Founded in 1940, PUC-Rio is a private, Catholic university with 20,000 students from a variety of religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. It is recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil and offers a wide array of subjects in Portuguese, in addition to a limited number of courses in English. Located in the Gàvea neighborhood, the university sits amongst the rainforests and beaches of the Zona Sul and Bohemian quarter. The University enjoys its artistic and intellectual community surroundings and offers many service opportunities enabling students to experience different parts of Brazilian society. There are a number of student groups on campus including the Capoeira Club for students to meet Brazilian students. PUC also coordinates a number of social gatherings particularly for international students in order to help you integrate into the campus community. The campus also offers many restaurants and service centers with easy access to public transportation lines.
Courses at PUC-Rio are mostly taught in Portuguese; however, they do have a limited number of courses taught in English, which can be found under Quick Links. These course focus on Brazilian and Latin American culture within the fields of history, literature, business administration, international relations and sociology. In addition to taking courses in English, you will be required to take Portuguese language courses.
In order to receive credit for course work in Brazil, students must earn the equivalent of a 'C' or better. Students will earn transfer credit for their semsester at PUC-Rio and must complete the course approval process or classes to count for specific requirements at Marquette.
Students live with host families in some of the safest neighborhoods in the zona sul (southern zone) of Rio de Janeiro, including: Gávea, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme, São Conrado, Botafogo, Humaitá, or Jardim Botânico. This housing is prearranged by PUC-Rio. All Brazilian hosts are screened by PUC-Rio’s International Programs Office. You may live with other PUC students and/or international students. Learn more about housing on the PUC-Rio website.
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Rio De Janeiro is a large and vibrant city that offers a wide array of landscapes and cultural activities. The Tijuca forest, Copacabana Beach, Granite Mountains and Quinta de Boa Vista provide endless choices in exploring the natural beauty of the city. Historical landmarks including Theatro do Rio, Imperial Square and Christ the Redeemer Statue in addition to many national museums are just a few of the cultural destinations available. Throughout the year Brazil is known for its many cultural festivals including Folklore Day in August, Bonfire Festival in June and the notable Carnival in February. Rio mixes old world charm with modern flare