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Study Abroad at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term GPA Required: 3.00
Click here for a definition of this term Accommodations: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Language Proficiency: Advanced, Intermediate
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Instruction: Undergraduate
Program Description:





Study Abroad Advisor: Christian Speedling

Program Dates

Fall semester: July/August - mid-December
Spring semester: January/February - early-July

The early start dates correspond to the optional Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Language program.

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Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

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Location Description

Come to life in Rio de Janeiro, the "Marvelous City." It is an exciting place surrounded by a lush tropical forest, and conveniently located by the Atlantic Ocean. The distinct contrast between the modern and post-modern architecture, the green of the rain forest and the liveliness of the beach atmosphere in the background paint a unique scenery.

With a rich cultural life, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for those who wish to be immersed in the South American reality. It is an intriguing center for the arts, theatre, music, exhibitions, street performances, scientific conferences, and cultural debates. One can find just about anything in Rio de Janeiro!

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Host University

You will study at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro ( PUC-Rio). PUC-Rio was created in 1941 by the Society of Jesus in order to develop knowledge based on humanistic values. Now, with approximately 12,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students and 4,000 extension students, PUC-Rio is internationally recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil and one of the two best in Rio de Janeiro. PUC-Rio is widely known as a high level education center in Brazil, with emphasis in Law, Engineering, Psychology, Economics, Business and International Relations. The University is also known by its free cultural aspect, which always tried to bring the broadest types of students in order to foster and develop diversity amongst the students. PUC-Rio has been responsible for the formation and education of thousands of professionals, many of which have become influential and important characters of Brazilian society.

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Academic Program

All foreign students are required to study Portuguese. The department of letters and cultures offers language courses at five levels, from beginner to advanced. A mandatory Portuguese language test indicates the appropriate level for each student.

Regular semester courses, taught in Portuguese, are available in the following academic centers:PUC Rio Bldg

Center for Theology and Human Sciences
  • Departments of Arts (Industrial Design),Education, Letters (Portuguese, Modern Languages, Literature
  • Philosophy,Psychology and Theology

Center for Social Sciences

  • Departments of Administration (Business), Economy, Law, Social Communication, Geography & Environment, History, Social Work, Social Sciences

Center for Science and Technology

  • Department of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering


Courses in English & Portuguese as a Second Language

Students now have the opportunity to take courses in English at PUC-Rio and learn Portuguese!

The courses taught in English have content based on Brazilian and Latin American aspects, such as: culture, literature, business, design, civilization and history, among others. Along with the courses in English, students must attend Portuguese as a Second Language courses.

Applicants must follow the regular application process of the Center for International Programs (CIP) indicating the intention to attend classes in English.  Please contact the program Advisor if you intend to take courses in English.

Click the following link for more information regarding COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH AT PUC RIO.

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Language of Instruction

Classes are taught in Portuguese. Students without prior Portuguese language studies should complete an optional four week Intensive Portuguese Course at PUC-Rio prior to the start of the program. International students will have the opportunity to take courses in English at PUC-Rio and learn Portuguese.

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12-15 undergraduate credits may be earned per semester.

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Students with either two years of university level Spanish language study OR only one year of university level Portuguese language study are still eligible to participate in the program but are required to take the Pre-Intensive Portuguese for Foreigners Course prior to the start of the regular semester.

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Brazilian street
Family housing guarantees a true Brazilian experience. Most of the host families live near the University. For more information visit the PUC Rio Housing website.

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Internet is available at select locations throughout campus, as well as at internet cafes in the Rio area.

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Although no excursions are embedded into the Rio program, students are encouraged to take advantage of free time and weekends and explore the wonderful city of Rio.

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Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

Although there are no embedded internship opportunities at this time, please contact our office to see what other opportunities may be available.

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On-Site Support

Host families are meant to provide American students with emotional and cultural support while in Rio.  In addition, the staff of PUC Rio International Office will be on hand to answer students questions and tend to their concerns.

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Students will need to apply for a student visa V1, but only after they've applied to the host university.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.