IES Abroad will close our Rio de Janeiro Center at the end of the Spring 2016 term.
Although we know that Brazil is a unique place, we invite you to consider other IES Abroad programs that might fulfil some of the same academic and personal goals you were hoping to accomplish in Rio.
In the past, students who considered studying in Rio have also considered these other program locations:
What better place to study sports than in one of the most active cities on earth? On any given day in Brazil you can see Cariocas running, surfing, swimming, kayaking, walking, and playing games like soccer, volleyball, and futvolei (soccer/volleyball) on the beach. With a range of sports-related courses, this program is designed to explore the many facets of sports and culture in Rio. For students fluent in Portuguese or Spanish, service learning placements are also available with sports-related institutions whose missions align with our focus on social inclusion through sports.
The greatest athletes in the world will converge in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, and as recent hosts of the World Cup, Rio is clearly a city rooted in sport. A special course will be offered this summer related to the Olympics and its impact on Rio.
Within walking distance of the Center, students can join the gym at the Instituto Benjamin Constant (school for the blind) to use the weights and machines, swimming pool, soccer field, and running track (IES Abroad pays for half the membership). Steps from the Center in Urca is also a small beach—a great location for learning Polynesian canoeing. The Fox Sports Group on Praia Vermelha, also within walking distance, offers marathon training and open water swimming. Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are about a 10-minute ride from the Center, and here students can participate in pick-up games of futvolei, soccer, and volleyball. Around the city, students can also find gyms that offer jiu-jitsu classes, as well as samba dancing classes or capoeira. We also organize hikes throughout the semester so you and your peers can get to know the city better from above.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESAbroad account before booking travel.
You will take two or three courses (3 credits each) for up to 9 credits. A Portuguese language course is required. Other courses include:
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 or 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.
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 South Zone of the city, homestays generally house one to two students typically with a single, older Brazilian woman. You receive breakfast daily plus four meals per week. 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.
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.
After orientation, you begin an intensive Portuguese language class, which you will be placed into based on your skill level.
Advanced Spanish speakers with at least four semesters of Spanish can participate in an intensive Portuguese language course that will enable them to directly enroll in courses at a local university in Portuguese. You will also delve into local culture through activities to help you learn about and make the most of your new surroundings.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Rio through our cultural events, such as:
As part of the program fee, you will spend three days in Minas Gerais, one of the most fascinating regions in the country for its rich history and culture. You will visit Ouro Preto, take the old train between Tiradentes and São João del-Rei, and appreciate the unique artworks of Brazilian Baroque.
About the Center
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 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.
Student Affairs Coordinator
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