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Dates:
07/15/2014 - 12/14/2014
Deadlines:
03/15/2014
Credit:
19 - 20 semester / 28 - 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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19 - 20 semester / 28 - 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:
19 - 20 semester / 28 - 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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TBA
Deadlines:
10/01/2015
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19 - 20 semester / 28 - 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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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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10/01/2014
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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Outside the U.S., Brazil is home to the biggest user bases for Facebook and YouTube. In 2013, “The Wall Street Journal” called this lively country “The Social Media Capital of the Universe.” What better place to study media, design, and social communications? CIEE’s program in Rio offers an in-depth dive into the transforming nature of contemporary media and design culture from national and global perspectives. Plus, you’ll improve your Portuguese skills and gain real-world work experience in the process.

Study abroad in Rio de Janeiro and you'll:

  • Increase the complexity, fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness of your oral Portuguese in private and public settings
  • Discuss the future of the information market in the face of the new tools and media available to both producers of content and general public
  • Manage the use of digital tools for the production of informative content
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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:

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

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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.

Then, you’ll have access to a full curriculum through direct enrollment at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM-Rio), one of the country’s most recognized universities in publicity, marketing, and audiovisual production. An extensive list of elective content courses is offered through ESPM’s Schools of Marketing, Journalism, Visual Communications, and Digital Media.

Excursions

CIEE gets you into local media companies, exhibitions, and cultural events. See what goes on behind the curtain of Projeto Jacarepaguá, O Globo’s center of television production and Latin America’s largest audiovisual production center. Then spend a weekend soaking up the 17th-century Baroque architecture that landed Ouro Preto on the World Heritage list.

Volunteering

Join in Rio’s rich culture of volunteerism and community service by volunteering. Spread the word about the positive work and missions of local NGOs. Visit vast low-income neighborhoods called favelas. Give kids a taste of the film industry with Taba-Cine, or keep youths active with Atitude Social. It’s all waiting.

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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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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 Portuguese or 4 semesters Spanish coursework or equivalent requried.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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

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

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires all students to enroll in:

  • 5 credits – Intensive Portuguese Language in the pre-semester ILCP
  • 4 credits – Portuguese as a Second Language course during the semester
  • 8-14 credits – two direct enrollment courses (2 or 4 credits each) instructed in Portuguese during the semester

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

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About the City

About The City

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

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

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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 Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) was founded in Sao Paulo in 1951 as a small private institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, and now boasts four campuses in Brazil. ESPM is recognized by the Ministry of Education and accredited internationally by the Executive MBA Council, and in Brazil by the National MBA Association (ANAMBA). The school offers undergraduate degree programs in business administration, social communication (marketing, advertising and public relations), design, journalism, and international relations.

The Rio de Janeiro campus is modern, centrally located in Rio’s financial “Centro” neighborhood, and easily accessible via public transportation including the Rio Metro. ESPM courses are designed for Brazilian students who are required to graduate with a highly internationalized business student profile. The Rio campus has a special emphasis on marketing, media and entertainment sectors.

ESPM courses often include substantial international course content. ESPM is active in research, publishing, international partnerships, and extension education. Numerous social responsibility initiatives are pursued through ESPM Social, a nonprofit institution founded in 2001 by students and professors of ESPM to encourage the application of knowledge acquired in class to support the social development of the country. Student projects support nonprofit organizations, social development projects, and small business development.

The CIEE Study Center is based in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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

Safety

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

Health

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

Transportation

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

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Internet

Internet

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

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Rio and Brazil and may include visits to sites of historic and cultural importance to Rio and its environs. These activities, which vary each semester to take advantage of seasonal and current attractions, may include a tour of the city of Rio, guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attending soccer matches, participating in Carnival activities, and taking advantage of Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture. The CIEE study center will host a series of lectures and films followed by discussions. The lectures and films will consist of local professionals in the production field and themes that will highlight Brazil’s different styles, contributions, and current media environment.

You will benefit from local field-based activities including faculty-led visits to local media companies, exhibitions and design events, and other cultural activities relevant to the focal themes of the study abroad program. You will take a day trip to visit Projeto Jacarepaguá, known as Projac, the main center of television production for the O Globo organization and Latin America’s largest audiovisual production center. Globo is the fourth-largest TV commercial network in the world. Its production center is outside the city at Projac. On the other end of the spectrum from Globo, you’ll visit Radio Tabajaras. Radio Tabajaras is the local radio station and community voice of the favelas Ladeira dos Tabajaras and Cabritos. Other site visits specific to this program will include visits to the Rio’s Oi Futuro Telecommunications Museum, which traces the adventure of human communication, and the Museum of Image and Sound, the first audiovisual museum in Brazil.

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In addition, there will be one overnight excursion each semester, either to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil’s third-largest city and capital of the culturally distinct northeast region and Afro-Brazilian heartland, or Sao Paulo, the largest city and economic capital of Brazil and the Americas. Events and activities are chosen to provide you with a good overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio and coastal Brazil, and to complement the academic theme of each program. The three-day excursion will allow you to experience very different types of metropolises and draw comparisons with Rio de Janeiro. CIEE`s organized activities will involve social communications professors from local universities. Media-related talks and site visits will enable you to develop new perspectives on how media practices differ in a racially, culturally, and historically distinct urban centers.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this program, and Rio de Janeiro has a rich culture of volunteerism and community service. As part of the program, CIEE staff will arrange individual and group community engagement activities with various organizations and communities throughout the greater Rio area. The projects will be designed to give you a firsthand look at the social challenges facing Rio and the surrounding area. Through local contacts and partnership, CIEE will establish a dynamic network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations. You may also arrange to volunteer additional hours after school and on weekends.

