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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 08/07/2019 12/13/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Major: Art History, Art Studio, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology
Program Description:

CIEE Rio de Janeiro: Liberal Arts

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


About the Program | Rio de Janeiro,Brazil | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
Established in 2012, the CIEE Liberal Arts study abroad program is based at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro campus. Students on this program should be equipped with the language skills needed for direct enrollment in regular PUC classes offered in Portuguese. Together with CIEE, the PUC International Programs office helps guide students to the courses on campus that best fit their interests, schedules, and language skills.
The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private, non-profit Catholic university created in 1941. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities, ranked by the Brazilian Ministry of Education as the best private university in the country in 2009. PUC-Rio has approximately 12,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The forested campus is centrally located in the south zone of the city in the Gavea neighborhood, and has a student community area with restaurants, coffee shops, library, free wireless, access to sports facilities, and a major public bus stop.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro ("January River") is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, including six years as the capital of Portugal (1815-1821). Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural setting, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and its energetic population. Rio's iconic landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Maracanã soccer stadium.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including PORT 2030 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure
  • Coursework with Latin American content strongly recommended
Fields of Study
Portuguese, full range of liberal arts including Latin American Studies, Political Science, History, Sociology, Brazilian Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion, Studio Art, Engineering, Economics, Communications, and Psychology

Academic Culture
Brazilian universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; innovation, design, participation and memorization lectures are all part of the in-class academic culture. In most classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on note taking. 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. While U.S. students are accustomed to a very structured system, professors in Brazil generally leave students on their own to determine the intensity of their work—an approach which is geared towards the student who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter of the course. It is a more autonomous academic system. In some courses, the entire grade is based on a term paper or critical analysis of a particular article, with the expectation that the paper be based upon a fairly extensive reading from the bibliography. This relative freedom places a great deal of responsibility on the student.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rio even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Rio you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Rio. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
CIEE works with homestays in Rio. Students can access the CIEE Study Center and campus(es) via public transportation. Sharing in the life of a family through a homestay provides an excellent opportunity for interested students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action. It also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses and to practice their Portuguese language skills.

(*Note - Group Homestay option is not available for Tulane students.)

Helpful Links 
CIEE Rio de Janeiro Liberal Arts Program
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.