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Dates:
07/15/2014 - 12/14/2014
Deadlines:
03/15/2014
Credit:
18 - 20 semester / 27 - 30 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/04/2014 - 06/27/2014 *
Deadlines:
10/01/2013
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18 - 20 semester / 27 - 30 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/01/2014
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18 - 20 semester / 27 - 30 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Home to the world’s largest urban park, and situated on the environmentally fragile Guanabara Bay, there are few places better to examine critical environmental and sustainability issues than Rio.

Through rigorous coursework and complementary field experiences, you’ll enhance your knowledge of contemporary environmental and sustainability issues (social, economical, and environmental) from a local, national, and global perspective.

Study abroad in Rio and you will:

  • Live in a vibrant, culturally rich city and a global capital of environmental sustainability and sustainable development
  • Enroll directly in courses at one of Brazil’s most prestigious universities
  • Explore the city and country through a series of excursions and guided visits
  • Take advantage of engagement opportunities at environmental organizations such as CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), IBEA (Brazilian Institute for Engineering, Architecture, and Environmental Protection), SOS Mata Atlantica, Greenpeace, and more.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

With study abroad in Brazil, you’ll take advantage of a robust course selection at one of the country’s top universities. Courses and subjects at PUC-Rio include environmental law and ethics, conservation and sustainability, environmental risk analysis, geohistory, planning, land management, and more.

Excursions

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Rio and Brazil and may include visits to sites of historic and cultural importance to Rio and its environs. These activities, which vary each semester to take advantage of seasonal and current attractions, may include a tour of the city of Rio, guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attending soccer matches, participating in Carnaval activities, and taking advantage of Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture.

You'll also enjoy local field activities that could include monitoring inequality in state-provided water supply and sewage systems, or learning about the politics of squatter settlements on protected land. Field activities could also include expert-led day trips to areas of biological and sustainability interest in and around the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Community Engagement

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Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this program, and Rio de Janeiro has a rich culture of volunteerism and community service. As part of the program, CIEE staff will arrange individual and group community engagement activities with a variety of organizations and communities throughout the greater Rio area. These projects are designed to give you a firsthand look at the environmental and social challenges facing Rio and its surrounding areas. Through local contacts and our partnership with PUC-Rio, CIEE will establish a dynamic network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations. These relationships allow you to engage in group projects such as reforestation in Tijuca forest, installing solar panels in a favela, and trash mitigation/education efforts.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (22 wks)
03/15/2014
07/15/2014
12/14/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,598
Housing ***
$3,850
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,750
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$750
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,300
Other ***
$200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** local government registration

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Spring 2014 (25 wks)
10/01/2013
01/04/2014
06/27/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,598
Housing ***
$3,850
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,750
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$750
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,300
Other ***
$200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** local government registration

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
03/15/2014
07/15/2014
TBA
$35,800

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,698
Housing ***
$7,700
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$3,500
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$1,500
Books & Supplies
$400
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,600
Other ***
$200
Expenses during break ****
$1,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** local government registration

**** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break, which is approximately two months

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Calendar year 2014 (49 wks)
10/01/2013
01/04/2014
12/14/2014
$35,800

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,698
Housing ***
$7,700
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$3,500
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$1,500
Books & Supplies
$400
Visa Fees **
$270
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,600
Other ***
$200
Expenses during break ****
$600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** local government registration

**** calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters Portuguese or 4 semesters Spanish coursework or equivalent required
  • One prior course in environmental studies, sustainability studies, or environmental science required; two semesters recommended.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester program is 18-20 semester/27-30 quarter hours. PUC-Rio courses typically comprise 60 contact hours, and 4 semester / 6 quarter credit hours.

