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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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01/04/2015 - 06/28/2015 *
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10/01/2014
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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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Program Overview

Program Overview

Just like the U.S., Brazil is a melting pot of cultures – a nation of immigrants who infused society with a colorful multicultural and multiethnic tapestry with influences from native Brazilians, Portuguese, and Africans. You’ll study this tapestry, and become part of it yourself, on CIEE’s Liberal Arts program in Rio de Janeiro. A rigorous language program, engaging courses, homestays, and cultural activities bring you into the depths of this exciting metropolis and the gorgeous landscapes that lie beyond.

Study abroad in Rio de Janeiro and you'll:

  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful urban settings in the world and cultural epicenter of Latin America's largest, fastest-growing, and most dynamic economy
  • Learn Portuguese through language instruction specifically designed for international students at Brazil's top university
  • 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, and a vibrant urban campus life
  • Witness firsthand the legendary economic and cultural development that defines Brazil today
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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)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial 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

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

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 monthlong 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.

In addition to intensive Portuguese language training and specialized area studies electives, you'll enroll directly in courses in the business, humanities, arts, and social sciences departments at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

Homestay

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture than by living with a local family. In Rio you’ll have the choice of either an individual homestay or, if you’d prefer to live with another student, a group option, where you share a room with another student in a Brazilian family home.

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Excursions

Get to know Rio like a local during excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance. In years past, students have taken drum lessons in a favela, hiked in one of the last refuges for the Atlantic Rain Forest, and visited a preserved gold rush village, a World Heritage site. You might also go on guided tours of Rio’s national museums, attend a soccer match, and take part in Carnival activities. Each excursion and activity is chosen to provide you with an overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity of Rio and coastal Brazil.

Volunteering

Eleven million Brazilians live in shantytowns called favelas. You’ll help to improve these Brazilians’ lives, and experience firsthand the challenges Brazil faces during volunteering opportunities. You might teach art to kids, professional skills to women, or English to budding tourism professionals.

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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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Start Date
End Date
Costs
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
  • 2 semesters of Portuguese, or 4 semesters of Spanish or equivalent
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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 have 60 contact hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Semester Portuguese language courses have 60-90 contact hours and recommended credit of 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in the ILCP Portuguese as a Second Language course, a semester Portuguese as a Second Language course, and two direct enrollment courses taught in Portuguese.

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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 Winter Intensive Language and Culture 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 - Resident 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 and 2,500 graduate students. The forested campus is centrally located in the south zone of the city in the Gavea neighborhood, and has a student community area with restaurants, coffee shops, library, free wireless, access to sports facilities, and a major public bus stop.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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

  • 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.

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Upon arrival in Rio, you will partake in a two-day orientation session that will introduce you to Rio de Janeiro, 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, attending soccer matches, participating in Carnival activities, and taking advantage of Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture. Events and activities are chosen to provide you with an overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity of Rio and coastal Brazil, and complement the academic themes of each program.

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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 and coastal Brazil, and to complement the academic themes of each program.

Immersion

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 CIEE Liberal Arts study abroad program is based at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro campus. Each semester begins with a Pre-Term Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) lasting approximately one month. Following the ILCP, students should be equipped with the language skills needed for direct enrollment in regular PUC classes offered in Portuguese. Together with CIEE, the PUC International Programs office helps guide students to the courses on campus that best fit their interests, schedules, and language skills.

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 faculty with postgraduate degrees (M.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D.), most of whom are instructors at PUC or other top Brazilian universities. Portuguese language courses are attended by CIEE students and other international students. Electives in Portuguese will be attended by mostly Brazilian students but may include other international students.

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 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

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 Intensive Pre-Term Portuguese Language Courses

The 90-hour pre-term intensive Portuguese as a Second Language 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 the course methodology encourages students 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
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
Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Portuguese as a Second Language Level V – Advanced II
Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Required PUC-Rio 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. The courses also prepare international students to attend regular university courses in all academic areas, including history, anthropology, literature, international relations, and engineering, among others.

There are five proficiency levels offered in the Portuguese as a Second Language program. 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 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: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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

PUC-Rio Elective Courses

The list of courses below includes courses recommended for international students by the PUC Office of International Studies. It is a sampling of direct enrollment courses and not a complete list of courses offered at PUC which are accessible to international students. The complete PUC-Rio course catalog can be found here. Courses generally consist of 60 contact hours each, with recommended credit of 4 semester / 6 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted.

ARTS

ART 1020 – Drawing I, Intermediate level
ART 1021 – Drawing II, Advanced level
ART 1026 – Technical Drawing
ART 1034 – Planning and Project Development: Product Design III
ART 1036 – Planning and Project Development: Graphic Design IV, Intermediate level
ART 1037 – Planning and Project Development: Product Design IV, Intermediate level
ART 1038 – Planning and Project Development: Graphic Design V, Advanced level
ART 1039 – Planning and Project Development: Product V, Advanced level
ART 1111 – Graphic Representation Laboratory I, Intermediate level in Graphic Production
ART 1112 – Graphic Representation Laboratory II, Advanced level in graphic production
ART 1114 – Graphic Representation Laboratory: Illustration Techniques
ART 1121 – Tri-dimensional Representation Laboratory I, Basic level
ART 1123 – Tri-dimensional Representation Laboratory III, Advanced level
ART 1210 – Visual Language Fundamentals I, Basic level
ART 1211 – Visual Language Fundamentals II, Intermediate level
ART 1310 – Introductory Electronic Representation Laboratory, Basic level
ART 1311 – Electronic Representation Laboratory: Photography, Intermediate level
ART 1312 – Electronic Representation Laboratory: Audio-visual
ART 1508 – Expression Laboratory: Electronic Imaging
ART 1320 – Introduction to Computer Graphics, Basic level
ART 1411 – History of Industrial Design
ART 1412 – History of Modern Art
ART 1416 – The Evolution of Fashion
ART 1611 – Proxemics
ART 1612 – Semiotics
ART 1821 – Graphic Analysis
ART 1824 – Ergonomics/Human Factors (4 credits)
ART 1822 – Theory and Technique of Materials (4 credits)
ART 1833 – TEA IV: Digital Photography (4 credits)
ART 1836 – TEA VII: History of Photography (4 credits)
ART 1838 – TEA IX: 2-D Animation (4 credits)
ART 1051 – Plastic (2 credits)
ART 1849 – TED X: Biochip (4 credits)
ART 1857 – TED XV: Wood/Bamboo (4 credits)
ART 1864 – TED XXII: Branding (4 credits)
ART 1872 – TED XXX: Type Design (4 credits)
ART 1873 – TED XXXI: Eco Design (2 credits)
DSG 1551 – Jewelry Design (4 credits)
DSG 1605 – Bionics (3 credits)

