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

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04/01/2015
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18 - 20 semester / 27 - 30 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/04/2015 - 06/28/2015 *
Deadlines:
10/01/2014
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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Deadlines:
10/01/2015
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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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07/15/2014 - 06/28/2015 *
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03/15/2014
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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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Program Overview

Program Overview

Learn Portuguese where the action is: Rio de Janeiro! The pulsing energy of this multicultural metropolis will be your background as you cruise to language fluency on CIEE’s Language and Culture program. First, we start you off with intensive language lessons with other international students and get you settled living with a Brazilian family. Then excursions, volunteer work, courses in Brazilian culture, and life in Brazil will tune you in to the flow that is unique to Brazil.

Study abroad in Rio de Janeiro and you'll:

  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful urban settings in the world and the cultural epicenter of Latin America’s largest, fastest-growing, and most dynamic economy
  • Take courses in English at Brazil’s top university, and Portuguese classes specifically designed for international students
  • Volunteer at local NGOs, schools, and other organizations as part of an integrated CIEE community engagement program
  • Immerse yourself in Brazilian academic and social life through homestays with local families
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Before you start the regular semester or year, you’ll participate in our month long Intensive Portuguese Language and Culture Program (ILCP). This unique language program – designed specifically for international students – combines with exciting cultural immersion activities to help you develop a higher level of Portuguese language fluency, and gain a critical appreciation of Brazilian life and society.

During the semester, you’ll continue your study of Portuguese while selecting from a variety of area studies courses taught in English on subjects such as Brazilian history, culture, foreign policy, literature, and management. Many students are also able to directly enroll in classes at the local host institution, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Excursions

You might go on a guided tour of Rio, hike through the largest urban forest in the world, or get percussion lessons. An overnight journey will take you to either Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century during an excursion to Ouro Preto, or to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil’s Afro-Caribbean northeast region. Local activities will include guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attendance at soccer matches, and time to take part in Carnival activities – immersing you in Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture.

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Excursions

You might go on a guided tour of Rio, hike through the largest urban forest in the world, or get percussion lessons. An overnight journey will take you to either Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century during an excursion to Ouro Preto, or to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil’s Afro-Caribbean northeast region. Local activities will include guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attendance at soccer matches, and time to take part in Carnival activities – immersing you in Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture.

Volunteering

You might teach English to adults in a favela, instruct local children in arts, music, or dance through local NGO, Atitude Social, or participate in neighborhood cleanups. CIEE finds all sorts of ways for you to engage with the local community.

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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.
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Fall 2014 (22 wks)
03/15/2014
07/15/2014
12/14/2014

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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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$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 **
$15,172
Housing ***
$3,265
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,550
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 (25 wks)
10/01/2014
01/04/2015
06/28/2015
$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 **
$15,172
Housing ***
$3,265
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,550
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 2016
10/01/2015
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 (50 wks)
03/15/2014
07/15/2014
06/28/2015

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

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 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
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 **
$28,857
Housing ***
$6,530
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,550
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 2015
10/01/2014
01/04/2015
TBA
$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 **
$28,857
Housing ***
$6,530
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,550
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
  • 1 semester of Portuguese or 2 semesters of Spanish
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester program is 18-20 semester/27-30 quarter hours. The Intensive Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language course includes 90 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours (6 credits). Elective direct enrollment courses taught in English have 60 contact hours each, with recommended credit of 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Semester Portuguese language courses have 60-90 contact hours with recommended credit of 4-6 semester/6-9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to enroll in the pre-term intensive Portuguese as a Second Language course, two direct enrollment courses taught in English, and a semester Portuguese as a Second Language course or additional direct enrollment course taught in English.

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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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Matt Ryan

Resident Administrative Director

Matt Ryan 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 da 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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Landing by airplane, visitors to Rio de Janeiro are immediately captivated by the city’s stunning landscape. Few places in the world can offer the dramatic natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro: golden beaches, stunning granite mountains, and green tropical forest all set together within a modern metropolis of almost eight million people. Its natural beauty is what has always attracted so many people to Rio de Janeiro, but it is the people, their inexhaustible joie de vivre, and their rich cultural history that inevitably stays with those who have had the pleasure of knowing the city. Rio de Janeiro is in the midst of adding another exciting chapter to its rich 500 year history by making monumental strides in confronting the complex social issues that developed in the city during the 20th century. The city is being a looked to by much of the developing world as a model for social and economical development.

