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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese Areas of Study: Behavioral Sciences, Business & Econ, Engineering & Math, English & Writing, Humanities, IS, Politics & History, Languages & Culture, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
Program Type: CASA, Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Some courses confer Hopkins credit and factor into GPA, while others function as transfer credit
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (CASA-Brazil) provides students with the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC-Rio), one of the top research universities in Brazil. CASA-Brazil harnesses the academic strengths and research ties to Brazil of the full Consortium membership to provide exceptional study abroad experiences to serious students.

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Hopkins Semester/Year Rio de Janeiro
The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

Brazil - Rio Steps
in addition to improving Portuguese language skills, 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.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 emotional and cultural center, life is varied, vibrant, and intense.

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Areas of Study

Track 1: Portuguese language, Latin American Studies

Track 2: In addition to Portuguese language and Latin American Studies, students can take direct enrollment courses across many academic areas, including History, Anthropology, Literature, International Studies, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Art History, Biology, Physics and Engineering.

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DatesChrist the Redeemer Rio

Fall: July to December. Deadline: March 1
Academic Year: July to June. Deadline: March 1
Spring: January to June. Deadline: October 1

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Track 1: 3.0 Cumulative GPA or above; No language requirement

Track 2: 3.0 Cumulative GPA; 4 semesters of college-level Portuguese or the equivalent

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Courses and Credits

The semester begins with a 4-week Language Orientation and Cultural Pro-Seminar (4 credits). the Pro-Seminar will include intensive Portuguese language instruction, cultural and historical lectures, field trips and excursions, and a week in Salvador da Bahia. At the end of the Pro-Seminar, students will take a language placement exam and will enroll in one of two tracks:

Track 1: Beginning and Intermediate Language Students. Students enroll in Portuguese as a Second Language and complement their language study with specialized courses on Brazilian society, history, and culture, delivered in English, by qualified PUC-Rio faculty.

PUC Courses in English
Rio Harbor
Track 2: Students who have completed the equivalent of Intermediate II Portuguese may directly enroll in content courses taught in Portuguese and taken alongside Brazilian students in all academic areas.

Following the 4-credit Pro-Seminar, students typically enroll in an additional 3 courses throughout the semester for a total of 16 credits.

Direct Enrollment Courses

Sample courses

Research Opportunity
Every five years, CASA proposes to carry out a themed research project whose focus strongly resonates across each of the Divisional Center locations. The theme for 2018-2023 is Historical Memory.
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Students pay JHU tuition plus a program fee, which will be billed to the student account. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program.
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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.

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Application Process

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This program is currently not accepting applications.