The Intensive Language and Culture course is 90 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours. The semester Portuguese Language courses are 90 contact hours at the Beginner / Intermediate levels (for 6 semester / 9 quarter hours) and 60 contact hours (4 semester / 6 quarter hours) at the Advanced level. Most regular university content courses are 60 contact hours and recommended credit is 4 semester / 6 quarter hours per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires all students to enroll in:

  • Six credits, Intensive Portuguese in the pre-semester ILCP
  • Four to six credits, Portuguese as a Second Language course during the semester
  • Eight credits, two direct enrollment courses (four credits each) instructed in Portuguese during the semester

Academic year students, and students continuing from one CIEE study abroad program in Brazil to another for the academic year, are not required to repeat the Intensive Language Session in January. However, many academic year students understand the importance of continuing their Portuguese studies during the semester break and may wish to participate in a more advanced ILCP course.

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About the City

About The City

Rio de Janeiro ("January River”) is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the Portuguese colonial era. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City" thanks to its dynamic urban vibe, expansive beaches, and abutting rain forest. Rio represents the second largest GDP in the country and is the headquarters of major Brazilian companies. It's home to many universities, and the second largest center of research and development in Brazil.

Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural setting, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and renowned beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio’s iconic landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first South American city to host the event, as well as the championship match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Fernanda Gray

Resident Coordinator

Fernanda was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. While studying International Relations, she went to the US as an exchange student and the experience changed her life. After 11 years of studying and working in Washington state she decided to return to her roots in Rio. As resident Coordinator, Fernanda administers homestays and helps to create and organize activities for CIEE students. She loves hiking, biking, going on long walks and spending time on the beach as well as visual arts and live music. For Fernanda, moving back to Rio was essential to enjoying her hobbies and an outdoor life style.

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Sean McIntyre

Resident Academic Coordinator

With a doctorate from Stanford University in German Studies, Dr. McIntyre subsequently taught freshman humanities at Stanford from 2003 to 2006 and Brazilian Portuguese from 2006 to 2007 as a Visiting Lecturer. Sean was also active as a Research Associate at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, from 2008 to 2013. Since 2006 Sean has taught Brazilian Portuguese and undergraduate general humanities courses at several colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2007 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study Brazilian literature at the University of São Paulo-Campinas (UNICAMP) and to develop a university-level Brazilian literature course. In 2011 Sean moved to Rio de Janeiro where he teaches Portuguese and continues to edit scholarly manuscripts and translate for museum exhibits and literary and theatrical productions.

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Matt Ryan

Resident Administrative Director

Matt began his work with CIEE in 2003, working with incoming high school and university programs. In April of 2008 he joined the CIEE Brazil team in Salvador-Bahia where he has worked on everything from community service programs, cultural activities, local enrollment and advising for CIEE students. He has been instrumental in the conception and creation of the Rio study center and programs. Before joining CIEE in 2003, Matt lived in Rio de Janeiro teaching English both as a volunteer and for a local school. He is originally from Rochester, New York and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Sociology.

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Adams Souza

Program Coordinator

Adams is a proud Carioca and recent graduate of International Studies at PUC-Rio. Adams will assist students in getting to know the ins and outs of student life at PUC and ESPM both on a social and academic level. Adams will be instrumental in creating community engagement opportunities and cultural activities for CIEE students. Adams loves cinema, theatre, playing volleyball on the beach and hiking.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private, non-profit Catholic university created in 1941. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities, ranked by the Brazilian Ministry of Education as the best private university in the country in 2009. PUC-Rio has approximately 12,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students, and 4,000 extension students. PUC-Rio is widely acclaimed for its excellent law, engineering, computer science, psychology, economics, business and international relations programs. The University is also known for bringing in the broadest types of students in order to foster and develop diversity amongst its student body. PUC-Rio has numerous bilateral relationships with U.S. universities however it does not presently work with any third party providers. The University is located on a former coffee farm in Gávea, a neighborhood located in the south zone of city at the edge of the Tijuca Forest.

The forested campus has a student community area with restaurants and coffee shops, banks, free wireless and a major public bus stop. PUC-Rio has three sports areas where many sports such as football (soccer), volleyball, and capoeira are played. In addition, both international and 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. Gatherings are organized specifically for international students in order to help them integrate into the university community. Students can also participate in other extracurricular and cultural activities.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students have the choice of two housing options, and breakfast is included with both.

