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.
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 can also enroll in one English-taught course at a local university where you will experience first-hand the Brazilian educational system in disciplines like business, marketing, journalism, or public relations. Maybe you’ll even make some Brazilian friends while you’re at it! Advanced Spanish speakers with at least four semesters of Spanish may be able to take a Portuguese-taught course 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. Welcome to study abroad!
We want you to feel at home in Brazil, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Rio by providing you with the resources to maximize your time living and learning abroad. Become familiar with the local cultural environment and build professional relationships with Brazilians by enrolling in our internship or service learning programs. These are unique opportunities for building your international resume.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer 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.
You take 15–19 credit hours per semester.
You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:
You may take only one course at a partner university.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
You are required to take a Portuguese language course and at least one partner university course.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
Centrally located in downtown Rio on the famous Avenida Presidente Wilson, Ibmec is one of Latin America's most prestigious business schools. Classes are small (usually fewer than 20 students), admission is extremely competitive, and faculty have advanced degrees from top institutions.
The following English-taught courses were offered at Ibmec in Fall 2013:
If you have studied Portuguese or advanced Spanish, you may also be able to enroll in any Portuguese-taught course at Ibmec.
Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM)Over the past 62 years, ESPM has become one of the top institutions in Brazil for marketing, journalism, and public relations.
ESPM’s Rio campus, close to historic Rio and many cultural attractions, offers degrees in the management and marketing of entertainment and sports, business administration, communications, public relations, graphic design, journalism, and international relations. English-taught courses are offered in many of these fields for Brazilian students at ESPM, and classes are small and interactive. Classes offered for IES Abroad students vary per semester and are not guaranteed.
Along with offering high-quality professional education and training, ESPM also encourages its students to become socially, economically, culturally, and environmentally conscious citizens.
Instituto Europeo di Design (IED)
Founded in 1966, IED has its headquarters in Milan and operates in many cities of Italy, Spain, China and Brazil. The Rio de Janeiro branch occupies one of the most important landmarks in the city, the old Casino of Urca.
IED has established itself as a leading school in the fields of Design, Fashion and Visual Communication. Its mission is to offer young creatives a thorough training -- both theoretical and practical -- and hand them the "Design Knowledge and Mindset" that will accompany them throughout their lives. The school offers courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as advanced training courses for professionals in the field.
You may take a course in Portuguese or a course in English at IED. The joint English-taught course, Rio, Design & the City will be available for enrollment in Fall 2014.
While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market.
Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. Participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Proficiency in Portuguese or advanced Spanish is required for all internship placements.
Our service learning placements involve completing community service by working with a social service, governmental, or non-profit agency. In turn, this placement helps you better understand Brazil while exposing you to possible career options as you lend your skills and talents to local organizations.
From volunteering at a health and social development organization like Fundação Oswaldo Cruz to assisting at Viva Rio—whose mission is to foster peace through social inclusion—service learning placements allow you to engage in activities that address specific community needs in Rio while also building your practical skills. In a society that is developing rapidly but where many people still live below the poverty line, this is an especially important endeavor.
In addition to placements in service agencies, the service learning program also enables you to get involved in service projects with Brazilian students.
Proficiency in Portuguese or advanced Spanish is preferred for most service learning placements; a limited number of English-speaking placements are available.
IES Abroad Rio organizes field study that complements our courses and contributes to a general knowledge of Brazilian culture and society, such as:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rio, it will feel like home.
Homestays – Located in the southern part of the city, homestays generally house one to two students. Internet access is available.
Part of making you feel at home in Rio is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
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. You will also delve into local culture through activities to help you learn about and make the most of your new surroundings.
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.
In the Spring, orientation culminates with a two-day trip to Ilha Grande, an island with one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. Fall students take this trip towards the end of the semester to prepare for re-entry to their home culture.
After orientation, you begin an intensive Portuguese language class, which you will be placed into based on your skill level.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Rio through our cultural events, such as:
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 Salvador de Bahia and Ilha Grande, and you may 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 second longest river in the world.
Salvador de Bahia
You will fly to Salvador de Bahia, a city which is bursting with color and the beat of drums. It boasts 50km of coastline and a beach culture that dominates the city. You will eat feijoada and learn to move to Capoeira.
You 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.
The IES Abroad Center is located in Urca, a quiet neighborhood of 7,000 residents situated between Copacabana and Botafogo. Urca sits at the foot of Sugar Loaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar), one of Rio’s most famous landmarks at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay. The Center is within easy access via public transportation from our homestays and other partner universities within the city.
Octavio di LeoIES Abroad Director
Octavio di Leo holds a M.A., M.Phil ., and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Yale University, where he studied with and served as an editorial assistant for the well-known literary and cultural critic, Harold Bloom. Dr. di Leo has taught at Yale University, the Free University of Berlin, the Technological University of Berlin, and the University of Buenos Aires. He has also collaborated in Rome with the German composer H.W. Henze in the writing of his memoirs and a puppet opera for the Münchner Biennale. Dr. di Leo has been with IES Abroad since 2003, first as Academic Dean in IES Abroad Barcelona, then as Director of IES Abroad Rome, and now as the Director of IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro. He is a published poet, a literary critic, and a skilled translator.
Alison MedinaStudent Affairs Coordinator
Ilana CacAdministrative Coordinator