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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.4
Housing Option: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Spanish and Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enroll
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Jenny Kraft
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:




This program is designed for students at advanced and superior level Portuguese. Students will complete a required pre-semester month-long intensive Portuguese course (January or July) and then attend semester courses at PUC-Rio, studying with Brazilian students. See calendar here.  
Direct enroll programs require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance designed to cater to the needs of education abroad students from the United States.  
The level of services provided varies widely between institutions, but interested students should be prepared for:
  • Minimal or no U.S.-based staff representing the host institution
  • Basic pre-departure orientation materials
  • International student orientation upon arrival


With a population of approximately 6 million people, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil and South America, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city has a tropical climate, and is famous for its natural settings (The city boasts the largest and second largest urban forests in the world.), its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private non-profit Catholic University. It was founded in 1941 by the Jesuit Company in order to develop knowledge based on humanistic values. Now with approximately 10,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students and 5,000 extension students, PUC-RIO is internationally recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil and one of the two best in Rio de Janeiro.


Students will live with local families. Access to kitchen and laundry facilities are included. Telephone use needs to be arranged between the student and the family. Most families live near the university, within 15 minutes from campus by city bus. Important: The accommodation program is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of host families is limited, thus it is recommended that students apply early.

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Kraft


Courses and Credit

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Students will earn 12-18 hours credit. PUC-Rio course selection requires pre-approval by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Students must complete this process prior to the application deadline. 



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program students must have a 3.4 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Portuguese GPA and have completed the following Portuguese courses: 3401, 3450 and a 4500-level literature or culture course.  Additionally, applicants must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Applicants are required to submit applications to both OIA (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page)  and PUC-Rio by the Ohio State application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will pay the PUC-Rio program fees and International insurance fee. The PUC-Rio fees include airport pick-up, on-site orientation, visa registration assistance, cultural activities and one excursion. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

  • TBD


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed