- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 2 semesters of college-level Portuguese, or 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)
Students must take at least 15 credits, consisting of the required semester Portuguese as a Second Language course, and elective courses taught in Portuguese or English at CIEE or the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).
Academic Year: beginning of August-late June
Fall: beginning of August -mid December
Spring: late February-late June
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Rio de Janeiro is all about living large. It’s the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The most visited city in the southern hemisphere, Rio is known for its natural beauty, Carnival celebrations, samba and other local musical styles, and renowned beaches. Rio’s iconic landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest soccer stadiums.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.