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
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.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer 2016 (4 wks)
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.
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes one meal per day
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Potential travel to consulate for visa
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 1 semester of Portuguese or 2 semesters of Spanish
Total credit for the ILCP program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours and 90 contact hours.
Students are required to enroll in Intensive Portuguese as a Second Language.
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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
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.
With a doctorate from Stanford University in German Studies, Sean McIntyre, Ph.D., subsequently taught freshman humanities at Stanford from 2003 to 2006 and Brazilian Portuguese from 2006 to 2007 as a visiting lecturer. Sean was also active as a research associate at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, from 2008 to 2013. Since 2006 Sean has taught Brazilian Portuguese and undergraduate general humanities courses at several colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in 2007 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study Brazilian literature at the University of São Paulo-Campinas (UNICAMP) and to develop a university-level Brazilian literature course. In 2011 Sean moved to Rio de Janeiro where he teaches Portuguese and continues to edit scholarly manuscripts and translate for museum exhibits and literary and theatrical productions.
Adams Souza is a proud Carioca and recent graduate of international studies at PUC-Rio. Adams assists students in getting to know the ins and outs of student life at PUC and ESPM both on a social and academic level. Adams will be instrumental in creating community engagement opportunities and cultural activities for CIEE students. Adams loves cinema, theatre, playing volleyball on the beach, and hiking.
Camila Souza Reis
Native from São Paulo, Camila moved to Rio to accomplish her bachelor in International Relations at PUC-RIO. Seven years since she moved, she is still discovering new aspects of the city and love to enjoy its beaches and nature, as well as the cultural life of Rio. At CIEE, Camila will help the students with the academic process of their universities and help to develop cultural and social activities that can make the students discover Rio as she does. She likes dancing, biking and love going to concerts.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Family 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. Students can access the CIEE Study Center and campus(es) via public transportation. Breakfast is included.
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.
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.
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.
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 90 hours of intensive Portuguese language instruction offered at four 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. Students at all language levels, and students are placed in an intensive language class according to their ability as determined by a written placement test and an oral proficiency interview.
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.
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 1 to 10, with 5 being a passing grade and 7 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
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 Language and Culture Program Courses
Upon arrival, students take a language placement exam to determine which language course they will take during the ILCP. The courses prepare international students to attend regular university courses in all academic areas, including History, Anthropology, Literature, International Relations, and Engineering, among others. Courses consist of 90 hours of instruction. Most students who speak Spanish with average fluency are expected to be able to attend regular courses at PUC-Rio after completing the ILCP.
The ILCP program will offer intensive Portuguese at the following levels:
- Level I - BEGINNER Portuguese as a Second Language
- Level II - INTERMEDIATE I Portuguese as a Second Language
- Level III - INTERMEDIATE II Portuguese as a Second Language
- Level IV - ADVANCED I Portuguese as a Second Language
- Level V - ADVANCED II Portuguese as a Second Language
The ILCP’s pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Courses are offered twice a year prior to each semester. Students with lower proficiency can enroll in the CIEE Language and Culture program in which they are able to take coursework at PUC-Rio taught in English.