This January, explore the business world and experience life in Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America. Join CIEE in lively Rio de Janeiro for our January Business and Culture program. You’ll get an insider view of what it’s like to do business here through classes and meetings with professional and cultural organizations. And you’ll experience a world-famous city known for its natural beauty, celebrations, and beaches.
Study in Brazil and you will:
- Go on excursions that will give you an overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio and coastal Brazil
- Join faculty for visits to businesses and corporate headquarter offices
- Visit national museums and historical neighborhoods, attend soccer matches, and explore Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture
- Grow familiar with the fascinating socio-political landscape of Rio and Brazil by meeting community leaders, participating in community engagement activities such as teaching basketball in Rio´s favelas, learning to play soccer, or working in a community garden
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
With CIEE, you’ll also get the most out of your time in Rio. See iconic wonders like the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, and Ipanema Beach. Meet with local entrepreneurs and business people at companies such as Petrobas and Odebrecht. Take a percussion lesson in a favela, or observe a class at a samba school.
CIEE staff members arrange group community engagement activities with various organizations and communities throughout Greater Rio. You could help out at a small business, teach basketball to kids, or work in a community garden. Whatever you choose, you’ll get a firsthand look at the challenges facing Rio.
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.
- 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
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January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes one meal per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Potential travel to consulate for visa
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
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
All students enroll in the course, Doing Business in Brazil.
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 gross domestic product in the country and is the headquarters of major Brazilian companies. It is home to many universities, and is the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil.
The most visited city in the southern hemisphere, Rio 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. In 2016, Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics, and the city was also site for the championship match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
With a doctorate from Stanford University in German Studies, Sean McIntyre, Ph.D., 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.
Adams Souza is a proud Carioca and recent graduate of international studies at PUC-Rio. Adams assists 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.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center office is based in Copacabana.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students live in dormitory rooms in the Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse. The Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse is located in a large, old house on a safe, quiet street in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It is surrounded by restaurants, cafés, a large public park, public transportation (one block from subway station), and the internationally famous Copacabana beach. Large breakfasts are provided at the guesthouse. Lunches are provided by CIEE using prepaid meal cards that work at most restaurants and sandwich shops in the area. Dinners and additional meals are the responsibility of students. The Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse specializes in providing excellent service and advice for young travelers in Rio de Janeiro to maximize their experience. Participants have an opportunity to interact with other students and travelers from around the world in a beautiful setting, and live 10 minutes walking distance to the CIEE Study Center.
Students begin their study abroad experience by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Once on site, an additional two-day orientation session introduces students to the city of Rio, CIEE’s host institutions, Brazilian culture, and the program. The orientation includes sessions on health and safety, local transportation, logistics, and community engagement opportunities.
Students have access to the Internet at the CIEE Study Center, student hostel, and at Internet cafés (often called LAN houses) throughout the city. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States, but Brazil enjoys an advanced telecommunications infrastructure and major cities typically provide ready access.
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 most classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on taking notes. 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. All courses on this program are for CIEE students only.
Nature of Classes
Courses are taught by local and CIEE faculty with postgraduate degrees (master’s and doctorate) most of whom are instructors at PUC-Rio, ESPM, or other top Brazilian universities. Courses are for CIEE students only.
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 ten, with five being a passing grade and seven considered satisfactory. CIEE Study Centers in Brazil convert grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a predetermined scale.
Language of Instruction
Faculty are CIEE instructors or instructors from local universities.
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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Doing Business in Brazil
This course aims to provide insight into the political, economic, and social dimensions of doing business in Brazil and working in the Brazilian marketplace. The course involves presentations by business professionals and scholars, as well as visits to companies and public institutions that play a critical support role for local, national, and international business operations. Presentation topics include Brazilian business culture and social norms, legal considerations – especially as they relate to taxes, geography and demographics – and a special focus on growth areas, trends, and emerging markets.