You will have an opportunity to partner with a local community center or non-governmental organization to design and carry out projects on NGO PR and visibility, oriented towards disseminating the positive message, work, and mission of the organization.

With placement assistance from CIEE, you will be expected to share your interest and knowledge in the media arts with local children and adolescents from the under-privileged neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. You will be able to teach basic design, desktop publishing, and communications strategies to individuals and groups through one on one coaching and group workshops at the CIEE Study Center to incentivize creative interest and develop skills in the communication arts among under-privileged local youth.

Community engagement and service activities will be linked to the subject matter and learning goals of the study abroad program (i.e. assisting local communities in documenting their culture, marketing social and community development causes and initiatives, and volunteer work on media and communications projects). While these activities will be optional, they will be included in the program fee in order to foster higher levels of participation.

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Academics

Academics

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

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

Through extensive available elective courses, students are afforded the opportunity to study diverse academic topics and practical skills within the media and communications fields in a university environment. Students completing the program will be able to demonstrate deeper knowledge, literacy, and skills in one or more of the subject areas offered in the program. Students will also develop their capacity for intercultural understanding and the capacity to communicate across cultures with a focus on communication tools and skills.

In Brazil, you’ll have access to a full curriculum through direct enrollment at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM-Rio), one of the country’s most recognized universities, in Publicity, Marketing and Audiovisual Production. An extensive list of elective content courses is offered through ESPM’s Schools of Marketing, Journalism, Visual Communications, and Digital Media.

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

Academic Culture

Brazilian universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; innovation, design, participation, memorization, and expositive lectures are all part of the in-class academic culture. In many lecture and theoretical classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on note taking. It can take a while to learn how to study effectively in the Brazilian system, especially in terms of acquiring reading material and understanding professors’ expectations. In this program, many study abroad students will take classes that embrace more group work and production projects that will be more collaborative and practical in nature.

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 ESPM or other top Brazilian universities.

Grading System

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

CIEE Community Language Commitment

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

Writing Center and Tutorials

CIEE organizes tutorials for students to help them overcome linguistic barriers in reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking.

Language of Instruction

Portuguese

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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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Required Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese as a Second Lanuage

Before arrival, students take two language placement exams (oral and written) to determine which language course they will take during the ILCP. The courses prepare international students to attend regular university courses. Courses consist of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 15 hours in the field . Most students who speak Spanish with average fluency or have at least two semesters of Portuguese are expected to be able to attend regular courses at ESPM-Rio after completing the ILCP. Level I – Beginner; Level II – Intermediate; Level III – Advanced Intermediate; Level IV – Advanced I. The ILCP’s Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language intensive courses are offered twice a year prior to each semester. Contact hours: 60.

Required Semester Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese as a Second Language

The Carioca Languages Institute offers semester courses that develop students’ abilities to understand, speak, read, and write Portuguese in both formal and informal situations.

Carioca Languages is the ideal language school to Learn Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our students learn how to converse in Brazilian Portuguese in a fast, effective, dynamic and fun way. Carioca Languages offers high quality learning materials that meet the needs of the student. Our teaching materials and workbooks were developed by Professor Viviane Moraes (M.A., Ph.D.) after years of experience in teaching Portuguese to students of all levels. There are four proficiency levels offered in the Portuguese as a Second Language program that consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (four per week) corresponding to four academic credits.

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 pre-cursor to correction by the teacher. Classes will be based on a core text with supporting audio and visual materials. Courses included a mix of practical activities, lectures, auditory exercises, and reading and analysis of texts and professional documents. The semester Portuguese language courses are offered by Carioca Languages at the following levels: Level 1 – Beginner; Level II – Intermediate I; Level III – Intermediate III; Level IV – Advanced. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / TBD quarter hours.

ESPM Rio Media, Design, and Social Communications Courses

Students typically take two elective classes in Media, Design, and/or Social Communications. Courses are taught in Portuguese; all 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

The following list is a representative sampling of the courses available within the focal subject areas of the program:

Advertising Film
Advertising Photography
Advertising Planning
Advertising Service
Advertising Writing
Aesthetics of Mass Communication
Art Direction
Audiovisual Communication
Brazilian Cinema
Cinematography
Communication and Brazilian Literature
Communication and Expression I (for Media)
Communication in Radio
Communication in Television
Communications Techniques I & II
Communications Theory I & II
Editing for Cinema
Editing for Print Journalism
Editing for TV Journalism
Experimental Design in Advertising
Experimental Design in Film
Experimental Design in Journalism
Film Direction
Film Production I & II
Film Project I
Film Theory and Criticism
Global Media
Graphic Communication
Graphical Planning
Introduction to Advertising & Marketing
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Journalism
Laboratory of Advertising
Laboratory of Radio journalism
Local Media
Market Research
Marketing I & II
Media
Photojournalism
Print Communications
Print Communications
Print Journalism
Printed Journalism Lab
Production Advertising on Radio
Project II Movie
Radiojournalism
Research Methodology in Communication
Story and Screenplay
Technical Reporting
TV Journalism Lab
TV News
World Cinema I & II
Writing for Print Journalism

Co-curricular Programming

Rio de Janeiro is considered Brazil´s media and cinema capital, and in addition to being home to major media organizations and outlets, and marketing and design businesses, the city plays host to a constant stream of events, shows, and exhibitions. CIEE will organize faculty-led field visits to communications and media organizations and companies, relevant cultural organizations, and other professional and cultural activities specifically aligned with the program’s theme. Additionally, CIEE will encourage and facilitate community engagement projects and opportunities relevant to this theme.

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