BUSINESS

ADM1252 – Cost Accounting (Pre-requisite: ADM1251 or ADM1008)
ADM1253 – Financial Mathematics
ADM1351 – Finance (Pre-requisite: ADM1252 and ADM1253)
ADM1363 – Brazilian Financial Institutions (Pre-requisite: ADM1351 and 90 credits)
ADM1451 – Principles Of Marketing (Pre-requisite: 60 credits)
ADM1461 – Consumer Behavior (Pre-requisite: ADM1451)
ADM1462 – Marketing Management (Pre-requisite: ADM1452)
ADM1651 – Human Resources Management (Pre-requisite: ADM1952)
ADM1951 – Principles of Management
ADM1991 – Small Business Management (Pre-requisite: ADM1952 and 90 credits)

ECONOMICS

ECO 1101 – Introduction to Economics I
ECO 1208 – International Economics
ECO 1220 – Brazilian Economic History
ECO 1410 – Brazilian Economics
ECO 1411 – Brazilian Economics (2 credits)

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

COM 1001 – Brazilian Culture
COM 1100 – Communications and Theatre
COM 1162 – Communications and Brazilian Literature
COM 1165 – History of Brazilian Cinema (2 credits)
COM 1241 – Introduction to Radio and Television
COM 1242 – Cinema: An Introduction (2 credits)
COM 1245 – Community Communications (2 credits)
COM 1557 – Documentary Film

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

GEO 1203 – Human Geography: Rural Space
GEO 1204 – Human Geography: Urbanization and Spatial Transformations
GEO 1304 – Geography of Brazil: Populate and Population
GEO 1305 – Geography of Brazil: The Brazilian Rural Space
GEO 1309 – Regional Geography of Brazil: Regionalization Theory
GEO 1406 – History of the Latin American Spatial Organization
GEO 1407 – Regional Geography: Contemporary World I
GEO 1604 – The Ecology of Tropical Forests (Pre-requisite: GEO 1603)
GEO 1605 – Ethical and Political Tenets of Ecology
HIS 1412 – History of Brazil II (2 credits)
HIS 1413 – History of Brazil III (2 credits)
HIS 1414 – History of Brazil IV
HIS 1511 – History of America I
HIS 1512 – History of America II (2 credits)
HIS 1513 – History of America III (2 credits)
HIS 1521 – History of America IV (2 credit)s
HIS 1604 – Social, Political, and Economic History of Brazil A
HIS 1605 – Social, Political, and Economic History of Brazil B
HIS 1606 – A General Approach to Social, Political, and Economic History A
HIS 1607 – A General Approach to Social, Political, and Economic History B

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IRI 1104 – Politics and Economics of the International Relations(3 credit)
IRI 1201 – Introduction to International Politics (3 credit)
IRI 1202 – The Formation of the Contemporary International System (3 credit)
IRI 1303 – International Relations of Latin America (2 credit)
IRI 1304 – The United States in the Contemporary International Politics (2 credi)t
IRI 1402 – Law and International Relations (2 credit)

MODERN LANGUAGES

LET 1006 – Discourse, Society, and Interaction
LET 1023 – Introduction to Brazilian Literature (2 credit)
LET 1024 – Brazilian Literature: Prose
LET 1025 – Brazilian Literature: Poetry
LET 1036 – Portuguese Literature: From Origins to Renaissance
LET 1037 – Portuguese Literature: Seventeenth Through Nineteenth Centuries (2 credit)
LET 1038 – Portuguese Literature: Twentieth Century (2 credit)
LET 1090 – Communication and Expression I (for Social Communication)

PSYCHOLOGY

PSI 1800 – The Genealogy of Psychological Dynamics
PSI 1870 – Social Psychology (6 credit)
PSI 1872 – Psychology and Culture

SOCIAL SERVICES

SER 1157 – Introduction to Social Work
SER 1188 – Community Development
SER 1207 – Social Work Research (Pre-requisite: SER 1164 or 60 hours)

SOCIOLOGY

SOC1109 – Brazilian Sociological Thought
SOC 1126 – Urban Social Movements
SOC 1130 – Social Movements
SOC 1157 – Sociology of Daily Life
SOC 1203 – Brazilian Political Institutions
SOC 1209 – Brazilian Political Thought
SOC 1223 – Political Parties and Elections in Brazil
SOC 1240 – Poverty, Public Institutions, and Political Competition in Brazil
SOC 1302 – Cultural Anthropology
SOC 1328 – Anthropology of Art

THEOLOGY

TEO1515
The History of the American Latin Church

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