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IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro - Study Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: IES 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email
Courses Offered: Anthropology, English, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Film, History, International Studies, Music, Portuguese, Sociology
Program Description:
Why Rio?

IES Abroad strives to provide premier study abroad programs for U.S. students that deliver the highest quality education while simultaneously promoting development of intercultural competence. Placing the interests of our students first, to the delivery of superior academic programs, and to providing excellent service to our students and educational partners around the world: these are our highest priorities. We dare you not to fall in love with Rio. The friendliness of the Cariocas, the beauty of the ocean, the miles of stunning beaches, and the sound of samba in the air will enchant you. IES offers courses in Portuguese Language, History, and Culture, as well as other topics, taught by local professors. Course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day.

Academic Highlights

This program leverages Brazil’s rich history and culture, the academic excellence of the local universities, its booming economy, and the unmatched opportunities for living and learning in one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating cities. You enroll in English-taught IES Abroad courses in a variety of disciplines, along with a Portuguese language course. The study of Brazilian art, music, literature, and film will also be fundamental parts of your learning experience. You will also enroll in one or more courses at Ibmec (a leading business school) or ESPM (one of the top institutions in Brazil for marketing, journalism, and public relations), where you will experience first-hand the Brazilian educational system.  Maybe you’ll even make some Brazilian friends while you’re at it! There will be partner univeristy course offerings in English. Advanced Spanish speakers with at least four semesters of Spanish may be able to take Portuguese-taught courses at a local university after taking an intensive Portuguese language course during the program orientation period. Rio will also be your classroom. Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city through course-related field studies to sites of historical, artistic, and cultural interest. From shopping in a local grocery store to navigating the transportation system, everything you do will be part of your learning experience. This program utilizes the same grading scale and credit system as the USA.

New Courses:
 Emerging Economies Multi-Location Program in Santiago & Rio 
Starting Fall 2015, we’re offering a new multi-location program, Emerging Economies: Santiago & Rio, that is designed for students interested in economics, sociology, political science, and business.

Student Life

The program begins with a multi-day orientation that introduces you to our Rio staff, your fellow students, and the city of Rio. Topics such as academics, housing,  transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. After orientation, you begin an intensive Portuguese language class, which you will be placed into based on your skill level. Although your adventure begins in Rio, our field trips take you to other great places in Brazil to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Rio. Your program fee covers the trips to Minas Gerais and Ilha Grande, and you can opt to participate in the Amazon trip for an additional fee. Fly to Manaus, the queen city of Amazonas, to experience nature and human life along the most powerful river in the world. Minas Gerais: one of the most fascinating regions in the country for its rich history and culture, you will visit Ouro Preto, take the old train between Tiradentes and São João del-Rei, and appreciate the unique artworks of Brazilian Baroque. Ilha Grande: travel by boat to this island 60 miles south of Rio. Ilha Grande is a rustic natural reserve with some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, and many hiking trails through the forest. 

Living in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil beckons! Covering almost half of South America, Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile—imagine what you can see! Because the equator runs right through this beautiful country, the climate is typically warm and tropical, but subtropical in the south. Brazil has a diverse geography. From mountain ranges, and the largest rainforest in the world to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil  possesses a stunning variety of landscapes. Not to mention, Brazil is also home to the Amazon,  whose waters hold 20% of the world’s fresh water! Not only is Brazil geographically abundant, it is also culturally rich. When you arrive, you will be greeted in Portuguese (the country’s official language) by some of the warmest and friendliest people on earth. As a study abroad student, you won’t stand out in the crowd—Brazil is a very multiethnic country that is home to an eclectic mix of races, religions, and values. Studying abroad in Brazil will give you the opportunity to meet, learn, and work with Brazilians, while refashioning your own identity. Living and learning in Rio will change your life.

People living in Rio de Janeiro are commonly referred to as Cariocas, a term derived from the name which Tupi Indians gave the houses first built by Portuguese settlers. The term does not only refer to the local population but includes everybody who has lived in Rio for a while and has taken up the relaxed way of life in Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is almost impossibly marvellous, with its curving white beaches and city neighbourhoods studded with green-shrouded mountains, all facing the blue depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is being transformed, as a booming economy and decreasing crime rates attract those who like to work and play hard. From the city streets during February’s Carnival to afternoons on Copacabana Beach, life here is infused with the sounds of samba and the search for the good life. The city, like the rest of Brazil, is booming, not only due to the recent discovery of off-shore oil fields, but also because two huge global events are happening in Rio over the next few years. The city just hosted the 2014 World Cup finals and will present the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Rio is also experiencing massive construction projects, including the rehabbing of neighbourhoods, transport and sporting venues. Living in Rio de Janeiro makes for a rich cultural experience between mountains, beaches, and urban cityscapes. To get the best out of your expat experience in tropical Rio, read our guide on living in Rio de Janeiro for info on the locals, as well as healthcare, education, and transportation. 

Virtual Tour – From breathtaking panoramas from atop Sugarloaf to homestays and our Center, check out the virtual tour of what students will experience in Rio.


While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.