CIALSão Paulo, named in honor of Saint Paul, is the capital of the state of São Paulo and Brazil's largest city with a city population of about 11 million. Its metropolitan region has almost 20 million inhabitants, which exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. It is the largest city in the western and southern hemisphere, and is ranked among the five-largest metropolitan areas on the planet.

Located in Southeastern Brazil, approximately halfway between Curitiba (Capital of Paraná State) and Rio de Janeiro, the city is on a plateau within the Serra do Mar that has an average elevation of around 799 metres above sea level. The Pico do Jaraguá Mountain, at 1,135 metres, is the highest point in the city.

This metropolis, also known as "Sampa" or "Cidade da Garoa" (city of drizzle), has unreliable weather with abundant rainfall. Its monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate is fairly mild all year round (average: 20°C). The summer season that runs from November to March has temperatures between 63-82 °F and winters are between 52-73 °F.

  On January 25, 1554, the Tibiriçá Chief and Jesuit missionaries Manuel da Nóbrega and José de Anchieta founded the village of São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga just 68 kilometres inland from São Vicente. The clergymen established a mission at the Colégio de São Paulo de Piratininga, aimed at converting the Tupi–Guarani indigenous Brazilians to the Catholic faith, to make it easier for the Portuguese crown to rule them. São Paulo officially became a city in 1711.

After the abolition of slavery in 1888, waves of immigrants from Portugal, Italy, Spain and other European countries emigrated to São Paulo in order to "bleach the race," as Luso-Brazilian authorities feared Brazil's black population would grow far more than other groups. These Europeans were granted lands as incentives to immigrate.
  CentreToday, São Paulo is Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city with a colorful and vibrant mix of many different cultures, religions and people. Brazil has a reasonably low cost-of-living for most foreign visitors. It is a richly diverse city with much to explore, with many of its own idiosyncrasies, the exquisite way of living of its inhabitants. Plus, it showcases an excellent quality of world-class restaurants and diverse regional and international cuisine available to all tastes. Local dishes are based on rice, beans, meat and salad.

This immense city has several districts that feature many important monuments, architectures, museums, parks and beautiful gardens. Walk around and discover some of the hidden joys of the city within the Bixiga (Italian District), Liberdade (Japanese District), Sé and Vale do Anhangabaú, República, Bom Retiro and Luz neighborhoods.
  CentreMost tourist sights are concentrated around the historical center, where 17th-century churches stand in the shadows of skyscrapers. Here you can find the Latin American Memorial, Museu de Arte Moderna (MASP), Praça da Sé, the Ibirapuera Park, The baroque Teatro Municipal, Niemeyer's Edifício Copan, the 16th-century Patio do Colégio, and the Paulista Avenue (São Paulo’s financial district).

São Paulo offers theatres, movie houses, shopping malls, entertainment areas, vibrant markets, a jovial nightlife and an intense cultural experience. Besides this there is also an incredible amount of nature around the city: like beaches an hour away, mountains, botanical gardens and national parks.

The city hosts many high profile events, like the Art Biennial, the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1, São Paulo Fashion Week, and the Indy 300.
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  Fast Forward Centre: The center is located in the upscale neighborhood of Jardins, just blocks away from Paulista Avenue, and São Paulo’s financial center. Close by, you will find lots of restaurants, neighborhood bars and nightclubs, as well as parks. Museums, cinemas, shopping malls, and all kinds of transportation are accessible from the school.

The facilities has 6 comfortable classrooms, a recreation room with access to TV/DVD player, computers with free internet access, wireless connection and a snack area.




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