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You will live with a Brazilian host for the entire program. A homestay helps you immerse in the local culture and Portuguese language. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro will select your homestay host using a questionnaire you’ll complete before departure.


Homestays are a common living arrangement for Brazilian university students and young professionals. Your homestay will consist of a rented room in a Brazilian apartment in the Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon or Gavea neighborhoods in southern Rio de Janeiro. Sometimes a second student (usually another UC student) will live in the same homestay. As a boarder in the home, your host may not include you in their daily activities.


  • Private bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan negotiable

Live with

  • UC students
  • Local residents


Commute times are typically 15–30 minutes (each way) to campus by public transportation. Most students take the bus to class but some are close enough to walk or ride a bike.