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Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Fast Forward Institute

  • Fast Forward Institute is a Portuguese language school in the bustling financial city of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Sao Paulo is one of the biggest cities in the world, outranking its country's capital. Despite its size, it is easy to navigate as there is an excellent transport system with connections throughout the whole city. Fast Forward Institute is found in Cerqueira César, an upper class neighbourhood, with trees lining the streets. The location is close to shopping centres and ahs an excellent eatery selection. There is a well connected metro station, Oscar Friere, just under 10 minute walk from the school. This means students can explore all the city has to display after class such as the gigantic Ibirapuera Park with its museums and planetarium or the fabulous art museum Pinacoteca ...
    do Estado, just 19 minutes by metro.

    Fast Forward Institute really thrives in giving its student quality Portugese lessons. With nearly 30 years of experience with highly qualified, University graduate teachers, the school has produced its own material and methodology following the direct method. This means that Portuguese is all that you will hear within your class, in a fully immersive environment. Business is a prime reason to live in this financial city and Fast Forward Institute has a one-to-one business course of 30 lessons per week specifically designed for the student to learn business terminology in Portuguese. The programme includes lunch with your teacher so that you can get used to this environment when having business lunches. There is a volunteer programme of 4 weeks standard Portuguese lessons followed by a 4 week volunteer programme. The fields that students can volunteer in include Children's Cancer Homes, Hospitals, Youth Outreach Programs and Orphanages.
  • Fast Forward Institute is a Portuguese language school in the bustling financial city of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Sao Paulo is one of the biggest cities in the world, outranking its country's capital. Despite its size, it is easy to navigate as there is an excellent transport system with connections throughout the whole city. Fast Forward Institute is found in Cerqueira César, an upper class neighbourhood, with trees lining the streets. The location is close to shopping centres and ahs an excellent eatery selection. There is a well connected metro station, Oscar Friere, ...
    just under 10 minute walk from the school. This means students can explore all the city has to display after class such as the gigantic Ibirapuera Park with its museums and planetarium or the fabulous art museum Pinacoteca do Estado, just 19 minutes by metro.

    Fast Forward Institute really thrives in giving its student quality Portugese lessons. With nearly 30 years of experience with highly qualified, University graduate teachers, the school has produced its own material and methodology following the direct method. This means that Portuguese is all that you will hear within your class, in a fully immersive environment. Business is a prime reason to live in this financial city and Fast Forward Institute has a one-to-one business course of 30 lessons per week specifically designed for the student to learn business terminology in Portuguese. The programme includes lunch with your teacher so that you can get used to this environment when having business lunches. There is a volunteer programme of 4 weeks standard Portuguese lessons followed by a 4 week volunteer programme. The fields that students can volunteer in include Children's Cancer Homes, Hospitals, Youth Outreach Programs and Orphanages.
  • The language school Fast Forward Institute was founded in Sao Paulo".", Brazil in 1991".".
  • Address: Rua Artur de Azevedo, 281, 05404-01 - Sao Paulo, Brazil (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: Fast Intercambio Cultural LTDA
  • Tax registration ID: CNPJ06.787.880/0001-74

Accreditations and Quality seals

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Billiards

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

7

Number of public PC workstations:

9

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for blind students

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 8
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 8

Minimum age of students

  • 17 years

Portuguese teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree
  • 100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

15
5
4
5
5
10
15
17

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Aeroporto International de São Paulo (GRU).

São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport:
110 US$ pick up
220 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2021 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2021, 02 Apr. 2021, 21 Apr. 2021, 01 May 2021, 07 Sep. 2021, 12 Oct. 2021, 02 Nov. 2021, 15 Nov. 2021, 25 Dec. 2021.

Portuguese Courses

Lesson duration: 50 minutes

Reviews

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Organisation

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Facilities

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Social activities

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Value for money

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other
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Sao Paulo (students from all schools in Sao Paulo)
Overall city attractiveness

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Nightlife

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Geographic setting

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Public transport

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Climate

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Affordability

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Shopping

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Safety

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
What students liked about Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo
The atmosphere in school is great! I was feeling there really like at home. Teachers are perfect, with linguistic education, which lets you possibility to study portuguese language from inside. Moreover, they are always ready to be your friends, to advice stuffs about the language, city, trips around Brazil and just entertainment, which is really important for foreigners. I really enjoyed a lot staying there for a month. Would love to come back one day to continue studying with Fast Forward!
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
I had two fantastic teachers during my three-week stay. Bruna and Jacqueline were both extremely knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. They both knew that I love learning about colloquialisms and they were very willing to explain them to me in a very in-depth manner. The school is centrally located so that getting food or transportation is not a problem. It's also in a very safe neighborhood.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
3.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: If you don't like your accommodation, please do NOT hesitate to let the school know. There's no point in suffering with a crazy host mom/dad while you are paying them to take care of you. Do NOT try to buy a cell phone SIM card from a store, buy it from a newstand and activate it by yourself. Choose Vivo.
Other comments: I think it's definitely time to renovate the building and facility. The classes aren't cheap and the students deserve a better environment. The excursions could be better organized. Often times we were wandering aimlessly in the museum/park.
Quality of teachers is very high. Structure of the class have been made very well. Classes based on the language levels and instructors change every few weeks. They meet the needs of the students. The course material is excellent.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
1.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
3.0
Social activities
2.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0
Other
4.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: It is highly recommended for those who want to focus on improving language skills. However, it may be a bit boring for those who expect the sight seeing and activities. Sao Paulo is a safe place, but the prices are high.
Other comments: All teachers are kind and friendly. However, they don't seem to respect the punctuality very much due to characteristics of a nation.
The instructor, Natasha, had so much patience, yet was very challenging at the same time. Very knowledgeable and informative instructor. My learning experience was well worth the fee. I would do it again if I had the time.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Do take the time to explore Sao Paulo. It's an amazing city.
The course I had included us two students, which made the course very intensive. the teachers are very nice and helpful and good teachers. also it was great, that the school didn't allow the conversation of other languages.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
3.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
3.0
Social activities
2.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: look at the city! do more than the course offers considering traveling around the country, going out, to exhibitions etc. the teachers are very helpful with information!

Videos & Photos

  • Fast Forward Institute - Student Interviews1/13
  • Refreshments
    Refreshments2/13
  • Festive activity
    Festive activity3/13
  • Reception
    Reception4/13
  • Sao Paulo by night
    Sao Paulo by night5/13
  • Panoramic View
    Panoramic View6/13
  • Junior activities
    Junior activities7/13
  • Exploring the city
    Exploring the city8/13
  • Information kiosk
    Information kiosk9/13
  • Leisure time
    Leisure time10/13
  • Leisure games
    Leisure games11/13
  • Art and crafts
    Art and crafts12/13
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing13/13

    FAQ about Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo

  • Yes, they are. Our teachers have a University degree in Portuguese and in a second language. In addition, they are also trained by the school according to our methodology.
    Marcia Camisa Carmagnani, Director from Fast Forward Institute
  • 100% of teachers at Fast Forward Institute hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Fast Forward Institute comes from USA with a 17% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (15%) and Germany (15%).

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