Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro is a privately funded nonprofit Jesuit organization. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Brazilian universities, with approximately 14,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students, and 500 international students on campus.

Due to its intense and diversified cultural life, Rio is considered the country's heart. Its setting between mountains and ocean has an unforgettable effect on visitors. Rio is famous for its beaches, soccer teams, and most of all, Carnival. Rio's natural beauty and cheerful people make it a pleasant city in which to live and study abroad.

City, Country

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Language of Instruction

Portuguese, Portuguese for foreigners, and some English

Subjects of Study

Full range of courses offered.

Eligibility & Admission

3 semesters of college level study - intermediate
Portuguese preferred.  Students can use the Canisius Portuguese Rosetta Stone and receive tutoring at Canisius.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Two professor recommendations

Semester Available

Fall & Spring

Credits Earned/Term


Application Deadline

Fall Semester - February 2, 2015 

Spring Semester - March 2, 2015

Program Dates

Fall Semester 2015
Arrival Date: Approx. July 9, 2015
Orientation Date: Approx. July 10, 2015
Intensive Portuguese: Approx. July 11 – August 2, 2015
Program Dates: Approx. August 12 – December 14, 2015

Spring Semester 2016
Approximate Spring 2016 Dates:
Arrival Date: Approx. January 8, 2016
Intensive Portuguese: Approx. January 11 – February 1, 2016
Program Dates: Approx. February 24 – July 7, 2016

Program Costs

Fee (to be paid to Canisius):

Canisius tuition, study abroad fee ($500) and mandatory health insurance (approx. $270)

Costs to be paid by student:

Family home-stay (Approx. 1050R$/mo, about $580 US) includes breakfast.  Access to kitchen and laundry facilities may be arranged with the family.  Students may also find their own shared apt. (Approx. 600R$-1200R$/mo, about $330-$660 US) depending on the district and kind of housing.  Registration fee to be paid to PUC-Rio is 400R$ (about $220) and an extension fee of 200R$ (about $110) will be applied to students studying for two semesters.  The cost of the Pre-Semester Portuguese Intensive course is 2200R$ (about $1210).

Currency conversion is estimated at 1 Brazilian real=$.55

Program cost subject to currency fluctuation

Program Highlights

The US-Brazil Grant provides an opportunity for a Canisius students to receive a semester stipend of $4,000 while studying abroad in Brazil.


Students can live with a host family or find their own
shared apartment.

Travel Information

Assistance with flight through travel agent

Host Website