Study Abroad Program Overview
Rio de Janeiro is a stunning world metropolis and there is no better way to immerse yourself quickly and thoroughly than by taking the Brazilian Seminar offered by PUC-Rio. With each class meeting you gain a new perspective on this important nation in South America and a new way to engage with the local culture. At the same time, you advance your skills in Portuguese language, whether starting from scratch or with more advanced courses. The city is full of a variety of settings in which to practice your new language skills - gardens, beaches, parks, bars, and the campus itself offer opportunities to build your vocabulary and appreciate the lilting rhythms of Brazilian Portuguese.
PUC-Rio has a highly ranked department devoted to the study of Portuguese as a second language, and all instructors in the department have long experience interacting with UC students in the UCEAP program. There is no better way to fast-track your language proficiency, become familiar with this exciting city, and broaden your knowledge of this exciting nation.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
The Brazilian Summer Seminar is conducted in English. Portuguese language instruction is required.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
During the Brazilian Seminar you will live in a rented room in a Brazilian household. This housing is prearranged by PUC-Rio and is located in one of the safest neighborhoods in the zona sul (southern zone) of Rio de Janeiro: Gávea, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme, São Conrado, Botafogo, Humaitá, or Jardim Botânico. All Brazilian hosts are screened by PUC-Rio’s International Programs Office. You may live with other UC students and international students.
Because the Brazilian Seminar is also open to young scholars and international administrators, the program includes visits to some professional settings as well as excursions around the city. In Rio de Janeiro, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities and sports, as well as cultural centers and cafés to hear music and practice your Portuguese with the locals.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UC Program Coordinator and PUC-Rio International Programs staff help students integrate into Brazilian culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues relevant to life in Rio de Janeiro. The UC Study Center is located on campus within the International Programs Office.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The Brazilian Seminar program consists of one class that combines a range of topics designed to help in understanding Brazil. These topics introduce fields that might be of interest to those wishing to further interact with the country.
Together with the seminar, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro also offers Portuguese language study for beginning students. All students take an online language placement exam prior to arrival to determine the language course you will take during the summer program.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 9 quarter/6 semester UC units, and two courses are required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Due to its short duration, internships and independent research opportunities for academic credit are not possible on this program.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is located on a single attractive campus in the scenic and conveniently located neighborhood of Gavea, a residential area in the south foothills of Rio. The lush campus includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, cafeterias, libraries, study and activity centers, and a gymnasium. It is connected by efficient bus service to all other parts of the city. Once on campus, it is easy to travel by foot. The university enrolls approximately 12,500 students (80 percent undergraduate) and offers a wide range of disciplines. Academically, this highly-ranked research university consists of four centers that sponsor studies in the social sciences, physical sciences and technological studies, the arts, and health sciences. The UCEAP Study Center is conveniently located on campus adjacent to the International Students office.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (passport, health clearance, visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at PUC-Rio
- On-site orientation
- City Tour
- Day-trip to Petrópolis
- Day-trip to Niteroi
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses (e.g. laundry, cell phone, etc.)
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: