Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 10 – Jun 28, 2018 (25 weeks)
  • Credit: 18 - 20 semester hours / 27 - 30 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 5, 2017 – Jun 28, 2018 (52 weeks)
  • Credit: 18 - 20 semester hours / 27 - 30 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Learn Portuguese where the action is: Rio de Janeiro! It’s hard not to get caught up in the pulsing energy of this multicultural metropolis, so why not let it fuel your mission for language fluency? Start with intensive language lessons, and get settled living with a Brazilian family. From there, excursions, volunteer work, courses in Brazilian culture, and the hum of daily life will get you in Rio’s unique flow.

Unique Experiences

  • Make the most of the semester

    with a one-month prep Portuguese program designed for international students.

  • Live and learn

    in one the world’s most beautiful urban settings, and the epicenter of Latin America’s largest, fastest-growing economy.

  • Take courses in English

    at Brazil’s top university.

  • years of construction to create Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado

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  • acres of land in Tijuca urban tropical rainforest

    7,936
  • people take to the streets each day during Carnival

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Location & Culture

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Rio de Janeiro is all about living large. It’s 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 most visited city in the southern hemisphere, Rio is known for its natural beauty, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and renowned beaches. 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Take a guided tour of Rio and learn facts tourists often miss about museums, neighborhoods, and more.
  • Hike the world’s largest urban forest – a tropical rainforest full of treasures.
  • Take an overnight trip to Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to discover Brazil’s 18th century golden age.
  • See why Brazilians are mad for football with a live match.
  • Immerse yourself in Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture during Carnival and other festivals.
  • Swim at one of the most famous clubs in town, the Flamengo Football Club, within walking distance of campus.
  • Be part of campus life by joining extracurricular and cultural activities.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. In a country known for urban poverty, you’ll gain as much as you give, helping with education, health, or community building. Teach English in favelas, help with neighborhood cleanups, and much more.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Sharing family life with your Brazilian hosts provides maximum immersion in language and culture. Students use public transportation to get from their homes to classes. Year-long students are responsible for housing during the long breaks between study (December to February, and July).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    RIO DE JANEIRO

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    PONTIFÍCIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DE RIO DE JANEIRO

    Campus is in Gávea, a neighborhood in the south zone of city at the edge of the Tijuca Forest.

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 2012, this program is based at our Study Center at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). It begins with an intensive one-month program. Designed just for international students, it combines classwork with exciting cultural activities to help students develop a Portuguese language skills and learn about Brazilian life and society.

During the semester, students continue with Portuguese language and choose courses taught in English on Brazilian history, culture, foreign policy, literature, and management. Many students are also able to directly enroll in classes at PUC-Rio.

Students agree to speak only Portuguese to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de 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. The university is also known for its diverse student body. PUC-Rio campus – formerly a coffee farm – is in the south zone at the edge of the Tijuca Forest.

Courses are taught by local PUC-Rio faculty with postgraduate degrees.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Classes are attended mainly by CIEE and other international students, but courses may include some Brazilian students. The CIEE academic year program coincides with the North American academic year, from late June to late June of the following year. Our calendar year program coincides with the Brazilian academic year, from early January to early December. Academic year students have a two-month break between fall and spring semesters, and are encouraged to travel independently. Calendar-year students have a four-week break between the Brazilian first and second semesters (North American spring and fall semesters).

  • GRADING

    Assessment is based on a combination of written and oral assignments and a final paper or exam. Professors use a numeric grading scale from 1 to 10; 5 is passing, 7 is satisfactory. The CIEE Study Center in Brazil converts grades and credits to the U.S. system.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    While U.S. students are accustomed to a structured academic system, Brazilian professors rely on students to work responsibly outside of class. This approach is geared toward students who are motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. The CIEE staff will help you navigate this culture. Students receive bibliographies, and are expected to read as many listings as possible and select titles that best meet their needs. In some courses, the final grade is based on a term paper or critical analysis of one article.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    1 semester of Portuguese or 2 semesters of college-level Spanish

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 18-20 semester/27-30 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Intensive Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language course: 90; credit – 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Elective direct-enrollment courses in English: 60; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter hours
  • Semester Portuguese language courses: 60-90; credit – 4-6 semester/6-9 quarter hours

Students take the following courses:

  • A four-week Intensive Portuguese as a Second Language before the semester starts
  • 2 direct enrollment courses taught in English
  • 1 semester-long Portuguese as a Second Language course or 1 additional direct enrollment course taught in English

Fall 2017 Courses

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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.

REQUIRED PRE-TERM INTENSIVE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE 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 for 6 academic credits. 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.

REQUIRED 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. Level I, II and III consist of 90 hours of instruction per term (6 hours per week), corresponding to 6 academic credits. Level IV and V consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (4 per week) corresponding to 4 academic credits. 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.

