Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Website: http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/incoming/
Approximate semester dates: Semester 1 (Spring): February - June
Semester 2 (Fall): August - December
Academic Calendar
Language of instruction: Portuguese and English
Full time load equivalent:  16 credits per semester (usually 3 courses per semester + the semester long Brazilian Portuguese language course)
Fields of Study Available:

Available for undergraduate and postgraduate exchange

Limited number of courses available in English - strongly recommended that you have UQ electives available .

'Portuguese as a Second Language'
 is a MANDATORY class for all exchange students during the semester.

An optional pre-semester Portuguese langauge class is on offer for R$ 2,795 (Approx AU$1270 - 2014 rate).

Courses in English (website) - mostly Business and Commerce

Courses in English (factsheet)

Academic details at PUC Rio

Spanish Language Courses 
Under this catalogue select 'Letras' - 'Cursos de Linguas' - 'Espanhol Basico/Intermediario

Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.

Restricted Fields of Study:

Business Administration is highly technical - it may be difficult to understand unless you are fluent in Portuguese.

'LAB' Classes are not available. (specific to Engineering students)

Approximate living expenses:

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Additional information:

Why PUC-Rio?

PUC Rio Factsheet

  • Location: PUC-Rio is located in the scenic neighbourhood of Gavea, a residential area in the south foothills of Rio.  The attractive campus is located near the city's southern beaches! For more info on living in Rio click here
  •  Brazil Baby!: Brazil is South America's largest country and contains some of the world's most famous white sand beaches. Rio de Janeiro is known for its music, dance and beauty, this exciting city will have you walking to a new beat in no time.
  • Student Life: Parties and gatherings are organised specifically for international students to help them integrate into the university community.  Exchange students can also get involved in other activities like the choir and Brazilian cultural festivals.
  • Volunteering: Rio offers a number of opportunities for volunteering in the community.  Several departments at PUC-Rio sponsor ongoing social service projects and other projects in the local community are also available.  Arrangements for such opportunities are generally organised after arrival. For more info click here

Watch a video about exchange students' experience studying at PUC-Rio

Accommodation Information - PUC-Rio does not have accommodation on campus, most students are placed in family houses. For further information regarding PUC-Rio´s accommodation program, please contact: Leonardo Dias at housing-ccci@puc-rio.br


Registration Fee: This is a mandatory fee to provide exchange students with a comprehensive package of services and activities during orientation and throughout the academic year.
This fee covers:

- Airport Pick up
- Guided tour towards Rio de Janeiro
- Cultural Orientation
- Orientation material
- De Para Orientation and assistance.
- De Para Guided Procedure
- PUC-Rio ID Card
- Assistance with Immigration Documents
- International Coordinator Emergency phone assistance 24 /7
- Psychological Assistance (in case you need) 24hours
- Police phone assistance only for PUC-Rio's International Students 24 hours
- Welcome event
- Field Trip to Farm Hotel Arvoredo
- Closing Event

Cost: 1 exchange semester only (R$ 595 - approx AU$224 - 2015 rate) 


Pre-Term Intensive Portuguese Language Program: A four week intensive language program is available for exchange students prior to the start of the semester. For more info click here.The cost will be R$ 2795.


- Fancy a dip? PUC-RIO students have access to the swimming pool of one of the most famous clubs in town, Flamengo Football (soccer) Club.
- Cook in Rio offers Brazilian cooking classes in English for foreigners wanting to learn some of the fun and delicious Brazilian meals and drinks.
- Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer) this famous landmark is known all around the world.  Check out tripadvisor.com.au for comments on how awesome it is up close!

What our students say about Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro
Ciara: PUC Rio (Semester 2, 2015) Ciara: PUC Rio (Semester 2, 2015) Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Arts, 2nd year
Sean: PUC Rio (Semester 1, 2014) Sean: PUC Rio (Semester 1, 2014) Bachelor of Arts
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