  • Homestays—CIEE works with homestays in Rio. Students can access the CIEE Study Center and campus(es) via public transportation. Sharing in the life of a family through a homestay provides an excellent opportunity for interested students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action. It also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses and to practice their Portuguese language skills.
  • Group Homestays—the group homestay option is best for students who prefer to live with another student or a small group of students in a secure and friendly environment. Participants share rooms in homes along with a Brazilian family or overseen by a local Brazilian resident assistant. Students enjoy independence and student camaraderie in a convenient urban location.

Although every attempt is made to grant each student’s preference, roommate and housing assignments are based upon availability and other factors. Therefore, housing preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Housing is not provided between semesters. Calendar- and academic-year students who remain in Brazil during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time—approximately one month for the calendar-year program (July) and two months for the academic-year program (December to February). In all housing, CIEE requires a Portuguese language commitment at all times to encourage the development of language skills and facilitate student integration into and knowledge of Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian culture.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Once on-site, a three-day orientation session at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city of Rio, PUC, Brazilian culture, and your academic program. The orientation includes specially-designed sessions on health and safety, local transportation, living logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

Safety

study abroad in Brazil

The CIEE program orientation includes several sessions on local safety and security issues. Although violent crime is rare, you must take care when traveling around Rio. Rio is a major tourist destination with a significant population of poor residents. Even though safety and security are improving rapidly and noticeably in tandem with economic development and the spotlight on upcoming major international events, you must be aware of and prepared for safety issues. CIEE staff not only discusses security and safety concerns in depth before and during the program, but also prints safety information and holds learning activities in the field to review safety issues and behavioral advice.

Health

There are no major health concerns in Rio. Brazil has an adequate health care system and there are numerous quality clinics and hospitals available to you in Rio in the event of illness or emergency.

Transportation

The CIEE study abroad program orientation includes information on using public and private transportation (local buses, subway and taxis) safely and effectively. Local transportation can be used to safely travel around Rio and within Brazil.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Many host families have Internet access in their homes in some form but you need to be aware that this is not a guaranteed feature of homestays. You will have access to the Internet (wireless and broadband) in computer labs at PUC-Rio and at Internet cafés, often called LAN houses, throughout the city. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S.; however, Brazil enjoys an advanced telecommunications infrastructure and major cities typically provide for ubiquitous access.

Students with Disabilities

If you have special needs, you should consult with CIEE prior to applying to this program.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Rio and Brazil and may include visits to sites of historic and cultural importance to Rio and its environs. These activities, which vary each semester to take advantage of seasonal and current attractions, may include a tour of the city of Rio, guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attending soccer matches, participating in Carnaval activities, and taking advantage of Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture.

More specifically there will be local field activities that range from observing environmental issues with the communities and city of Rio de Janeiro, such as equality in the state provided water supply and sewage systems or the politics of squatter settlements on protected land. Field activities could also include expert-led day trips to areas of biological and sustainability interest in and around the city of Rio de Janeiro.

You will take a guided visit to the Ilhas Cagarras, an environmentally protected archipelago of islands 5 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The islands are home to many bird species and environmental threats from regional oil platform development and sewage release from the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. You will also make visits to one or more of the following environmental organizations: Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), Brazilian Institute for Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Protection (IBEA), SOS Mata Atlantica, Greenpeace, Defenders of the Environment, Brazilian Eco-Tourism Association. You will visit the headquarters of the Tijuca National Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, where you will visit expositions and learn about the history of the 4,000 acre forest in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, population 6.3 million.

In addition, there will be one overnight field trip each semester with destinations and activities depending on the semester, weather conditions, and relevant current events and opportunities. Each overnight trip will geared toward the overarching themes of the program. Potential overnight trips include a weekend educational retreat to the Atlantic Rainforest in the state of Minas Gerais, and a trip to the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest wetlands located in the state of Mata Grosso do Sul. A likely trip will take you on a three-day excursion to the Serra da Bocaina National Park located on the border of the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. As part of the excursion, you will learn about the significant biodiversity of this valuable but threatened stretch of Atlantic Rainforest as well as enjoy treks to majestic mountain tops and waterfalls.

