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Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro
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Program Overview

Program Overview

This January, explore the business world and experience life in Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America. Join CIEE in lively Rio de Janeiro for our January Business and Culture program. You’ll get an insider view of what it’s like to do business here through classes and meetings with professional and cultural organizations. And you’ll experience a world-famous city known for its natural beauty, celebrations, and beaches.

Study in Brazil and you will:

  • Go on excursions that will give you an overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio and coastal Brazil
  • Join faculty for visits to businesses and corporate headquarter offices
  • Visit national museums and historical neighborhoods, attend soccer matches, and explore Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture
  • Grow familiar with the fascinating socio-political landscape of Rio and Brazil by meeting community leaders, participating in community engagement activities such as teaching basketball in Rio´s favelas, learning to play soccer, or working in a community garden
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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 $5 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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

With CIEE, you’ll also get the most out of your time in Rio. See iconic wonders like the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, and Ipanema Beach. Meet with local entrepreneurs for social enterprises that work directly with favela residents and business people at local companies such as Casa & Video and the state investment bank BNDES. Take a percussion lesson in a favela or attend a live samba music rehearsal at one of Rio's top samba schools, such as Mangueira, Imperio Serrano, or Salgueiro.

Community Engagement

CIEE staff members arrange group community engagement activities with various organizations and communities throughout Greater Rio. You could help out at a small business, deliver donated goods, or work in a community garden. Whatever you choose, you’ll get a firsthand look at the challenges facing Rio.

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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.

  • 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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January 2017 (3 wks)
11/15/2016
01/02/2017
01/20/2017

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 $500 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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January 2018 (3 wks)
11/15/2017
01/02/2018
01/20/2018

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 $500 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
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students enroll in the course, Doing Business in Brazil.

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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 gross domestic product in the country and is the headquarters of major Brazilian companies. It is home to many universities, and is the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil.

The most visited city in the southern hemisphere, Rio 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. In 2016, Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics, and the city was also site for the championship match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Sean McIntyre

Resident Director

Sean McIntyre is Academic Director for CIEE in Brazil, and Resident Director in Rio de Janeiro. Since obtaining his doctorate in German Studies from Stanford University in 2003, Dr. McIntyre has taught undergraduate humanities courses, German and Brazilian Portuguese language in several universities in the United States. In 2007 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to develop a Brazilian literature course at the University of São Paulo-Campinas (UNICAMP). In 2011 Sean moved to Rio de Janeiro to raise a family.

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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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Julie Terzian

Program Coordinator

Julie primarily assists students with service learning projects and internships. She was an exchange student in the US for a year as a senior in High School. Julie has a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages (English and Spanish – she was an exchange student in Spain) and Master´s Degree in International Relations with specialization in Latin America, development work, international cooperation, and NGOs. She has lived in Brazil for more than 5 years and previously worked on favela integration projects with the United Nations-Habitat program in Rio de Janeiro. During her free time she is very involved in the defense of local food systems and small scale farmers and food collectives.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center office is based in Gloria.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Student accomodations are within walking distance of the CIEE Study Center, and close to commerce (restaurants, banks, grocery stores, etc.), as well as public transportation (subway and bus). Breakfast is provided. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

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Orientations

Orientations

Students begin their study abroad experience by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Once on site, additional orientation activities introduce students to the city of Rio, Brazilian culture, and the program. The orientation includes sessions on health and safety, local transportation, logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

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Internet

Internet

Students have access to the Internet at the CIEE Study Center and student accomodations. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Brazilian universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; innovation, design, participation, memorization, and expositive lectures are part of the in-class academic culture. In most classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on taking notes. 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. All courses on this program are for CIEE students only.

Nature of Classes

Courses are taught by local and CIEE faculty with postgraduate degrees (master’s and doctorate) most of whom are instructors at PUC-Rio, ESPM, or other top Brazilian universities. Courses are for CIEE students only.

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 ten, with five being a passing grade and seven considered satisfactory. CIEE Study Centers in Brazil convert grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a predetermined scale.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Faculty are CIEE instructors or instructors from local universities.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 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.

Doing Business in Brazil
This course aims to provide insight into the political, economic, and social dimensions of doing business in Brazil and working in the Brazilian marketplace. The course involves presentations by business professionals and scholars, as well as visits to companies and public institutions that play a critical support role for local, national, and international business operations. Presentation topics include Brazilian business culture and social norms, legal considerations – especially as they relate to taxes, geography and demographics – and a special focus on growth areas, trends, and emerging markets.

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