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Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home Stay
Areas of Study: AACSB, Aboriginal Studies, Accessories Design, Acting/Performance Art, Art, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communications, Math/Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Portuguese, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Program: Exchange
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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) for good reason. It has one of the most breathtaking locales of any of the world's major cities, bordered by towering mountains, white-sand beaches, luscious rainforests and the stunningly blue ocean. Rio is a bustling metropolis (the third-largest city in South America) and is well-known for its dazzling parades during the season of carnival and as the birthplace of musical genres such as samba and Bassa Nova.


Recognized by many as the best private university in Brazil, PUC-Rio is a non-profit Catholic university that was founded in 1940 with an objective of knowledge based on humanistic values. PUC-Rio’s campus is located in Gávea, a neighborhood in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro. The university enrolls around 20,000 students annually, from a variety of religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.


A list of the courses offered at PUC-Rio is available online. Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s).

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12 hours of credit on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.

PUC-Rio does not offer on-campus accommodations but students can request to live with a local host family.

For the PUC-Rio exchange, students are responsible for paying:
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply depending on the program.

In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator.


Please note: Per UM policy, courses taken during the Pre-Term Portuguese Intensive Course will be taken for course credit.

Most courses are taught in Portuguese but there are a number of classes taught in English focusing on Brazilian and Latin American culture, business, international relations, and history that are taught in English. All international students are required to take at least one course in Portuguese as a second language.

PUC-Rio Academic Calendar

Portuguese as a Second Language

Courses taught in English

Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/09/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/03/2020 07/07/2020

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