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.
Students will attend a Marquette orientation prior to departure.
The Brazilian Seminars developed by PUC-Rio is an international summer school which provides students, young scholars and international administrators with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Brazil. It's an interdisciplinary program meant to give a broad perspective of Brazilian issues which are currently in the global scenario. It is a 48h program of lectures and off-class activities that offers a panorama on Brazil's different aspects, ranging from politics to environmental issues, from culture to public health.
Course Content 40h of lectures on the following themes: http://www.puc-rio.br/ccci/incoming/brazilian_seminars.html
Race Relations in Braziland the Formation of the Brazilian People
Brazilian Politics, Brazil, BRICS and International Relations
Media and Democracy
Crime and Punishment in Brazil
The Brazilian Agenda of Economic Development
Health System in Brazil
Education Policies and Challenges
Public Policies for Social Inclusion
Environmental Issues/Renewable Energy
Oil industry-Brazil in the Global Market
Urban Planning, Mobility and Integration
Doing Business in Brazil
After the successful participation of the program, participants have the possibility to earn 3 university credits and a certificate of attendance
Availability for housing/Brazilian Homestay is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.
Please refer to the above "Budget Sheets" link
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 Teatro 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.