Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It’s no small wonder that Rio is the most visited city in South America: home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Rio is also famous for its gorgeous beaches, its colorful Carnaval celebration, and as the home of the seventh-largest library in the world. Rio’s stature as a world city will only continue to grow, as it will host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. This brilliant cultural capital is the perfect setting in which to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the Portuguese language and the Brazilian people.
Rio is often called “the quintessential college town” of Latin America. Students attend classes at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), consistently ranked as one of the finest institutions of higher education in Brazil. PUC-Rio’s campus is situated alongside a national forest, whose gorgeous river and mountain views connect campus buildings with Brazil’s spectacular natural landscape. Classes will be taught by Boston University faculty with expertise in Portuguese language and Brazilian history, culture, and society.
Housing is provided at Bonita, located in the heart of Ipanema. Beaches, restaurants, and cultural sites are within walking distance from the residence. Excursions to various sites throughout Rio are integrated into the language-learning program.