The CIEE study center in Rio will host a series of lectures and films followed by discussions. The lectures and films are intended to not only introduce you to local and national issues related to sustainable development but also show the importance of Brazil in the global arena of sustainability. Events and activities are chosen to provide you with a good overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio and coastal Brazil, and to complement the academic themes of the program.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this program, and Rio de Janeiro has a rich culture of volunteerism and community service. As part of the program, CIEE staff will arrange individual and group community engagement activities with a variety of organizations and communities throughout the greater Rio area. The projects will be designed to give you a firsthand look at the environmental and social challenges facing Rio and its surrounding areas today. Through local contacts and its partnership with PUC-Rio, CIEE will establish a dynamic network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations in order to engage you in group projects such as reforestation in the Tijuca forest with the groups Amigos do Parque Nacional da Tijuca and Amigos do Parque Pedra Bonita, the installation of solar panels in a favela, and trash mitigation/education projects.

You will be given opportunities for community engagement by working with community centers in squatter neighborhoods that are situated on the fringe of the Tijuca National Park or the edge of the Guarabara Bay. This type of volunteer work will have the two fold benefit of 1) teaching underprivileged children about the cyclical processes of nature and importance of sustainability, and 2) helping students learn and understand communities that exemplify the global challenge of balancing population growth with fragile ecosystems.

Community engagement and service activities will be linked to the subject matter and learning goals of the study abroad program. There are a wide variety of important governmental, non-governmental, and community-based organizations focusing on economic, social, and environmental sustainability at the center of their respective missions. While these activities will be optional, they will be included in the program fee in order to foster higher levels of participation.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center office will be based on or near the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro campus. Prior to the full academic term, the semester program begins with an Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) lasting four weeks. The ILCP is also offered as a stand-alone program for study abroad students wanting to study intensive language for one month during the winter intersession and summer break. The ILCP includes intensive Portuguese classes according to students’ individual levels, homestays with local families, and cultural activities. These aspects of the pre-semester program are designed to provide students with the linguistic and cultural foundation for their semester or year in Brazil.

CIEE students will enroll in a 23-week extended academic term. Instruction for all classes is in Portuguese. CIEE students will study alongside local PUC students and should expect significant cross-cultural and academic exchange with host university students.

As a required component of the program, students will be placed in two intensive language classes according to their ability as determined by a placement exam at the outset of the program. One intensive course is offered prior to the start of the regular semester, and another during the regular semester. Courses are available for students at all language levels, however students are expected to arrive in Brazil with sufficient background in Spanish or Portuguese such that they will be able to enroll in their desired content courses following the month-long ILCP program.

Academic Culture

Brazilian universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; innovation, design, participation, memorization, and expositive lectures are part of the in-class academic culture. In many lecture and theoretical classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on note taking. It can take a while to learn how to study effectively in the Brazilian system, especially in terms of acquiring reading material and understanding professors’ expectations.

Nature of Classes

Courses are taught by local faculty with postgraduate degrees (M.Sc., M.A., and PhD), most of whom are instructors at PUC-Rio or other top Brazilian universities.

Grading System

Assessment for courses is typically based on a combination of written and oral assignments and a final paper or examination. The Brazilian grading scale goes from one to 10, with five being a passing grade and seven considered satisfactory in general. The CIEE Study Centers in Brazil convert grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a predetermined scale.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Portuguese at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that will contribute to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.

Writing Center and Tutorials

CIEE organizes tutorials for students to help them overcome linguistic barriers in reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking which may affect their progress.

Language of Instruction

Portuguese

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Intensive Language and Culture Program Courses

Upon arrival, study abroad students take a language placement exam to determine which language course they will take during the ILCP. The courses prepare international students to attend regular university courses in the academic and subject areas listed above, among others. Courses consist of 60 to 90 hours of instruction. Most students who speak Spanish with average fluency are expected to be able to attend regular courses at PUC-Rio after completing the ILCP.

