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Health & Safety
Health & Safety is our number-one priority. We empower our students to take responsibility for their own safety by providing them with specific guidelines at the orientation sessions. We recommend that every student register with the police in their area, and we help guide them through this simple process.
Staying healthy, well, and safe in Brazil is no different from taking care of yourself during travel abroad to any major city. With a bit of common sense, there should be nothing to worry about.
Business and nightlife areas in São Paulo are similar to their equivalents in other big cities like London or New York. Violent crime against tourists or foreign visitors is extremely rare. Brazil is politically stable with no political enemies or terrorist activities. The primary safety concerns are petty theft, pickpockets, and the like.
Non-violent robbery can occur in crowded places, so we recommend that students leave traveler’s checks, passports, airline tickets, and other important items in their hotel or apartment’s safe deposit box. All international visitors should carry some form of ID, such as a photocopy of their passport, with them at all times.
We find that new students may be concerned in particular about safety in São Paulo. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, with a population of about 11 million in the city proper, and nearly 20 million in its metropolitan region. It’s simply too large and diverse to be described by typical statistics. Although statistics show that crime has been decreasing in some areas in the 2000s, crime levels in other areas in the state of São Paulo remain high.
Generally speaking, the areas around the ESPM campus are safe. In Vila Mariana, for example, there’s plenty of action at all times of day. There are police stands on every block, and many banks each have their own security. We also provide security escorts to the Metro stations for students after dark, when desired. Other popular areas considered to be especially low on crime include Av.Paulista, Jardim Paulista, Pinheiros, Morumbi, and Itaim Bibi.
Students should ensure they’re covered by an international health plan in their country of origin and verify, before arriving in Brazil, how to activate their policy. Students should also be sure which types of coverage are offered in case of emergency. We also encourage students to learn, prior to coming, which hospital units in their city of choice are eligible for their insurance’s specific reimbursement policies. A copy of each student’s insurance policy will be required for completion of enrollment.
ESPM São Paulo offers on-campus medical care, available to students Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 23:00, and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 16:00.