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Aerial view of Christ, The Redeemer Monument on Corcovado Mountain overlooking the ocean on a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Program at a Glance

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Country Brazil
City Rio de Janeiro
Class Level Gr, Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In English, Portuguese
Language Prereq varies
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About The Program

Samba and bossa nova rhythms float through the energetic air of Rio de Janeiro. Near the city's southern foothills and beaches, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro offers students culturally relevant educational offerings in Latin American art, culture, and history, gender and race issues, Brazilian politics and culture, and Portuguese language studies. Learn alongside Brazilian and international students in the city best known for its boisterous Carnaval, and balneario beaches. Complement your studies with a university-organized internship or join a capoeira group to take part in an important part of Brazilian culture while engaging with the community.

Where you'll study

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, referred to as PUC-Rio, is a private, non-profit university. It is known for intimate class sizes, close interaction with professors and strong course offerings in the sciences. With its focus on scientific research, PUC-Rio has four academic centers with studies in social sciences, physical sciences, technological studies, health sciences, and the arts. The study center is right on campus, a convenient distance from classrooms, labs, cafeterias, libraries, the gym, and study areas. Enjoy the winding, tree-lined paths surrounded by lush vegetation on this walkable campus. You can expect to see wildlife from the adjacent tropical forest. An efficient bus service takes you from campus to various spots in the city. The campus is in Gávea, a popular residential neighborhood. The white sand and blue waves of Leblon beach are a short distance away.