Year Zero

Year Zero is the first year of studies in our Hosting Programme. During Year Zero students follow a variety of vocational studies that, upon completion, will lead to admission in the university of their choice. Year Zero will help students to realise their creative potential in a well resourced, stimulating and supportive environment. Students will also develop their practical and intellectual knowledge and explore, challenge and extend their academic scope to gain a sound understanding of what they want. Year Zero is the first stage of a bachelors degree – it is not a standalone course.

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Our full-time, professional advisors and teachers provide support for our students as they complete the Year Zero Study Programme and make the challenging transition to college life.


Our advisors are teachers, showing students how to make sense of complex curricular requirements and place them in a meaningful perspective.


A process of self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-definition is the heart of our first-year experience: we call this process discernment.


The ability to speak, listen, question and write with clarity and conciseness, in more than one language, are an essential part of any curriculum.

Study Programme


Since English is the language in which all courses are taught (to foreign students) at the university it is of paramount importance that everyone masters their speaking and writing skills.


It is important for the foreign student to learn the native language (Portuguese) in order to relate to people and better understand the country’s traditions.


European history is fundamental to the comprehension of western civilization and world history. To understand this persistent historical bond, one must understand the irreplaceable chapters of man’s development in Europe, and one must trace the parallel development of the rest of the world and its parent Civilization.


Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is not just knowledge but a sense of what knowledge is all about and an insight into the hidden presuppositions underlying the way we look at ourselves and the rest of the world. The wise person understands how things stand to one another in importance.


Basic research, engineering, finance, business, and government service are among the opportunities open to those with mathematical training. Mathematical analysis and computational modeling are important for solving some of the most pressing problems of our time – new energy resources, climate change, risk management, epidemiology, to name a few.


Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It deals with fundamentals, and helps us to see the connections between seemly disparate phenomena. And it provides the tools and instruments used in scientific, engineering and medical research and development.


Sociology involves the observation and explanation of human behavior in a wide variety of areas. It studies race relations, social stratification, the family, the community, ethnic minorities, sex roles, drugs, crime, population, leisure, sport, aging, mass media, developing nations, organizational structure, communication in small groups and in dyads.


To help students become accomplished writers, we have prepared several research papers based upon the Study Programme. The purpose of these classes is to help the student develop research skills, following academic structure, that will help them finish their bachelors degree.

Admission Deadline: September 15

Applying to study with us is easy and simple. Just send us an email and we will guide you through the all process. You don’t really need to make up your mind about what you want to study before you apply. We can help you with that later.