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Location: Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Website: info for exchange students
Language of Instruction: Portuguese and English

  • Prior to the pandemic, 44 classes were offered in English. After on-site courses resume, PUC-RIO hopes to have even more.
  • There are no Portuguese language requirements prior to exchange, but students have the option to arrive a month in advance to attend the Portuguese intensive language course (level 1).
Terms: August - December (Fall)  and February - July (Spring)


  •  PUC-RIO is located near the forest and the beach. Its campus is a pleasant green area with a stream running through it; small monkeys and squirrels can be seen jumping up in the trees.
  •  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. .
  •  15000 students on campus
  • National Heritage of Tingua Private Reserve - Atlantic Forest
  • See the PUC-RIO Campus Tour video

Area of study

  • The courses taught in English have a content based on Brazilian and Latin American aspects, such as: Culture
  • Business
  • Design
  • Civilization and History
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • International Relations

Along with courses in English, international students must attend Portuguese as a Second Language.

Course catalog

Exchange credit history

See the exchange credit history listing of courses that have been previously evaluated from PUC-Rio. Note that this is a guide only, and not a guarantee that your courses would be evaluated in the same way.


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