CIEE`s Language and Culture study abroad program offers students an opportunity not only to study in a spectacular cultural and historic environment but also to study and learn Portuguese at one of Brazil’s most prestigious private universities, PUC Rio.. With the 2014 World Cup Finals and the 2016 Olympics steadily approaching, the Cariocas (people from Rio de Janeiro) are anxiously awaiting and preparing to show the rest of the world why their city has long earned its nickname as the Cidade Maravilhosa.

— Matt Ryan, Administrative Director

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Fernanda Gray

Resident Coordinator

Fernanda Gray 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, 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.

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Adams Souza

Program Coordinator

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.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private, nonprofit 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 Club, which is located within walking distance of campus. Gatherings are organized specifically for international students 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.

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  • Homestays—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. Students can access the CIEE Study Center and campus(es) via public transportation.
  • 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).

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rio even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Upon arrival in Rio, you will take part in a two-day orientation session that will introduce you to Rio, PUC, Brazilian culture, and the academic program. The first day of orientation will include specially-designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, community engagement opportunities, as well as activities designed to get to know the city. The following day, you will reconvene at PUC for the university’s international student orientation. You will learn about available courses, add-drop periods, meet other Brazilian students, and have the second part of your placement evaluation, an oral exam. Rest assured that after the orientation process you will be ready to begin classes and live in Rio.

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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 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 does enjoy an advanced telecommunications infrastructure and major cities typically provide for ubiquitous access.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities

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, attendance at soccer matches, time to take part in Carnival activities – immersing you in Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture.

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In addition, there is one overnight field trip each semester to either Salvador da Bahia in Brazil’s Afro-Caribbean northeast region, or to Ouro Prieto, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former mining town famed for its colonial architecture.

Cultural activities are chosen to provide you with a good overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio de Janeiro and coastal Brazil, and to complement the academic themes of each program.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this study abroad program, and Rio de Janeiro has a rich culture of volunteerism and community service. As part of the program, CIEE staff arranges group community engagement activities with various organizations and communities throughout the greater Rio area. The projects are designed to give you a firsthand look at the challenges facing Rio de Janeiro and its surrounding areas. Through local contacts and its partnership with PUC-Rio, CIEE has established a dynamic network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools and other organizations.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 2012, the Language and Culture program at the CIEE Study Center in Rio de Janeiro is based at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro where CIEE study abroad students enroll in one 18-week academic term. Each semester begins with a Pre-Term Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) lasting approximately one month. Instruction for all non-language classes is in English, with the exception of regular university courses that are only accessible for program participants with sufficient Portuguese language skills as determined by PUC-Rio and the CIEE Study Center staff. Some courses offered may have a limited number of local PUC students enrolled in order to build opportunities for cross-cultural and academic exchange between CIEE and host university students. It is anticipated that most students who successfully complete the ILCP program and a semester in the Language and Culture program will be able to continue on for a second semester of direct enrollment classes taught in Portuguese.

Academic Culture

Brazilian universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; innovation, design, participation, memorization, and expositive lectures are all part of the in-class academic culture. In most 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. While U.S. students are accustomed to a very structured system, professors in Brazil generally leave students on their own to determine the intensity of their work. This approach is geared towards the student who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter of the course. It is a more autonomous academic system. In some courses, the entire grade is based on a term paper or critical analysis of a particular article, with the expectation that the paper be based upon a fairly extensive reading from the bibliography. This relative freedom places a great deal of responsibility on the student.

Nature of Classes

Courses are taught by local PUC faculty with postgraduate degrees (M.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D.). Language classes are instructed entirely in Portuguese, while content courses are instructed in English. Classes are attended mainly by CIEE and other international students, but courses may include some Brazilian students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

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

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 Center in Brazil converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a predetermined scale.

