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Dates:
07/15/2014 - 08/10/2014 *
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
6 semester / 9 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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07/15/2015 - 08/10/2015 *
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04/01/2015
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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Looking to develop a higher level of Portuguese language fluency, and a critical appreciation of Brazilian life and society in one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities on earth? Rio awaits.

Coupling a rigorous language program with exciting cultural immersion activities, study abroad in Brazil is an amazing opportunity for students looking for a short-term study abroad option.

Study abroad in Brazil and you will:

  • Enjoy the beautiful cultural epicenter of Latin America's largest and most dynamic country
  • Take an intensive language courses specifically designed for international students preparing to take semester courses in Portuguese
  • Immerse yourself in Brazilian academic and social life through homestays with local families, and studies on a vibrant urban university in downtown Rio de Janeiro
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

The student-centered methodology of the Portuguese as a Second Language program is active, participatory, and prioritizes work in pairs and groups as well as activities requiring you to solve tasks and navigate situations. Using a combination of practical activities, lectures, auditory exercises, and analysis of texts, you’ll significantly develop your Portuguese fluency.

Homestay

There are few better ways 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

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Rio and Brazil and may include visits to sites of historic and cultural importance to Rio and its environs. These activities, which vary each semester to take advantage of seasonal and current attractions, may include a tour of the city of Rio, guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums, tours of historical neighborhoods, attending soccer matches, participating in Carnaval activities, and taking advantage of Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture. 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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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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    Application Due
    Start Date
    End Date
    Costs
    Summer 2014 (4 wks)
    04/01/2014
    07/15/2014
    08/10/2014
    $4,850

    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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
    Participation Confirmation *
    $300
    Educational Costs **
    $3,448
    Housing ***
    $1,000
    Insurance
    $102

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

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

    * non-refundable

    ** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

    *** includes one meal per day

    Estimated Additional Costs

    Meals not included in program fee
    $400
    International Airfare *
    $1,250
    Local Transportation
    $200
    Books & Supplies
    $50
    Visa Fees
    $160
    Potential travel to consulate for visa
    $500
    Personal expenses
    $500

    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

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    Summer 2015 (4 wks)
    04/01/2015
    07/15/2015
    08/10/2015

    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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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 ILCP program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours and 90 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in Intensive Portuguese as a Second Language.

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About the City

About The City

Rio de Janeiro ("January River") is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, including six years as the capital of Portugal (1815-1821). Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural setting, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and its energetic population. Rio's iconic landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Maracanã soccer stadium.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Matt Ryan

Resident Administrative Director

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

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

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Sean McIntyre

Resident Academic Coordinator

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

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Adams Souza

Program Coordinator

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

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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Once the capital of Brazil and now the undisputed cultural capital, Rio de Janeiro is also home to four of the top fifteen ranked universities in the nation, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Education’s latest rankings. You will take courses innovatively designed by CIEE that will take place at ESPM´s modern state of the art facilities in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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

  • Homestays—CIEE works with homestays in Rio. Homestays are located in the South Zone of Rio and within very close proximity of public transportation. Homestays provide an excellent opportunity for interested students to deconstruct stereotypes, challenge themselves, be independent and observe real life in action. It also creates opportunities to practice their Portuguese language skills.
  • • Group Homestays—the group homestay option is best for students who prefer to live with another student or a small group of students in a secure and friendly environment. Participants share rooms in homes along with a Brazilian family or overseen by a local Brazilian resident assistant. Students enjoy independence and student camaraderie in a convenient urban location.

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

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. In addition, CIEE´s Portuguese Language staff will be arranging online placement interviews to assure appropriate and precise level placement.

Upon arrival in Rio, you will partake in a two-day orientation session that will introduce you to Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian culture, and the academic program. The first day of orientation will include specially-designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, as well as activities designed to get to know the city. Rest assured that after the orientation process you will be ready to begin classes and live in Rio de Janeiro.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Homestays will have internet access in their homes in some form. 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. Brazil enjoys an advanced telecommunications infrastructure and major cities typically provide for ubiquitous access.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 2012, the Intensive Language and Culture study abroad program is designed to prepare you for your studies at a Brazilian university. The program lasts approximately one month and includes 68 hours of intensive Portuguese language instruction offered at three different levels, with an additional option for Independent Study for students with very advanced or near-fluent Portuguese. The core academic content of the ILCP program is designed according to a highly dynamic and interactive communicative approach that also emphasizes cultural literacy, introducing students to exceptional artifacts of Brazilian culture. Intensive Portuguese courses are available for students at all language levels, and students are placed in an intensive language class according to their ability as determined by a 15- minute oral proficiency interview.

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. CIEE staff understand this and are prepared to help you get the most out of your academic experience.

Nature of Classes

Courses are taught by nationally accredited faculty with postgraduate degrees (M.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D.).

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Study abroad students take part in the CIEE community Language Committment 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

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Course Description

All Courses

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

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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

Required Portuguese Language Courses

The 68-hour, 4 credit (semester) Portuguese as a Second Language intensive course will be offered twice a year prior to each semester as part of the ILCP program. The program is a pre-requisite for students participating in subsequent semester programs in Rio de Janeiro, but may be taken as a stand-alone program. Most students with beginning Portuguese skills or average Spanish fluency are able to attend regular courses in Portuguese at PUC-Rio after taking the intensive pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language course. The core academic content of the ILCP program is designed according to a highly dynamic and interactive communicative approach that also emphasizes cultural literacy, introducing students to exceptional artifacts of Brazilian culture. The student-centered methodology is active, participatory, and requires 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 documents.

Level I – BEGINNER Portuguese as a Second Language
4 semester/6 quarter credits, 68 contact hours

Level II - INTERMEDIATE Portuguese as a Second Language
4 semester/6 quarter credits, 68 contact hours

Level III - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE Portuguese as a Second Language
4 semester/6 quarter credits, 68 contact hours

Level IV - ADVANCED Portuguese as a Second Language
4 semester/6 quarter credits, 90 hours

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