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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
(PUC - Rio)
Rio de Janeiro, 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.
Courses taught in English - Please click on the link for course descriptions.
Arts and Design
Business and Administration
The Academic CalendarSemester 1: February 13 - July 3
Semester 2: August 1 - December 14
Gavea 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.
Housing and Meals
International students are placed in homestays, where they usually receive a private room. The homes are mostly near the university. Breakfast is eaten with the home stay family; additional meals may be purchased, and students can also dine on-campus and off. Click here to get to the housing page of the PUC-Rio website.
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.
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.
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