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.
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.
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.
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.
** 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.