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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,
Spring 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
Program Description:
Program Description:

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Brown application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020

Brown in Brazil: Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) 

Brown in Brazil offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves completely in the culture and language of Brazil through intensive language instruction and direct enroll courses at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in the areas of politics, history, literature, art history, and more. This program is designed for students with an intermediate level of Portuguese. 

The University

Pontificia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio) is the first private institution of higher learning in Brazil. With some 15,000 students and 1,500 faculty members and researchers, PUC-Rio enjoys a reputation as one of the top research universities in Brazil. Students who participate in the CASA Brazil program enroll in courses across 26 departments organized in four academic centers: Theology and Human Sciences, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Biomedical Sciences.

PUC-Rio is located in Gávea, a charming and safe neighborhood. Several city bus lines pass by the university, and the Botanical Gardens and Leblon beach are within walking distance of the campus.

The Setting

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 cultural and economic center, life is as varied as both landscape and culture, and equally vibrant and intense. Rio is a large city with many diverse neighborhoods and an enormous variety of activities to choose from. 


The program begins with the four-week long language orientation and pro-seminar, in which students take an intensive Portuguese language course and attend lectures on Brazilian culture, history, and society. Students also have the opportunity to participate in several excursions and weekend-long trips, including a trip to Bahia during the week prior to the start of the regular semester. 

After the end of the first four weeks, students directly enroll with local students in courses at PUC-Rio. Students with advanced levels of Portuguese may choose to enroll in all university electives, although most students take three electives plus one Portuguese language course. These four courses, at 16 U.S. credits, are equivalent to four Princeton credits. 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.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Portuguese. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from early July to mid December. 
Spring semester typically runs from late January to late June.

For updated calendars, please visit the CASA website.


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. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive aid will pay the fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students must obtain the visa at any Brazilian consulate prior to arriving to Brazil. A personal visit to the consulate may be required. Be aware that, as an international  student, you cannot enroll at PUC-Rio without a student visa. Please visit your local embassy/consulate's website for more details.

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.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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