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Fordham Exchange / Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Exchange Program) (Study Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: Fordham University applicants only
Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Major City Academic Setting: Direct Enroll at a University
Housing: Home Stay Degree: Undergraduate
Provider: Fordham Exchange Host Institution: Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Foreign Language Competency: Advanced, Intermediate Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Field of Study: Business, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Education, Engineering, Foreign Languages, History, Humanities, International Studies, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physical or Life Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Theology
Program Description:

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janerio

Location | Program Academics | Dates Requirements | Housing



PUC-RIO is located in Gávea, a charming neighborhood near the forest and beaches of the Zona Sul area of Rio de Janeiro. Its campus is beautifully situated within a tropical forest, surrounded by lush trees and with a small stream running through it. Visitors and students can often see small monkeys and squirrels jumping among the trees.

Program Academics

PUC-Rio was the first private higher education institution in the country, created by the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1940 by Cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and Father Leonel Franca S.J.  The referential starting-point of PUC-Rio is the complete development of the human being in two main perspectives: the philosophical and the theological. Besides that, it is a doctoral research institution that focuses primarily in the development of academic and scientific knowledge.  PUC-Rio is, above all, a community of people, teachers, students and staff members united by a common interest in seeking the truth and acting in accordance with the needs of the society and with the ever changing world around us.  Please review PUC Rio's undergraduate course catalog for a list of the academic departments and the links to their webpages.

PUC-Rio does offer a limited amount of courses, taught in English, every semester.  Please visit the international student information page to learn more about the available coursework taught in English.  

Regardless of the intended academic program, all Fordham students must take the pre-term intensive language course prior to the start of the semester.  The fee must be paid directly to PUC-Rio.

PUC-Rio 2 PUC-Rio Campus 2


For the spring semester, you should plan to arrive in early February for orientation.  Your final exams will end in late June.  For the fall semester, you should plan to arrive in early August and will finish the semester in mid-December. Please review PUC Rio's International Student Calendar for more information.


You must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to apply. 

PUC-Rio Campus


PUC-Rio does not provide dorms facilities on campus but offers an enriched opportunity for students to experience the Brazilian way of life by placing students in a home-stay program.

International students are placed in home-stays located in the south zone of the city, the same as the university. Most families live near the university, within 20-30 minutes from campus by city bus.  For further details, please visit PUC Rio's website.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/10/2015
Rolling Admission 01/02/2016 06/15/2016
NOTE: Dates provided are tentative only. Please confirm with program administrator.
Fall 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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