Loyola University New Orleans
|Minimum Required GPA:||3.0||Minimum Class Standing:||3 Junior|
|Language Requirement:||2 semesters or equivalent of Portuguese or, 4 semesters or equivalent of Spanish||Housing Options:||Host Families|
|Type of Program:||Enrollment at a University Abroad|
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
(PUC - Rio)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Study Portuguese at the Jesuit university in Rio de Janeiro
- Take classes in English or Portuguese
- Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Brazil
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a Jesuit university located in Rio de Janeiro. With approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate 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. It is world-renowned as the most important doctoral research center in Brazil. PUC-Rio was the first private, Catholic higher-education institution in Brazil. Students are from a myriad of different religious, racial, and economic backgrounds.
PUC-RIO is located near the forest and the beach. Its beautiful campus has a stream running through it and small monkeys and squirrels can be seen jumping up in the trees.
This program is for students with advanced Spanish language skills or at least one year of Portuguese and that are interested in studying about Brazil. All students must take Portuguese language courses along with a combination of courses offered in English, or Portuguese, if students have adequate language skills.
Semester Portuguese language courses:
All students must enroll in Portuguese language courses. There are five proficiency levels offered in the Portuguese as a Second Language program. Level I, II and III consist of 90 hours of instruction per term (6 hours per week), corresponding to 6 academic credits. Level IV and V consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (4 per week) corresponding to 4 academic credits.
Note: People who speak Spanish with average fluency can communicate in Portuguese and are able to attend regular courses at PUC-RIO after taking an Intensive Pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course! It is strongly recommended that students consider going early to take this course.
Courses taught in English - Please click on the link for course descriptions.
Arts and Design
- Ergonomics and Ergo Design in Brazil
- Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Brazil
Business and Administration
- Introduction to Strategy in a Globalized World
- Brazilian History
- Contemporary Brazilian Debates from a Sociological and Anthropological Perspective
- Special Topics in Portuguese Language
- Topics in Brazilian Literature
- Regional Integration
- Brazilian Foreign Policy I
Academic Credit and Grading
PUC-Rio is on a ten point grading system. The PUC-Rio grading scale is as follows: 0 (minimum), 5 (minimum passing grade), 10 (maximum).
For example, the conversion scale between PUC and U.S. universities would be as follows:
Semester 1: February 13 - July 3
The Academic Calendar
Semester 2: August 1 - December 14
Gavea, where PUC Rio's main campus is located, is close to the forest and beaches of Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul area. It is beautifully situated within its own tropical forest, complete with lush trees and a small stream meandering through it.
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and famous for its spectacular landscapes, relaxed beaches, e.g. Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon, and its carnival celebrations. Rio extends along the Atlantic Ocean and posseses a warm tropical climate, and until 1960 it was the capital of Brazil.
In 2014, Rio hosted many games of the FIFA World Cup, including the final in the legendary Maracanã stadium. Additionally, as Rio gets ready to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, for the first time ever in South America, the city experiences major updates to its urban landscape and a wave of civic acticvism. Students on exchange will be able to embrace the warmth of Brazil as the Games approach.
Housing and Meals
The student's presence is mandatory during Orientation Week. If notified in advance, the International Programs Central Coordination Office can pick up students from the airport (on specificed dates). After their arrival, the International Students Coordinator will be in charge of helping the exchange students accommodate to their new surroundings.
PUC-Rio has three specific areas for athletic activities, with popular sports including soccer (futebol), volleyball, and capoeira. Parties and gatherings are held often for the international students to integrate them into the local culture. Additional ways for students to spend their time include joining the choir or taking part in Brazilian cultural festivals.
Visit the web page to see the kind of activities typically scheduled.
Visa - General Information (General Consulate of Brazil)
Student Visa ("VITEM IV")
Visa Application Information (ISEP)
For more information and to begin the application process for the semester or year-long exchange program, please make an appointment with an advisor in the Center for International Education.
Links to Learn More
PUC - Rio Home Page
Info for International students
Country Handbook Brazil (ISEP)
Educational System of Brazil
Travel Information (U.S. Department of State)
Rio Tourist and Event Information (Time Out)
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