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Language Immersion

Summer: CIEE: Intensive Language and Culture (Brazil)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jul 10, 2020
Aug 08, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore


Program Advisor

The Program

Learning Portuguese in Rio is likely to be a mind-blowing experience: both perplexing and fascinating due to its complexity and richness.

This is a five-week program based at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Brazil. Classes will focus on Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. The university is located on the lush grounds of a former coffee farm in Gavea, a neighborhood located at the edge of one of the world’s largest urban green spaces, the Tijuca Rainforest.

CIEE Intensive Language and Culture Rio de Janeiro

Program Locations

Rio de Janeiro City


Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city in Brazil.  It happens to be the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural landscape, Carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, and unique cultural neighborhoods.  Commonly referred to as the Cidade Maravilhosa, (marvelous city) Rio was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, including six years as the capital of Portugal (1815-1821). Popular sights to visit in Rio include the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana beach and the famous Maracaña soccer stadium. Rio’s subway and bus system are speedy and efficient ways of getting around town.


In order to have an idea of what classes are available, please visit the CIEE website. 

In the CIEE Intensive Language and Culture program, you will be taking one six credit course in the Portuguese language. You will be placed in the appropriate Portuguese Language class based on your results in a placement exam prior to the start of your class.  Language classes are available for beginners to advanced speakers.

Study abroad students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Portuguese at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 6 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 6-credit course at CIEE will also be a 6-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Alongside your language classes, you will join CIEE on field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Field trips and excursions will vary seasonally but may include:

  • Visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in Rio and its environs

  • Tour of the city of Rio

  • Guided visits to the city’s numerous national museums

  • Tours of historical neighborhoods

  • Attending soccer matches

Events and activities are chosen to provide you with a good overview of the geographic, cultural, and economic diversity in Rio and coastal Brazil, and to complement the academic themes of the program.


Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed.





Housing and Meals


You will live with a host family in a private Brazilian home.  You will be responsible for two meals per day. The opportunity to live with a Brazilian family not only allows you to deconstruct stereotypes and to observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in your courses, and for practicing your Portuguese language skills. For beginning language-level students, and when possible, home stays will include at least one member who speaks conversational English, even though the exclusive use of Portuguese is strongly encouraged for all program participants.


You will have access to the Internet in computer labs at PUC-Rio (wireless and broadband) and at Internet cafes throughout the city. Many host families have Internet access in their homes but you need to be aware that this is not a guaranteed feature of home stays. You are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $5,945 $6,520
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some Meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Meals $450
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $400
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $2,860.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.



Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs.  For more information please visit the CIEE website.

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.