Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio)

Rio de Janeiro

Language of instruction


Recognised worldwide as one of the most important research centres in Brazil, PUC-Rio is a private non-profit Catholic University. It welcomes students, staff members, teachers, researchers and administrators of all religions, nationalities, ethnic groups and social classes.

Rio de Janeiro is an exciting city perfectly situated between a lush tropical forest and the Atlantic Ocean. With an intense cultural life, Rio is the perfect place for those who want to immerse themselves in the South American reality.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Term 1 February–July
Semester 2 Term 2 August–December

View PUC Rio's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PUC Rio has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

16 credits per semester at PUC Rio is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PUC Rio.

Portuguese as a Second Language is a mandatory class for all exchange students during the semester.

Find courses

Most courses taught in Brazilian Portuguese - high level of language proficiency required (B2 minimum).

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the PUC Rio course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database, or see the full list of courses taught in English.

Study areas taught in English

Business administration

Course restrictions

PUC Rio has very limited course offering in English.

Additional academic information

Postgraduate: Should you be fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, courses may be available.

PUC Rio has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


PUC Rio does not provide dormitory facilities on-campus but offers an enriched opportunity for students to experience the Brazilian way of life by placing them in a home-stay program.

Cost of living

PUC Rio provides a thorough review of tuition and administrative fees for students. Review the information to see which fees are applicable to exchange students. There is also a guide to the cost of living in Rio de Janeiro to help students budget for their exchange.

Registration Fee: This is a mandatory fee to provide exchange students with a comprehensive package of services and activities during orientation and throughout the academic year. 
This fee covers:

  • Airport Pick up 
  • Guided tour towards Rio de Janeiro 
  • Cultural Orientation 
  • Orientation material 
  • De Para Orientation and assistance.
  • De Para Guided Procedure 
  • PUC-Rio ID Card
  • Assistance with Immigration Documents 
  • International Coordinator Emergency phone assistance 24 /7
  • Psychological Assistance (in case you need) 24hours
  • Police phone assistance only for PUC-Rio's International Students 24 hours 
  • Welcome event 
  • Field Trip to Farm Hotel Arvoredo 
  • Closing Event

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

PUC Rio provide information about various visa options while on exchange.

Contact the Brazillian Embassy and Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.