Homestays, Intensive Language Program, Volunteer Opportunitites
The Brown Program in Rio de Janeiro is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall and academic year to students who have taken at least 4 semesters of Portuguese, or in certain cases, those who have completed Portuguese for Spanish-speakers.
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This program is designed for students with strong Portuguese language skills and an interest in contemporary Brazil. The Program begins with a month-long, intensive orientation which includes instruction in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, with three hours of classes every day and additional lectures by various specialists. Field trips are planned for the weekends. After the intial month, the program offers a combination of regular university classes at the Pontificía Universida de Católica (PUC-Rio) with Portuguese language courses. Founded in 1941, the PUC was the first private institution of higher learning in Brazil. It is reputed to be one of the top five universities in the country. PUC-Rio is a research university with a strong undergraduate curriculum and many quality graduate programs.
Students live with carefully selected homestay families.
Students have the option of getting involved with the local community through volunteer projects, and through campus groups and activities.
As mentioned above, the program begins with a four-week Intensive language program, with a week long component that focuses on Afro-Brazilian culture that is held in Salvador da Bahia. Students live in local homestays during the orientation period.
Full Year: early July - June 30
Fall Semester Only: early July- mid-December
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All students should consult the OGP eligibilty page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.