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Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Among the Top 20% most popular Portuguese schools in Brazil in the last 12 months
4.0/5

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Rooftop terrace

Fast Forward Institute

The language school Fast Forward Institute was founded in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1991. 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 school address is: Rua Artur de Azevedo, 281, 05404-01 - Sao Paulo, Brazil (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

NAFSAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalBelta

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 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 24 Feb. 2020 - 26 Feb. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 21 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 11 Jun. 2020, 09 Jul. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020, 15 Oct. 2020, 02 Nov. 2020, 20 Nov. 2020, 24 Dec. 2020 - 25 Dec. 2020, 31 Dec. 2020.

Portuguese Courses

General Language
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 650 618 1200 1140 1740 1653 2270 2157 2780 2641 3290 3126 3800 3610 4310 4095 4820 4579 5330 5064 6350 6033
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 510 485 900 855 1270 1207 1620 1539 1960 1862 2300 2185 2640 2508 2980 2831 3320 3154 3660 3477 4340 4123
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 15:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Price in US$ 1200 1140 2300 2185 3300 3135 4290 4076 5270 5007 6250 5938 7230 6869 8210 7800 9190 8731 10170 9662 12130 11524
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
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Price in US$ 2420 2299 4620 4389 6800 6460 8980 8531 11130 10574 13280 12616 15430 14659 17580 16701 19730 18744 21880 20786 26180 24871
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
10 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 18:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Work & Study
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Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3300 3218 -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Single room, Breakfast & 1 meal
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Business
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ 1600 1520 3060 2907 4510 4285 5950 5653 7350 6983 8750 8313 10150 9643 11550 10973 12950 12303 14350 13633 17150 16293
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 15:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 100.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 50 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 270 540 810 1080 1350 1620 1890 2160 2700 3240 270
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
45 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 17

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Basketball 
Cooking 
Dancing2 km
Football (soccer) 
Golf 
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking 
Music 
Swimming 
Table Tennis 
Tennis 
Volleyball 
Yoga 

Reviews

4.0/5.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

City

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other
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Students liked about Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo
The teachers are very good and friendly! The school is located in the center of the city.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
The third teacher was very good. We practiced listening, speaking, reading, presentations and grammar.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
1.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: School-sponsored activities in the afternoon, by the time the note is not held at all. When I went, so much.
Other comments: And friendly environment, recommended for those who want to learn Portuguese for a reasonable price. Sao Paulo is a very large cities, cars and more people, and not very quiet. If you do not like big cities, might want to try to consider how the school Maceio schools.
The flexibility of the programms duration. The teachers were always willing to help.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
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
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
2.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
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!
Nice teachers, very flexible and random, useful topics to discuss at the end of day (Eg. Brazilian culture).
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0

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    FAQ about Fast Forward Institute, Sao Paulo

  • Portuguese courses at Fast Forward Institute start at 403 US$ for Volunteer Program course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Fast Forward Institute
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (110 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Fast Forward Institute varies from 1 students (Private Intensive Course ) to 6 students (Super Intensive Course )
  • 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%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Fast Forward Institute offers courses from 17 years to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 23 for the rest of the year.
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