The semester Portuguese language courses are offered by PUC-Rio 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

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Language of instruction: English
An exploration of the lives, narratives, locations, cultural traditions and habits that constitute a city as a dynamic organism and give that place its uniqueness. Literature, essays, films, music, paintings, architecture and field studies (visits to neighborhoods and cultural institutions, for instance) will be our prisms for insight into the Carioca soul and cultural memories that resonate throughout Rio from colonial beginnings to the present day. U.S. Semester Credits: 3, contact Hours: 45.

PUC-RIO ELECTIVE COURSES IN ENGLISH

ADM 9976: Introduction to Strategy in a Globalized World
Basic concepts and tools for strategic management from a global perspective. Assessing and ensuring strategic fit considering global opportunities and challenges. Shift in paradigm of multinational strategies from national differentiation to globalization. International alliances: focus on joint ventures. Cultural challenges. Balanced scorecards for firms with global strategies. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ART 9853: Ergonomics and Ergo Design in Brazil
Ergonomics in Brazil: development and research. Main approaches in Brazil used for ergonomic studies. The nature of ergodesign. Ergodesign in development of products, information systems, and human- computer interfaces. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ART 9830: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Brazil
Discussion of the connections between ethics and aesthetics in the context of contemporary Brazilian culture and subjectivity. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

HIS 9827: Brazilian History
South America in the context of the Portuguese ultramarine empire. Black and Indian slavery. The Catholic Church: hierarchies and social identity in the colony. Political emancipation and the construction of the Imperial State. Nationality formation and social tensions. Crisis of slavery and the end of the monarchic regime. The historical experience of the Brazilian Republic. Authoritarianism and democracy. Inclusion and exclusion in the Brazilian society. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

IRI 9514: Regional Integration Process
The resurgence of regionalism in world politics. Typologies of regional integration. Theoretical perspectives on regionalism. Different processes of integration, ALALC, ALADI, Cartagena Agreement, CARICOM, CAFTA, Andean Community, Mercosul, NAFTA, FTAA, European Union, ASEAN. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

IRI 9602: Brazilian Foreign Policy I
This course explains how the main Brazilian foreign policy paradigms were formulated as well as discuss the role of economic development on the Brazilian foreign policy contents. The following issues are discussed: actors and perceptions of Brazilian foreign policy, Americanism and Pan-Americanism, Cold War and foreign policy, democracy and foreign policy, foreign policy of military regime and the Americanism, geopolitics and National Security Doctrine, globalism revival and consolidation, impact of economic development on Brazilian foreign policy, independent foreign policy and globalism, post-Cold War and Brazilian international insertion, and Republican regime and foreign policy. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LET 9419: Special Topics in Portuguese Language
Study and discussion of special topics related to the Portuguese language studies. Intercultural studies: parameters of analysis. Identification of aspects of the Brazilian culture and language interaction that may be relevant in multicultural/intercultural contexts. Practical work with Brazilian films, TV soap operas and sitcoms, song lyrics, press articles, publicity campaigns, and short stories. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LET 9734: Topics in Brazilian Literature
Broad survey of Brazilian literature, with emphasis on the question of Brazilian national identity. Examination of the shifting definition of “brasilidade” through the readings of outstanding Brazilian novels, short stories, poetry, and song lyrics. Film screenings based on Brazilian literary masterpieces are included. Conducted in English with readings in English or in Portuguese. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

SOC 9174: Contemporary Brazilian Debates from a Sociological and Anthropological Perspective
This course aims to give an introduction to contemporary Brazilian anthropology and sociology. Beginning with central problems which influenced the constitution of these two disciplines, centering around the ideas of Gilberto Freyre and Sergio Buarque de Hollanda, we discuss modernity and Portuguese tradition; the historical role of the State and its relations with society; public life and private values; family and social solidarity; “racial democracy” and criticisms; and Brazilian modernism. The course highlights some specific contemporary subject discussions in both areas: violence and urban life, race and inequality, religion, cultural artistic manifestations, especially Tropicalism, Brazilian funk, and “manguebeat.” Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to Brazilian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Program

Spring 2018 25 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 52 weeks

Application Due

Start Date

Jan 10, 2018 Jul 5, 2017

End Date

Jun 28, 2018 Jun 28, 2018

Fees & Housing

$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $11,933 **

Housing = $3,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,750

International Airfare = $1,050

Local Transportation = $750

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $270 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,300

Other = $200 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,020

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

††† local government registration

$36,800
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $29,433 **

Housing = $6,900 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $36,800

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,500

International Airfare = $1,050

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 = $900 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,920

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

††† local government registration

†††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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