Is this program right for you?
This program is right for students who wish to experience the Brazilian education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at a Brazilian university. Some classes are taught in English with other study abroad students in the classroom, while other courses are taught in Portuguese directly enrolled alongside local Brazilian students. Students will also participate in an intensive pre-term Portuguese course which allows students to learn and experience the Brazilian language and culture before the beginning of the semester.
Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, called PUC-Rio for short, is a private non-profit Catholic University located in Rio de Janeiro. It was created in 1940 in order to develop knowledge based on humanistic values. Now with, approximately, 20,000 students, PUC-Rio is internationally recognized as one of the most important doctoral research centers in the country.
This program is for both students with advanced Portuguese language skills and for those students who have only studied a little Portuguese before. The program requires at least two semesters of Portuguese language or the equivalent.
Courses in English
Students with little Portuguese language experience have the opportunity to take courses taught in English at PUC-Rio. Course content focuses on Brazilian and Latin American Studies with topics such as: Brazilian culture, literature, business, design, civilization and history. Along with these courses in English, international students must take a Portuguese language class. Learn more about PUC-Rio courses in English!
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Courses in Portuguese
Students with Portuguese language experience can enroll in regular PUC-Rio classes taught in Portuguese. All international students are also required to take Portuguese as a Second Language. Courses are offered in three academic centers:
- Center of Theology and Human Sciences (Arts, Industrial Design, Education, Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology )
- Center of Social Sciences (Administration, Business, Economics, Social Communication, Journalism and Publicity, History, Geography, Sociology, Social Work, International Relations, Law)
- enter of Science and Technology (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering)
Portuguese language study is required while attending PUC-Rio. PUC-Rio offers 5 levels of Portuguese during the semester: Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced I, and Advanced II. All students are tested upon arrival to determine the appropriate language level.
PUC-Rio also offers an intensive pre-term language course that allows students to learn and experience the Brazilian language and culture before the beginning of the semester. This is a non-credit bearing course that will help students brush up on their Portuguese skills prior to the start of the semester. The intensive pre-term Portuguese is a required part of the program for AU students. The cost of the course is covered by AU. Students can live in the program arranged homestay during the pre-term course.
PUC-Rio is located in Rio de Janeiro, an exciting city located inside the tropical forest and by the Atlantic Ocean. There is tons to do and see in and around the city. Rio provides its inhabitants a majestic realm of colors, sounds and smells. With an intense cultural life, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for those who want to immerse themselves into the South American reality: plays, shows, concerts, exhibitions, street performances, scientific conferences, cultural debates - everything happens in Rio.
Housing & Meals
International students are placed in homestays, where they have the best chance to experience the Brazilian way of life. Each student has his/her own room in a family home recommended by the international office at PUC-Rio.
Prices range from US$450 to US$550 per month with breakfast included (Price in Reais: R$1400 per month to R$1750). Access to kitchen and laundry facilities and telephone is to be arranged by the student together with the family. Most students commute by city bus (R$3 fare) to the university from their homestays.
The accommodation program is based on a first come, first served basis. Students should fill out the housing application located on the PUC-Rio study abroad application. For further information regarding PUC-Rio´s accommodation program, please contact the housing coordinator.
AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Brazil. Please visit the Brazilian Embassy website and read the information provided to you by the PUC-Rio International Office in order to determine what you need to do to legally be a student in Brazil.