The Catholic University of America

Rio de Janeiro

with IES Abroad

Dates  |  Introduction  |   Academics   |   Accommodation   |   Costs   |   Eligibility   |   How to Apply


Fall 2014: August 13 - December 12
Spring 2015: February 18 - June 12


The new IES Abroad Rio program will leverage 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.


Academics and Curriculum

Students will enroll in English-taught courses or Portuguese-taught courses (for students fluent in Portuguese) in a variety of disciplines, along with one required Portuguese language course. The study of Brazilian art, music, literature, and film will also be fundamental parts of the student learning experience.

Students can also enroll in courses at Ibmec, one of Latin America's most prestigious business schools, or at ESPM, one of the top institutions in Brazil for marketing, journalism, and public relations. With courses in Business Administration, Economics, International Relations, and Law, admission is extremely competitive for Brazilian students. Classes are small (usually fewer than 20 students) and the faculty have advanced degrees from top institutions. 


Students attending the Spring 2013 semester will be able to take one course at Ibmec, in combination with their IES Abroad courses. The following English-taught courses will be available to our students:

• International Economics & Finance
• Global Issues & Public Policies
• Regional Studies - BRICS
• Topics on International Trade & Logistics
• International Marketing
• International Business

Advanced Spanish speakers with at least 4 semesters of Spanish can take an intensive Portuguese language course that will enable them to directly enroll in Portuguese-taught courses once the university semester begins.


Students also have the ability to enroll in internship or service learning programs. Only those students with high Portuguese proficiency will be able to intern in Rio, while service learning opportunities will be open to all. Several field trips will also be organized during the program.


Accommodation and Meals

Students may choose between two housing options in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Homestays- Located in the southern part of the city, homestays generally house one to two students. Internet access is available. Homestay families are paid, and IES Abroad has a careful screening process in place to ensure that they are committed to the cultural experience of the students. IES abroad follows up with the homestay families and the students regularly throughout the semester to ensure that they are happy with their placement. Nine meals per week are included.


Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application
Program Cost: Full-time CUA tuition and a $5,000 program fee to cover most overseas expenses.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to IES Abroad upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.

  • CUA tuition and balance of program fee ($4,500) is charged to the student's CUA student account.

CUA Students are strongly encouraged to apply for IES Abroad Scholarships.

What's included
• Tuition
• Housing and some meals if in homestay or residence hall (no meals in apartment)
• Some field trips
• IES Abroad on-site staff support
• On-site orientation and all pre-departure advising and services in the US.
• Health & emergency evacuation insurance

Round-trip airfare, extra meals, passport, visa, extra field trips and excursions, and personal expenses are not included. Contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.



For eligibility requirments, please see the general eligibility criteria.  


How to Apply

All applicants must follow the CUAbroad application guidelines and submit the CUAbroad online application with all required supplementary documentation. For details, please click on the How to Apply guidelines link.

Additional application materials to submit to CUAbroad:
IES Online application
• For Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 only, the IES Professor Recommendation Form, and a personal essay addressing your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, and goals for studying abroad.


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1


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