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Life in Brazil

What you should know about Brazil and FDC

​​FDC has 3 campuses in Brazil: two in the state of Minas Gerais and one in the state of São Paulo.

In Minas Gerais, the campuses are located in the capital, the beautiful city of Belo Horizonte, and in Nova Lima, a charming city near the capital.


Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is a young city, with a population of over 2.5 million people and roots planted in the cities in the interior of Minas Gerais, where the first inhabitants of the new capital came from. This background makes “Beagá”, as it is affectionately known, the synthesis city of Minas Gerais culture and the greatest showcase of our traditions. But Belo Horizonte goes further: the cultural effervescence that the city is experiencing today is closely linked to the creativity and history of our gastronomy.

Belo Horizonte is a creative city, a center where arts, gastronomy, design, fashion, architecture, literature, scientific knowledge and technology meet and renew each other. 

The 3rd city in Brazil with the largest number of professionals working in creative activities.

• City nominated by the UN Population Crisis Committee as the metropolis with the best quality of life in Latin America.
• Know the city and the cultural spots and events at Instagram: @belohorizontemg 
• The Brazilian capital with the best rates of cultural consumption and frequency in cultural activities (Instituto Datafolha).
• The capital of the Brazilian state with the largest number of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO.

A true treasure for the history of Brazil and one of the main tourist centers of Minas Gerais, the historical cities were the stage of the Inconfidência Mineira and also have many mansions, buildings, churches and monuments, besides offering the best of the state’s cuisine.

The main and most famous of the historic cities: Historical Heritage of Humanity, Ouro Preto is the site of the largest Baroque ensemble of Brazilian architecture.

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Nova Lima

Nova Lima is an enchanting city. With its roots in the mountains of Minas Gerais and mineral extraction, Nova Lima was a city that for many years lived on gold production, especially during the 18th century. With more than 90,000 inhabitants, and very close to the capital of Minas Gerais, Nova Lima is the setting for tourist, gastronomic, brewery, sports and cultural attractions.

Despite being very close to the busy life of Belo Horizonte, Nova Lima is a bucolic city, of welcoming people and surrounded by beautiful mountains. It holds several references and influences of the Gold Cycle and the presence of English people, who have explored gold in the region for over 120 years. 

For those who like a good adventure, Nova Lima offers several organized options of trails, with drivers, passing through stretches of the Royal Road, sanctuaries, waterfalls, forests and riverside lands. A city with many attractions to explore.

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São Paulo

In São Paulo, the campus is also in the capital, the vibrant city of São Paulo.

This massive megalopolis of more than 20 million people makes São Paulo one of the largest cities by population in the world. São Paulo (also known as Sampa by its residents) is characterized by its trademark wide avenues and uniquely designed skyscrapers, which showcase its modern appearance. Whether you're interested in exploring museums and parks or discovering the culinary scene, this cosmopolitan city has something for everyone.

So what's the first thing to do? Take in São Paulo's stunning cityscape from the top of the Edifício Itália, which provides a breathtaking panoramic view of this bustling city. Nearby, you can browse the gourmet foods and grab a bite to eat at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Also in this neighborhood, the neo-Gothic Catedral da Sé de São Paulo may catch your eye with its enormous spires or the gorgeous Theatro Municipal de São Paulo might pique your interest with is detailed facade.

Next, make your way to Avenida Paulista for a stroll – it's one of the city's premier streets, fille​d with shops, hotels and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, home to collections from artists like Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso and Degas. When you tire of the concrete jungle, head to the Parque do Ibirapuera, which offers a relaxing escape from São Paulo's hectic streets and sky-high buildings.

Click here to know more the state and the city of São Paulo.

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