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CASA Rio de Janeiro

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CASA Rio de Janeiro


Program terms: Fall, Full Academic Year, Spring
Restrictions: Vanderbilt applicants only
Type of Program: Study Center/University Hybrid
Costs: Budget Sheets
Academic Calendar: Extends into Summer Months
Key Dates:
Term Application Deadline Program Dates
Full Academic Year 2024 02/21/2024 To be determined
Fall 2024 02/21/2024 To be determined

CASA Rio de Janeiro will not be offered in the Fall of 2023.

This program, offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), allows novice to advanced Portuguese students the opportunity to study at Brazil’s premier private university, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC Rio), located in Rio de Janeiro. The program offers both and English and Portuguese tracks for different levels of language proficiency. A wide range of academic subjects are available, and students will also have the opportunity to advance their skill in Portuguese through coursework, daily practice with native speakers in a homestay, and travel. Students will have multiple excursions and day-trips, including a week-long trip to the state of Bahia focused on Afro-Brazilian history and culture.

Special Immersive Opportunities

Opportunities for internships and volunteer work, as well as certain types of research, are available. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a research project focused on the topic of Historical Memory.

What is CASA?

CASA is a consortium of leading comprehensive research universities including Vanderbilt University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Pennsylvania. CASA focuses on offering rigorous, high-quality study abroad opportunities in select locations around the world.


For more information, visit program homepage.

Fact Sheet

Housing: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Language prerequisite: No
Additional prerequisites: N/A
Costs: Budget Sheets
Student contacts: Peer alumni

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