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Program Description:

Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Program Dates

Spring 2019
OPTIONAL Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Program January 24-February 20, 2019
Spring 2019 Orientation  February 21, 2019
Spring 2019 Classes Begin March 11, 2019
End of Term July 11, 2019

Fall 2018
OPTIONAL Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Program July 4-August 1, 2018
Regular Term Airport Pick-Up August 8, 2018
Fall 2018 Orientation August 8-11, 2018
Fall 2018 Classes Begin August 13, 2018
End of Term December 20, 2018

*Please wait for confirmation from your Study Abroad Advisor before buying flight tickets. 

Program Costs

Estimated program budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

Fall Semester Budget Sheet

Spring Semester Budget Sheet

Discover your world at PUC-Rio

  • PUC-RIO is located in Gávea, a charming neighborhood near the forest and beaches of the Zona Sul area of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Classes are held on a campus - beautifully situated within a tropical forest, surrounded by lush trees, a small stream and wildlife including small monkeys and squirrels.
  • Rio de Janeiro, known for its beautiful beaches, rainforests, and mountains, provides many cultural, sporting and historical attractions to experience in your free time.  Maracanã, site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Carnival, Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, are just a few of the places you can visit during your study abroad time in Brazil.
  • You will have access to four large libraries on campus and over 500,000 titles; including the Central Library and a specialized library for each academic center.
  • The study abroad office at PUC-Rio is available to help with your questions or concerns. They also offer an orientation program upon your arrival to help you settle into life in Rio de Janeiro.
  • PUC-Rio is internationally recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil and one of the two best in Rio de Janeiro. PUC-Rio is widely known as a high level education center in Brazil, with emphasis in Law, Engineering, Psychology, Economics, Business and International Relations.

Your Classes

You can study abroad at PUC-Rio if you have either two years of university level Spanish language study OR one year of university level Portuguese language study, and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. In either case, you are required to take Portuguese language courses while at PUC.

The department of letters and cultures offers language courses at five levels, from beginner to advanced. A mandatory Portuguese language test indicates the appropriate level for each student.

Visit the PUC Rio website for more information about Portuguese as a Second Language.

Regular university courses taught in Portuguese are available to students at the advanced level of Portuguese language proficiency, in the following academic centers:

Center of Theology and Human Sciences (CTCH)

Arts (Industrial Design) Education Philosophy
Letters (Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics) Theology Psychology

Center of Social Sciences (CCS)

Administration (Business) Economics Geography
Social Communication (Film, Journalism and Publicity) History Social Science
Institute of International Relations Social Work Law

Center for Science and Technology

Physics Chemistry Civil Engineering
Mathematics Informatics Electrical Engineering
Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering Industrial Engineering

For more information, please visit the PUC-Rio website

Courses in English & Portuguese as a Second Language

Students now have the opportunity to take courses in English at PUC-Rio!

The courses taught in English have content based on Brazilian and Latin American aspects such as: culture, literature, business, design, engineering, civilization and history, among others. Along with the courses in English, students must attend Portuguese as a Second Language courses.

Applicants must follow the regular application process of the Center for International Programs (CIP) indicating the intention to attend classes in English.  Please contact the Program Advisor if you intend to take courses in English.

For a listing of coursework offered in English, please click here. 

Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course

The Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course is offered twice a year: January/February and July (not included in the Program Fees). This is a great opportunity for students with limited exposure to the Portuguese language to get intensive instruction in both the language and Brazilian culture prior to the start of regular courses.

The Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language intensive course consists of 90 hours of instruction for the month.

Your Home Away from Home

You will live in a family homestay, which guarantees a true Brazilian immersion experience and an opportunity to strengthen your language skills! You are encouraged to apply early because when the places for individual rooms are filled, you will be placed in double rooms.

You will have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities. Internet may or may not be available in lodgings, but is available on campus.

For more information on housing, please visit the PUC Rio Housing website.

Visas and Immigration

Visa requirements frequently change and you are ultimately responsible for correctly completing Brazillian immigration requirements. Please do not apply for a visa or purchase airplane tickets until you have received information and support documentation from the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs office.

US citizens are required to apply for a Temporary Visa I - Cultural Visa. More information will be provided after you are accepted to this prorgram.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Catherine Collado.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019 04/05/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.