PUC-Rio Pontifíca Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Year of foundation: 1940
Approx. number of students: 17,900
Period of study: Mid August-Mid December; Mid February-Mid July
MCI partner since: 2014

The City

Rio de Janeiro is with 6.5 million inhabitants the second largest city in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

The University

The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, often abbreviated as PUC-Rio) is a major private and non-profit Catholic university. It is maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro and the Society of Jesus. PUC-Rio is widely acclaimed for its local excellence in Law, Engineering, Computer science, Psychology, Economics, Business and International Relations. The University is also known for its free cultural aspect. It has always tried to bring in the broadest types of students in order to foster and develop diversity amongst its student body. PUC-Rio has been responsible for the formation and education of many professionals who have become influential and important characters of Brazilian society.

In the past few years PUC-Rio has been developing international exchange programs with universities all over the world. Universities such as Harvard, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Brown University and many other European centers have participated in the program, which is responsible for the exchange of hundreds of students every year.