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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Spring 2019 term will start in late February and end in early July

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: Some Recommended, NOT Required GPA: 3.0
Disciplines offered: Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), History (HIST), Marketing (MKTG), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Undergraduate, Visual Art (ARTV) Class Standing: Must have completed 60 units
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


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BRAZIL: Rio de Janiero 
Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Fall/Spring Exchange Semester Program 

Rio de Janeiro is an exciting city perfectly situated between a lush tropical forest and the Atlantic Ocean. Rio provides its residents and visitors alike a majestic realm of colors, sounds and smells. With an intense cultural life, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for those who want to immerse themselves into the South American reality: plays, shows, concerts, exhibitions, street performances, scientific conferences, cultural debates - everything happens in Rio. 


Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is one of the top five universities in Brazil and is recognized worldwide as one of the most important doctoral research centers in the country. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private non-profit Catholic University that was founded in 1940 with the objective of developing knowledge based on humanistic values. The university now has 20,000 students who come from a variety of religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

PUC-Rio is located in Gávea, a charming neighborhood near the forest and beaches of the Zona Sul area of Rio de Janeiro. Its campus is beautifully situated within a tropical forest, surrounded by lush trees and with a small stream running through it. Visitors and students can often see small monkeys and squirrels jumping among the trees. 

Some highlights of the campus at PUC-Rio are:

  • Complete infrastructure and natural beauty
  • Located in a pleasant and quiet neighborhood
  • Large libraries with access to over 500,000 titles
  • FREE Internet access provided (broadband and wireless)
  • Restaurants, cafeterias, bookstores and ATMs on campus
  • Community service projects with underprivileged population
  • A large number of city bus lines make it easy to get to campus
View a Campus Map.
The PUC-Rio campus also offers restaurants and service centers, including: Three restaurants with complete meals ranging between US $4.00 to US $10.00; coffee-shops; one pizza-parlor; a bookstore and an office supply store; three copy centers; three bank branches; a post office; a newsstand and several ATM machines. Close to the campus, students also have easy access to a great number of shops, banks, specialized bookstores, restaurants, a movie theater and a shopping mall. The beautiful Botanical Garden and Leblon beach are also only within walking distance from campus.

Study abroad students take courses in English at PUC-Rio and also have the opportunity to  learn Portuguese.  Content of the courses taught in English is  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 course.
  • To see a list of pre-approved courses at PUC-RIO, click HERENOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only. 
  • View the courses offered in English, click HERE.
  • Learn more about studying as an exchange student at PUC-Rio HERE.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 
Study abroad students live in homestays, where they have the best opportunity to experience the Brazilian way of life and to speak Portuguese every day. Each student has his/her own private room in a family´s home. Prices range from US $400 to US $500 per month with breakfast included. Students will have access to kitchen and laundry facilities. Most families live near the university, within 15 minutes from campus by city bus.
Sports on Campus
PUC-Rio has 3 sports areas where many sports are played, such as football (soccer), volleyball and capoeira. In addition, both international students and the regular students are allowed to swim at one of the most famous clubs in town, the Flamengo Football (soccer) Club which  is located within walking distance of campus. 

Social Life at PUC-Rio
Gatherings are organized specifically for international students in order to help them integrate into the university community. Study abroad students can also participate in other activities including the choir and other Brazilian cultural festivals.