Pontificia Universidade Catolica
de Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A minimum GPA of 3.00 plus Basic Portuguese (PORT-011) and Intermediate Portuguese (PORT-032) for students with no background in Spanish OR Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (PORT-009) for those who are eligible to take this course. The language of instruction for all courses is Portuguese.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in September for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC - Rio) was founded in 1941 by the Jesuit Company becoming the first private institution of higher education in the country. Located since 1955 in the residential area of Gávea, PUC has a population of 11,000 undergraduate, 3,000 graduate and 4,500 extension students. Its lush but compact campus sits on a natural reserve at the feet of one of many Rio's isolated mountains. PUC - Rio is considered among the top ten universities in Brazil and certainly one of the premier private research institutions of higher education in the country.
Accommodation and Meals
CIEE, a study abroad organization, places students with host families, where they have the best chance to experience the Brazilian way of life and to speak everyday Portuguese. Students have their own room. Breakfast and internet are provided. Access to kitchen and laundry facilities and the telephone is to be arranged by the student with the family.
Universities in Brazil operate on a southern hemispheric academic calendar, in which the first semester classes run from March to July and the second semester from August to December. Students begin studies in Rio participating in a required month-long Portuguese language and Brazilian culture course prior to their first term. Year-long students may consider attending the program for the Brazilian academic year in order to enhance their academic and social integration. These students arrive in Brazil in early January for the pre-session course and complete the program in December. Students who wish to attend for the U.S. academic year arrive in Rio for the pre-session course in early July and finish their studies in late July of the following year. The program is also available as a semester-only option with start dates in either early January for our spring semester or early July for our fall semester.
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
Language of Instruction is Portuguese.
Fields of Study
Portuguese Literature and Linguistics, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Geography, Education, Social Communication, Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology.
All students must attend the non-for-credit one-month language pre-session course offered at PUC. After the intensive course, students who place in Portuguese Levels I, II, III (90 hours and 6 credits) should take this language course during the semester in addition to three regular university courses (4 credits each) for a total of 18 credits. Students who place in Levels IV and V (60 hours and 4 credits) take this language course plus four regular university courses (4 credits each) for a total of 20 credits. Participants may take a two-credit course, only if they pair it with another of the same subject for a total of 4 credits. No more than two 2-credit courses will be accepted. Year-long students do not need to attend the pre-session language course for their second semester. Students who successfully complete this courseload will obtain 15 credits and 5 courses per semester at Georgetown.
Brazilian grades range from 1-10, and 5 is the minimum passing grade to receive credit.