International Programs

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Unisinos Business School


The Summer School – Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a 2-week program designed for undergraduate students. The program is focused on strategy and entrepreneurship concepts and offers an action-based learning experience linked to social enterprises.

The program takes place at Unisinos University located in southern Brazil, and is available on request. Promoted by Unisinos Business School, all the activities are in English, and students receive a 4 (four) credits certificate.

Program Features

The program consists in lectures, visits to companies and an action-based learning experience which will challenge students to proactively work on solving problems in social enterprises.

Four main contents will be covered during the program:

• Social Entrepreneurship
• Social Innovation
• Strategy and Sustainability: Brazilian cases
• Brazilian culture

Winter School is held at our UNISINOS Campi: a green campus in São Leopoldo and new facilities in Porto Alegre, one of Brazil’s principal cities, and in Tecnosinos, one of the main Tech Parks in the country. By bringing together students from different parts of the world, this program will support you while exploring diverse backgrounds, establishing networks, making new friends and enjoying unique experiences in Brazil.

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Program Content

During the program, the following courses will be covered:

Entrepreneurship Methods and Practices

Lectures will present concepts and practices of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, including field visits. Methods will be discussed including the perspective of sustainability and social innovation for developing new solutions for two-and-a-half sector organizations’. The theories and case studies discussed will support the workshop activity where students will develop a sustainable solution to real organizations in the south of Brazil.

Strategy and Sustainability: Brazilian Cases

Lectures will include topics related to the Brazilian economy and the challenges the country has been facing as it works to grow sustainably. Government policies as well as business case studies will be addressed, with a special focus on new technologies, innovation and actions regarding corporate, social and environmental responsibility. The lectures will also focus on aspects related to cultural and institutional arrangements which support the economic transactions and play a pivotal role in the country’s business sector. Field visits to UNISINOS Tech Park, startups, IT companies and development in one of the most prosperous regions of the South of Brazil are included in the program.

Brazilian Culture

To be able to negotiate with another country, it is important to deeply understand its culture. The purpose of this course is to connect foreign students with the Brazilian way of life, related to its language, music, dance, sports and gastronomy. Experiencing classical samba, capoeira and churrasco (Brazilian famous barbecue) are activities included in the program.

Language Requirements

The program will focus on undergraduate students who have excellent academic achievement. English skills at B1 level of the Common European Framework or higher are required.


Students are encourage to stay at Bela Vista Service Residence. Located in a Porto Alegre prime area, this flat features a pool, gym and bistro service. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature free WiFi. Salgado Filho Airport is 8 km away. The rooms at the Bela Vista hotel are centrally heated and all feature a minibar, TV and kitchen with amenities. Private and guest bathrooms are also available. Bela Vista Service Residence serves a daily buffet breakfast.

You can see futher details at the flat website: belavistaserviceresidence.com.br.

Feel free to check other options, but keep in mind that it’s better to stay close do Unisinos Campus Porto Alegre located on Av. Nilo Peçanha, 1640.

Hotels nearby:

Novotel Três Figueiras
Holiday Inn
Swan Business Molinos
Swan Tower
ibis Moinhos de Ventos
Laghetto Viverone

Explore Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Globally famous for its Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue), Porto Alegre offers far more than culinary treats. A great sunset awaits you every evening at the Usina do Gasômetro, an old coal power plant turned in a cultural center with a cinema, theaters, exhibits and cultural events. The main museum, the Fundação Iberê Camargo, is a cultural institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the work of Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo and encouraging reflections on modern art through exhibits, classes, seminars and meetings. The Mercado Público is located in the heart of downtown Porto Alegre. It is a neoclassical building that opened in 1869. With over 100 shops and stores, there is great variety of options: restaurants with natural foods, fruit, fish stores, a famous ice cream parlor, and delicious coffee called Café do Mercado.

Those who enjoy outdoor activities will be happy to know that it is a very green city due to its many parks and trees. Parque da Redenção is the largest urban park in Porto Alegre. The park is full of people walking, talking and drinking chimarrão (known elsewhere as yerba mate), especially on sunny mornings. The main activities that take place in the park occur in the Araujo Viana Auditorium (concerts, performances and meetings). There is also a famous flea market called Brique da Redenção, which is open every Sunday starting at 9:00 am. There are dozens of stalls selling crafts, art, souvenirs, food and antiques, all along Avenida Jose Bonifacio. The city offers a variety of shopping centers, such as Iguatemi, Barra Shopping, Moinhos de Vento and Praia de Belas.

Porto Alegre is home to two World Champion football teams, Grêmio and Internacional. The national soccer championship, the Brasileirão, will be played throughout the year, and some games will be hosted in Porto Alegre. We offer the opportunity to visit both stadiums, and also watch one of the Brasileirão games, Internacional vs Flamengo. Southern Brazil is the homeland of Gaucho culture. It is a strong culture, which began in the mid-18th century. We invite all students to learn more about our culture during a dinner at the 35 CTG. A CTG (Center for Gaucho Traditions) is responsible for maintaining and spreading our traditions. At a CTG, you can enjoy Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue) during a traditional musical dance performance.

You can find more information about Porto Alegre at portoalegreguide.com.

Useful Information

It is a student's responsibility to obtain a visa. All students must apply for it at a Brazilian Consulate in their country’s jurisdiction.

Health Insurance
One of the documents requested to all foreign students for obtaining the visa is the health insurance. The health insurance must be obtained in the student’s home country before leaving. A copy of the student insurance will be requested on the welcoming day.