in the Biennial Pavillon, inside the Ibirapuera Park. It is an art show that displays the works of both renown artists and fresh talents.


If you're in São Paulo during the annual Carnival, a national bank holiday between the end of February and March, you should definitely get tickets to parade in the Sambodromo, near Armenia and Tiete Metro stations (Avenida Olavo Fontoura, 1209, Santana. Tel. +55(11) 6226-0510). This is where the typical Carnival parade takes place, with dancers dressed up in costumes and musicians play samba songs on the top of fancy cars.

If you can afford it, get tickets closest to the "pista" (standing area, close to the parade itself). This will give you a premium view of the parade, and the possibility of comfortably sitting down on benches. Waiters pass to and fro selling chocolate, chips, beer, soft drinks and booze.

Another option is to visit one of the various samba school in town, where you can see the rehearsal concerts of musicians and dancers. You can even have the opportunity to join the parade at the time of Carnival holidays by acquiring the costume from a samba school and getting in touch with the people organising the event in one of the schools.

Gay Pride

Every year, during Corpus Christi holidays (usually between May and June), around 3 million people take part in the largest Gay Pride parade in the world. It takes place on a Sunday, and Avenida Paulista is the spot to head to. Floats bustling with eletronic music parade from MASP to República, while every type imaginable marches along. The drinks are plenty and the rave party feel keeps the paraders dancing way pass sunset.

  • No vaccination is required for São Paulo, unless you are planning to travel to central-western (Mato Grosso) or northern (Amazon) regions of Brazil afterwards, for which you should take a shot against yellow fever, and carry anti-malaria medication (quinine). If you're arriving from Peru, Colombia or Bolivia, the vaccination of yellow fever is required (i.e. you cannot leave these countries without your vaccination card if you're heading to Brazil). Some countries, such as Australia and South Africa, will require evidence of yellow fever vaccination before allowing you to enter their countries if you have been in any part of Brazil within the previous week. Check the requirements of any country you will travel to from Brazil.

Bring your own white coat and stethoscope. You have to respect Brazil's norm NR 32: do not use accessories, wear closed shoes and tie your hair.
Welcome to São Paulo!!