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Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Deepen your understanding of Brazilian business and culture with a summer program in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most popular destinations and home to carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches, and incredible natural beauty. As a CIEE student in this program, you’ll gain first-hand experience with a broad range of professional and cultural organizations that will stay with you long after they’ve returned home.

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

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Volunteering / Community Engagement

Rio’s culture of volunteerism provides a platform for a rich volunteering and community engagement opportunities. CIEE staff members arrange group community engagement activities with various organizations and communities throughout Greater Rio. Projects are designed to give students a firsthand look at the challenges facing Rio and its surrounding area. While these activities are optional, they are included in the program fee.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

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 **
$3,433
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$167

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 one meal per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$450
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$600

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 Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

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 **
$6,383
Housing ***
$1,500
Insurance
$167

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 one meal per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$320
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$1,000
Personal expenses
$1,200

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 Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

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 **
$3,433
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$167

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 one meal per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$450
International Airfare *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$600

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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the summer program is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per 4-week session. Courses in the program typically comprise 45 contact hours. Students may take only one regular course per session. They may also enroll in a non-credit Survival Portuguese language course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires all students to enroll in one 3-credit course each session.

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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

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.

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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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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center office is based in Copacabana.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students live in dormitory rooms in the Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse. The Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse is located in a large, old house on a safe, quiet street in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It is surrounded by restaurants, cafés, a large public park, public transportation (one block from subway station), and the internationally famous Copacabana beach. Large breakfasts are provided at the guesthouse. Lunches are provided by CIEE using prepaid meal cards that work at most restaurants and sandwich shops in the area. Dinners and additional meals are the responsibility of students. The Cabanacopa Hostel and Guesthouse specializes in providing excellent service and advice for young travelers in Rio de Janeiro to maximize their experience. Participants have an opportunity to interact with other students and travelers from around the world in a beautiful setting, and live 10 minutes walking distance to the CIEE Study Center.

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Orientations

Orientations

Students begin their study abroad experience by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. Once on-site, an additional two-day orientation session introduces students to the city of Rio, CIEE’s host institutions, 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, student hostel, and at Internet cafés (often called LAN houses) throughout the city. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States, but Brazil enjoys an advanced telecommunications infrastructure and major cities typically provide ready access.

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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 (masters 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.

Session I Courses

HIST 3001 RDST
Portraits of a City: Rio de Janeiro
This course is 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 visits to neighborhoods and cultural institutions will be the prisms for insight into the carioca soul and the cultural memories that resonate throughout the City.

BUSI 3001 RDST / LAST 3001 RDST
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.

Survival Portuguese (Optional Non-Credit Language Course)
This non-credit Portuguese language course is designed for students with no Portuguese background. While going through a rapid language immersion, students will be able to put classroom instruction to use in everyday situations while building a base for future fluency. Students will learn how to hold a basic conversation with Brazilians, ask for directions, and place an order in a restaurant.

Session II Courses

CINE 3001 RDST
Framing Urban Dilemmas in Rio de Janeiro
Using visual narratives (feature-length fiction and documentary films plus television series) we examine the framing of core issues associated with large cities in general (urban poverty; resource management; the homeless and other “marginalized” populations) and within Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo specifically (integration of favelas and class conflict, for instance). This focus on how visual narratives frame complex urban challenges will allow us to describe, compare, analyze and discuss how these problems are presented to the viewer: what is excluded from this frame and what is included? Can the perspective be described as local or global? What differences exist between a local and global perspective?

BUSI 3003 RDST
Business Sustainability in Brazil´s Emerging Market
Class discussions will cover the economic and environmental impacts of Brazil's past, present, and future growth. It will also survey Brazil's attitudes and approach to balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability since the Industrial Revolution. We will review the important aspects of environmental and social impacts as they relate to economic development. It will also include expert guest speakers in the fields of business, engineering and construction, biology, urban planning and development, agriculture, environmental studies and law, and government organizations that regulate sound environmental practices. Rio’s very own rainforest, companies that strive to balance economic growth with environmental and social responsibility, government organizations that oversee environmental regulation, and university programs that are training students on how to conduct both urban and rural environmental impact studies.

Survival Portuguese (Optional Non-Credit Language Course)
This non-credit Portuguese language course is designed for students with no Portuguese background. While going through a rapid language immersion, students will be able to put classroom instruction to use in everyday situations while building a base for future fluency. Students will learn how to hold a basic conversation with Brazilians, ask for directions, and place an order in a restaurant.

Session III Courses

HIST 3001 RDST
Portraits of a City: Rio de Janeiro
This course explores 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 visits to neighborhoods and cultural institutions will be the prisms for insight into the carioca soul and the cultural memories that resonate throughout the City.

BUSI 3001 RDST / LAST 3001 RDST
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.

Survival Portuguese (Optional Non-Credit Language Course)
This non-credit Portuguese language course is designed for students with no Portuguese background. While going through a rapid language immersion, students will be able to put classroom instruction to use in everyday situations while building a base for future fluency. Students will learn how to hold a basic conversation with Brazilians, ask for directions, and place an order in a restaurant.

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