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Brown in Brazil: Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) - Pontificia Universidade Catolica
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Language Prerequisite: Yes
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Brown application deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Princeton application deadline: October 26, 2018

Brown in Brazil, Pontificía Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio)

As the second largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro provides students with the opportunity to study in a lively and culturally diverse setting. Rio is considered one of the world’s most striking cities, situated between beaches on one side and a jutting mountain range on the other. In Rio, Brazil’s emotional and economic center, life is as varied as both landscape and culture, and equally vibrant and intense.

Brown's Brazil program begins with a month-long intensive orientation, which includes instruction in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. Weekend field trips help orient students to the country. The program includes a week-long module on Afro-Brazilian Culture. Held in Salvador (Bahia) in early August, this module consists of lectures, workshops, and visits focusing on art, history, religion, music, dance, race relations, and politics.

Students in the Brown-in-Brazil program enroll in courses at Pontificia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio). The first private institution of higher learning in Brazil, PUC-Rio enjoys a reputation as one of the top five universities in the country. Students benefit from its rigorous curriculum and direct engagement with Brazilian students. 


Academic Program

Students directly enroll with local students in courses at Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), including a mandatory Portuguese language course. Courses in all PUC departments are open to CASA-Brazil students, provided the necessary prerequisites can be met. Students have the opportunity to develop individualized course of study in areas as varied as history, politics, environmental studies, international relations, literature, economics, education, art history, and studio art. Non-credit, optional internship opportunities also may be available.

Language of Instruction: Portuguese


Language Requirements
Portuguese Minimum Requirement: POBS 0400/Writing and Speaking Portuguese (fourth-semester college level Portuguese) or the equivalent.
Note: Students are expected to have taken at least one course focusing entirely on Brazil in Literature, History or the Social Sciences.

Academic Calendar

Program Dates:
Fall semester (early July – mid December) 
Spring semester (late January – late June )
Full year (early July – late June)


PUC-Rio and CASA Brazil offer an enriched opportunity for students to experience the Brazilian way of life by placing them in a home-stay program.  CASA Brazil students will be placed in home-stays located in the south zone of the city, the same as the university. Most families live near the university, within 30- 40 minutes from campus by city bus.

Host families are carefully screened by the Coordinating Center for International Cooperation (CCCI) and approved by the CASA Brazil Center Director.  They represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from single families, to couples without children, to families with children. 

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Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


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