Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro


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Explore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The most visited city in the southern hemisphere, Rio is known for its natural beauty, Carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, and renowned beaches. It is also one of Latin America’s liveliest cities, rich in cultural heritage.

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion.

In Rio de Janeiro, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Exploring the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library of Brazil)
  • Soccer games at Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums and host to the 2017 FIFA cup
  • Trips to Salvador da Bahia to discover vibrant Afro diaspora cultural traditions
  • Hikes through the Atlantic Forest that envelopes the city or to the top of Corcovado mountain, where the Christ the Redeemer statues await
  • Overnight trips to Ouro Preto to see the 17th century
  • Baroque architecture that made this a UNESCO World Heritage site

Open Campus Block Progam Study Tours
Amazing multi-day study tours on our Rio de Janeiro program!

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CIEE Global Institute – Rio de Janeiro
Our Global Institute in Rio is part of the CIEE Global Institute Network and is located within Villa Aymoré, an early 20th century residential villa recently renovated into a state-of-the-art urban office space. Along with CIEE, Villa Aymoré hosts innovative startups, a contemporary Brazilian art gallery, restaurant and café, food trucks, a quaint patio, and a shared office co-working facility, which houses our classrooms, office space for staff and workspace for students. Villa Aymoré hosts many events and exhibitions throughout the year, giving students a chance to interact with young Brazilian professionals and entrepreneurs who work at the Villa.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Founded in 1941, this private, nonprofit Catholic university is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities. With 12,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, PUC-Rio is acclaimed for law, engineering, computer science, psychology, economics, business, and international relations programs.


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Rio, students will have the opportunity to volunteer in organizations such as ISAI School helping organize camp-type activities (sports, games, handicrafts, etc.) or teaching English to children between 5 to 11 years old.

Study Abroad Programs in Rio de Janeiro

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