To promote the exchange of academic, professional and cultural experiences between polytechnics and foreigners.
Who we are
The International Polytechnical Office (iPoli) is a non-profit institution that proposes to represent all interested parties in the polytechnic community to create an international, cultural and professional relationship network that contributes to the success of the international activities of the Polytechnic School of USP (Poli) and its engineers.
iPoli provides support to both foreign students who are on exchange programs in the Polytechnic School of USP and to the Brazilian students who are studying or aim to study abroad. For the Brazilian students, iPoli organizes talks with principals, teachers and students of foreign institutions that have agreements with the Polytechnic School and keeps up with and divulgates these institutions selection process for exchange programs.
Along with that, The Polytechnic International Office assists the foreign students at Poli by providing them information and welcoming part of them in the airport in their arrival. In addition, iPoli gives suggestions of good places to live. All of this is done in order to ease the foreigners adaptation to the new country up, showing, then, willingness to help whenever it is necessary and encouraging the exchange students to speak Portuguese from the first contact.
Founded in late 2006, iPoli was created by a group of students who had returned from their exchange program and had been very well received in the institutions they studied. Then, the association was formed aiming to welcome Poli exchange students as well as those students were received abroad.
At the end of 2007 iPoli had already received their first group of exchange students, and, with the support from
PECE and AEP, promoted the first Welcome Day. Besides that, the first website of the group was launched and the first Foreigner’s Guide was published with important information and recommendations to exchange students that come to Brazil. This guide is still the basis for many student initiatives at USP and around the world. In the same year, iPoli was news on USP online, UOL and on the State Government of São Paulo website.
Over the years, the guide was translated into English and into French, The Reception Week for exchange students was established, several lectures were organized by the group and iPoli influence between teachers and students of USP reached the point that many of the group presidents have lectured in lots of institutes of the University.
In 2013, by creating the most important event focused in internationalization of the University, SiPoli -International week of Poli -, which takes place annually in order to clarify and encourage students to aim international education, iPoli established itself as representative association of both the Polytechnic School and the Polytechnic students to the world.