The ILCP program will offer intensive Portuguese at the following levels:

Level I – BEGINNER Portuguese as a Second Language
Level II - INTERMEDIATE I Portuguese as a Second Language
Level III - INTERMEDIATE II Portuguese as a Second Language
Level IV - ADVANCED I Portuguese as a Second Language
Level V - ADVANCED II Portuguese as a Second Language

The ILCP’s pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Courses are offered twice a year prior to each semester. Students with lower proficiency can enroll in the CIEE Language and Culture program in which they are able to take coursework at PUC-Rio taught in English.

Required Semester Portuguese Language Courses

The Department of Letters at PUC-Rio offers regular and intensive language courses that develop students’ abilities to understand, speak, read, and write Portuguese in both formal and informal situations.

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 (six hours per week), corresponding to six academic credits. Level IV and V consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (four per week) corresponding to four academic credits. In order to place candidates according to their proficiency, students take a mandatory pre-program placement test which is available online. Candidates who test above Level V will be allowed to attend the university's regular undergraduate introductory Portuguese language courses.

The student-centered methodology is active, participatory, and prioritizes work in pairs and groups, as well as activities requiring students to solve tasks and navigate situations. Mistakes are part of the learning process and the course methodology encourages students to self-correct and correct their peers as a precursor to correction by the teacher. Classes will be based on a core text with supporting audio and visual materials. Courses included a mix of practical activities, lectures, auditory exercises, and reading and analysis of texts and professional documents.

The semester Portuguese language courses are offered by PUC-Rio at the following levels:

Level I – BEGINNER Portuguese as a Second Language
Level II - INTERMEDIATE I Portuguese as a Second Language
Level III - INTERMEDIATE II Portuguese as a Second Language
Level IV - ADVANCED I Portuguese as a Second Language
Level V - ADVANCED II Portuguese as a Second Language

PUC Courses

(taught in Portuguese; all 4 credits unless otherwise noted)

Students typically take two elective classes in courses related to the themes of the program. With the approval of their home institutions, students may take one class in other areas at PUC-Rio. The following list is a representative sampling of the courses available within the focal subject areas of the program:

Bioethics
Biogeography
Brazilian Agriculture
Brazilian Biomes
Brazilian Urban Space
Climatology
Conservation and Sustainability
Control of Air Pollution
Ecology of Tropical Forests
Elective History—Core Basics of Geography
Environmental Assessment
Environmental Chemistry I
Environmental Design (Monograph)
Environmental Ethic
Environmental Ethics
Environmental law
Environmental Legislation
Environmental Modeling
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Risk Analysis
Ethnobiology
Evaluation of Environmental Impacts and Accounting
Fundamentals of Geology
General Biology
General Ecology
General Human Geography
Geographical Thought
Geography of Rio de Janeiro
Geography of the Contemporary World I
Geohistory
GIS
Environmental and Sustainable Development
Health and Environment
Introduction to Biogeography
Planning and Land Management
Political Geography
Population Geography
Population Geography of Brazil
Professional Ethics for Biology
Public Policy and the Environment
Recovery of Degraded Areas
Sample Design for Ecological Studies
Socio-economic Development
Study Methods in Ecology
Urban Space

Co-curricular Programming

CIEE will organize and facilitate faculty led field trips, volunteer opportunities, and independent student travel to support student engagement in the program themes outside of the classroom and off campus. This will include visits to important local environmental sites such as the Tijuca National Park or the Atlantic Subtropical Rainforest, community engagement opportunities at environmental organizations such as Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), Brazilian Institute for Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Protection (IBEA), SOS Mata Atlantica, Greenpeace, Defenders of the Environment and Brazilian Eco-Tourism Association, and logistical assistance for students who want to pursue optional travel to the Brazilian Pantanal or Amazon Rainforest.

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