Language of Instruction

English
Portuguese

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from PUC-Rio and/or CIEE resident staff.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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 Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese as a Second Language
The pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive courses are offered prior to each semester. 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 students are encouraged to self-correct and correct their peers as a precursor to correction by the teacher. Classes are 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 business documents. Level I – Beginner; Level II – Intermediate I; Level III – Intermediate II; Level IV – Advanced I; Level V – Advanced II. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Required PUC Rio 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 6 academic credits. Level IV and V consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (four per week) corresponding to 4 academic credits. In order to place candidates according to their proficiency, students take a mandatory pre-program placement test, which is available online.

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 students are encouraged to self-correct and correct their peers as a precursor to correction by the teacher. Classes are 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 business documents.

Portuguese as a Second Language Level I – Beginner
Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Portuguese as a Second Language Level II – Intermediate I
Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Portuguese as a Second Language Level III – Intermediate II
Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Portuguese as a Second Language Level IV - Advanced I
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Portuguese Language Level V – Advanced II
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

PUC Rio Elective Courses in English

ADM 9976

Introduction to Strategy in a Globalized World
Basic concepts and tools for strategic management from a global perspective. Assessing and ensuring strategic fit considering global opportunities and challenges. Shift in paradigm of multinational strategies from national differentiation to globalization. International alliances: focus on joint ventures. Cultural challenges. Balanced scorecards for firms with global strategies. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ART 9853

Ergonomics and Ergo Design in Brazil
Ergonomics in Brazil: development and research. Main approaches in Brazil used for ergonomic studies. The nature of ergodesign. Ergodesign in development of products, information systems, and human- computer interfaces. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ART 9830

Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Brazil
Discussion of the connections between ethics and aesthetics in the context of contemporary Brazilian culture and subjectivity. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

HIS 9827

Brazilian History
South America in the context of the Portuguese ultramarine empire. Black and Indian slavery. The Catholic Church: hierarchies and social identity in the colony. Political emancipation and the construction of the Imperial State. Nationality formation and social tensions. Crisis of slavery and the end of the monarchic regime. The historical experience of the Brazilian Republic. Authoritarianism and democracy. Inclusion and exclusion in the Brazilian society. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

IRI 9514

Regional Integration Process
The resurgence of regionalism in world politics. Typologies of regional integration. Theoretical perspectives on regionalism. Different processes of integration, ALALC, ALADI, Cartagena Agreement, CARICOM, CAFTA, Andean Community, Mercosul, NAFTA, FTAA, European Union, ASEAN. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

IRI 9602

Brazilian Foreign Policy I
This course explains how the main Brazilian foreign policy paradigms were formulated as well as discuss the role of economic development on the Brazilian foreign policy contents. The following issues are discussed: actors and perceptions of Brazilian foreign policy, Americanism and Pan-Americanism, Cold War and foreign policy, democracy and foreign policy, foreign policy of military regime and the Americanism, geopolitics and National Security Doctrine, globalism revival and consolidation, impact of economic development on Brazilian foreign policy, independent foreign policy and globalism, post-Cold War and Brazilian international insertion, and Republican regime and foreign policy. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LET 9419

Special Topics in Portuguese Language
Study and discussion of special topics related to the Portuguese language studies. Intercultural studies: parameters of analysis. Identification of aspects of the Brazilian culture and language interaction that may be relevant in multicultural/intercultural contexts. Practical work with Brazilian films, TV soap operas and sitcoms, song lyrics, press articles, publicity campaigns, and short stories. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LET 9734

Topics in Brazilian Literature
Broad survey of Brazilian literature, with emphasis on the question of Brazilian national identity. Examination of the shifting definition of “brasilidade” through the readings of outstanding Brazilian novels, short stories, poetry, and song lyrics. Film screenings based on Brazilian literary masterpieces are included. Conducted in English with readings in English or in Portuguese. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SOC 9174

Contemporary Brazilian Debates from a Sociological and Anthropological Perspective
This course aims to give an introduction to contemporary Brazilian anthropology and sociology. Beginning with central problems which influenced the constitution of these two disciplines, centering around the ideas of Gilberto Freyre and Sergio Buarque de Hollanda, we discuss modernity and Portuguese tradition; the historical role of the State and its relations with society; public life and private values; family and social solidarity; “racial democracy” and criticisms; and Brazilian modernism. The course highlights some specific contemporary subject discussions in both areas: violence and urban life, race and inequality, religion, cultural artistic manifestations, especially Tropicalism, Brazilian funk, and “manguebeat.” Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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