The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private, Jesuit institution founded in 1941. The university has a student population of approximately 10,500 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students. The university is internationally recognized as one of the two top universities in Rio and one of the most important research centers in Brazil.
All BC students are required to enroll in an early start intensive Portuguese course along with a semester-long Portuguese course. Students can take classes in English or Portuguese, although the English course offering is more limited.
BC Resident Director - BC in Rio
Linda Cristina Sousa
PUC-Rio International Students Coordinator
International Programs - PUC-Rio
Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Ed. Pe. Leonel Franca 8º, Gávea
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
BC students must attend an orientation by the BC resident director. They will then participate in an orientation program at the university. Throughout the semester, students will have the support of the BC resident director who will arrange cultural activities and direct them to academic and other resources, as needed. The international office staff at PUC-Rio is also available to assist students and offer support. Additionally, PUC-Rio offers extensive sports opportunities for international students.
- Fall Term: Starts in early July and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late June.
Students live with families, as this is the best way for them to learn about the culture, improve their language proficiency and be safe. The PUC-Rio International Office provides students with support and places them with a Brazilian family, selected and recommended by PUC-Rio.
Students apply for housing by checking in the applicable box when completing their online application with PUC-Rio. Each student has a private room in a family home.
BC students will pay this cost directly to the families. Access to kitchen and laundry facilities and telephone is arranged by the student with the host family. Most families live near the university, typically around 15 minutes by city bus.
Breakfast and one other meal per day are included in home-stay program.
PUC-Rio has an attractive green campus located in a quiet neighborhood. It is also close to cultural and commercial centers and is within 15 minutes of the beach. The university is also well equipped for sports. Exchange students can enroll in gymnastics classes or play soccer, handball, volleyball, and basketball. Capoeira classes can be taken for an additional cost. Swimming is possible at the Flamengo Sport Club near campus.
- Welcome dinner and Orientation session
- Hike and tour at Catacumba Park
- Visit to Santa Teresa: Chacara do Céu Museum and Parque das Ruinas
- Visit to Parque Lage
- Visit to Jongo da Serrinha, Afro-Brazilian folkdance and culture center
- Guided tour of historic Theatro Municipal and visit to Bellas Artes Museum
- Visit to Instituto Moreira Salles’ galleries, grounds and café
All travel costs are the responsibility of the BC student.