FAQ

Exosphere Academy attracts people from all different stages in life. There have been 16 year olds who wanted to learn new skills during their summers. We've had both current college students and those who skipped the traditional university experience. Then people in their 30s who were looking for a fresh start in a different field. We've even had students over 50 who realized it’s never too late to learn new skills and start making a change.

Bottom line, the Academy is for people who see and want more from life. The traditional script just doesn't work for us.
Each day starts at 8AM.

There is daily discussion, activity, or workshop to get you focused and in the right frame of mind. Course work starts at 9:30AM and goes until 2:30PM. You take lunch as a group sometime in there.

The core curriculum sessions are here to help with the human-centered side of things. These sessions will start at 3PM on scheduled days. When there are no core curriculum sessions, students are encouraged to use the office space to work on projects, share and discuss ideas, and host mini workshops.

There will be a wide mix of sessions including activities, theory, lectures, workshops, and discussions. The weekly schedule of the core sessions and each course will be posted every Sunday evening so that you will know what sessions are being taught in order for you to be able to plan ahead.

Saturday is for reflection, review, and catch up from the week activities. Sunday you are encouraged to unplug from electronic devices and do something relaxing, preferably outside.
It all started in 2012. Since then, Exosphere Academy has conducted 9 on-campus programs and just over 40 shorter workshops in cities all over the world. Learn more on the about page.
EA is all about getting outside your existing context and challenging yourself each day. Going to another country (or city for Brazilians) does exactly that. Almost everything is new--the people, place, culture, language, food, problems, etc. Being confronted daily by this new context automatically puts you into problem-solving mode. It trains you think creatively on how to overcome the barriers that arise from this new version of reality in which you are living for 8 weeks.

Another main reason to come to EA is that programs in the US are typically comprised of Americans and maybe a few other nationalities. At EA, don't be surprised if 15+ countries are represented by just one group.

Plus, have you seen the beaches of Florianópolis?
No one likes bureaucratic application processes, so we’ve made it pretty simple to sign up. You enter your information into the signup page. You will answer some questions, enter basic contact info, and choose the course. It won’t take more than a few minutes to complete.

You will then receive an email within 24 hours from a team member to talk about your desire to attend the next term.

There is only one thing that you and the team member must agree upon. And that is, considering your goals, ambitions, and what you want to learn, do you/we think that Exosphere Academy can help you achieve these things?

If both agree, then you are in! You would have a week to pay a non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. After payment, we invest in you and your future immediately--starting with building your customized learning plan and helping arrange logistics.
Courses work (class time) will be around 20-25 hours per week with core curriculum sessions ranging from 7-10 hours per week. Saturday is an open day for reflection, studying, and catching up on work. Sundays are encouraged to be for unplugging from electronics and resting.
No, currently we only offer on-campus courses. We have found that living and working together yields greater benefits and provides more opportunities to develop better projects and deeper relationships.
Depends what you call homework. Reading? Probably. Working with code snippets? Sure. Worksheets to waste your time? Absolutely not.

Don't expect a traditional school experience.
Since the range of subjects and experience levels of our students varies significantly, there is no simple answer to this. However, some of our previous students have been able to get jobs such as full stack developer at software startups or copywriter for a creative marketing agency, with many starting their own business or joining up with a co-founder for a new venture.

While building a better future, your options are only limited to your own imagination and the value you can create.

For a couple prominent examples, check out Book in a Box, co-founded by alumni Zach Obront and his partner Tucker Max, and Fort Galt, which was founded by a group of alumni while at the program in 2014.
Yes, but you have to decide no later than the start of week 2.
Of course, if at any time during your signup process you wish to speak with an alumni about their experience, just ask. We will be happy to introduce you.
If you convince us that you'll make good use of their time, we will be happy to introduce you to even the most prominent members of the Exosphere network.

Pricing Questions

The tuition is $2,950 USD with FREE housing.
The Exosphere Foundation allocates donations and charitable giving from supporters around the world into merit scholarships to help cover the tuition costs for remarkable or unique individuals. For those interested, there will be an additional interview to qualify for assistance.
After you signup, you have one to pay your deposit to hold your spot. You can also choose to make an installment plan.

We will send you payment instructions for one of the following accepted payment methods: credit card, Paypal, wire transfer, Bitcoin, and Ether. Brazilian residents can also pay with Sympla.

Logistical Questions

The program will be delivered in English. EA programs have a history of international diversity (from every continent and 47 unique countries represented) and the best way to bring together these different nationalities is to use English.
Housing accommodations are available five days before the program start date and up to 3 days after the program ends. There is some flexibility for special circumstances. It is recommended to arrive at least three days before the program start date.
Basically, it’s paradise. Low 90's (30C) in the summer, low 60's (14C) in the winter. Moderate amounts of rainfall and lots of sunshine.
The workspace is a very modern building within walking distance of the housing accommodations. It's open-planned and has a good number of desks to work from (plus a high speed internet connection).

All of the housing accommodations will have an equipped kitchen, living room, and internet.
The internet connection at the office/co-working space is fibre, so you'll have no troubles working from there. The internet connection at your house may be less fast, but it will certainly be sufficient for normal work.
The Exosphere Academy is located in Cidade Criativa Pedra Branca (Creative City of the White Stone). It is a 15 minute drive from Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil. It is a modern and safe city for foreigners.

Pedra Branca is a real estate development with the goal of creating a sustainable smart city. There is a university, coworking space, startup incubator and accelerator, gym, restaurants, bar, apartments, cafes, and office space all within walking distance of each other.

Florianópolis is located on Santa Catarina island. It was rated the best place to live in Brazil, with the highest quality of life. Florianópolis is the Brazilian city that has most increased in wealth over the last three decades. Its GNP per capita increased, on average, 6% per year and is currently at US$ 10 thousand – almost twice the Brazilian average.

To learn more about Cidade Criative Pedra Branca, click here. To learn more about the state of Santa Catarina and the quality of life, click here.
The power network in Brazil can be 220-240V (sometimes it’s 127) and the newer construction uses the staggered three prong. So you may need a transformer if you have US/Canadian devices and an adaptor if your fittings are different.

Otherwise there will either be washing facilities in the house you're staying in, or nearby. And there are plenty of banks/ATMs, pharmacies, and supermarkets relatively close as well.

Personal Questions

The program’s tuition covers the program content, housing (a shared apartment with other participants). For personal expenses we recommend around $250-300 USD per month for food.

This number varies according to what lifestyle you want to have during the 8 weeks. Because of the dynamics of the program and living with other participants generates a strong sense of community, participants usually share a lot of meals together, visit local markets, and save money. Having meals with other people is also a big part of the engagement and relationship building that is important at EA.
That depends on your plans for after the program and the options available to you in your current situation. This is an immersive full-time program.

Any doubts, feel free to reach out to us to talk about it - info@exosphe.re
Matt Kennedy, Program Director at Exosphere Academy, would love to answer that question. Send him an email at matt@exosphe.re