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Portuguese as a Seconde Language at PUC-Rio
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International Students

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People who speak Spanish with average fluency can communicate in Portuguese and are able to attend regular courses at PUC-RIO after taking an Intensive Pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course!

The Department of Letters at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro offers PORTUGUESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE via regular and intensive courses. The objective of these courses is to develop the student's ability to understand, speak, read and write Portuguese in both formal and informal situations. This program also prepares international students to attend regular University courses in all academic areas, including History, Anthropology, Literature, International Relations, Engineering, among others.

There are five proficiency levels offered in the Portuguese as a Second Language program. Level I, II and III consist of 90 hours of instruction per term (6 hours per week), corresponding to 6 academic credits. Level IV and V consist of 60 hours of instruction per term (4 per week) corresponding to 4 academic credits.

Attention: In Brazil, a 1 hour/class corresponds to 50 minutes.

Level I - BEGINNER
Level II - INTERMEDIATE I
Level III - INTERMEDIATE II
Level IV - ADVANCED I
Level V - ADVANCED II

In order to place candidates according to their proficiency in the Portuguese Language, students must take a mandatory PLACEMENT TEST which is available online. Candidates who test above Level V will be allowed to attend the university's regular undergraduate introductory Portuguese Language courses.


Academic Calendar

All levels of Portuguese as a Second Language are offered each year during both academic terms: 1st term: March - July; 2nd term: August - December. (Please see the University's Calendar)

Students are also allowed to enroll in other classes at PUC-RIO according to their academic interest and Portuguese level of proficiency.


Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course

Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Courses is also offered twice a year: January/February and July (not included in the annual tuition).

The Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language intensive course consists in 90 hours of instruction per month.

REMEMBER THAT THE PRE-TERM PORTUGUESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE INTENSIVE COURSE DOES NOT PROVIDE ACADEMIC CREDITS OR TRANSCRIPTS. Students who take the intensive course will receive at the end of the month a certificate of completion with the final grade achieved.

Students who intend to register for the Intensive Pre-Term Portuguese course AND the following regular term at PUC-Rio will have to comply with all the requirements of each academic period.

PORTUGUESE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (I & II) are also offered as regular courses.


DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING ONLINE APPLICATION FORMS:

May 15th and October 15th

Online application:
http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/forms-hp.html


TO APPLY
: Interested students must contact CCCI by mail or E-mail and fill out the complete application form as well as mail the required documents  Please visit the following website to fill out the online application, see the required documents to send and for more information: http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/forms-hp.html

When the applicant is accepted, CCCI will send a LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE that will enable him/her to obtain a visa at a Brazilian Consulate. CCCI will also send information regarding course fees and the academic and International Student Calendar, if available, for the period in which the student wishes to study at PUC-Rio.

VISA: A student visa is not required for the Intensive Pre-term course if the student does not intend to stay at PUC-Rio during the following regular semester term. Visas must be obtained BEFORE the student´s entrance in Brazil. A tourist visa cannot be transferred into a student visa once inside the country.

PRICES:  Exchange and Special students pay the same price for the Pre-term Intensive Portuguese Course. Follow this link for more information:

http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/fees_tuition.html

For more information on:
Housing: http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/housing.html

Important information for 2014-2 attendance:

As most of you may already know, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th 2014. Rio de Janeiro, where Maracanã stadium is located, will be hosting some matches, including the final match.

Besides the fact that an event of this size and magnitude will bring an enormous number of tourists and visitors to our country and city, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will overlap the beginning of our Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language course, which starts on July 2nd 2014.

In order to maintain the program as planned and to have it adequate to these circumstances, some important  adjustments may became necessary and  may informed at any time until the beginning of the Intensive program. Possible change in class schedule during the games is expected. We will inform students about any changes before the beginning of the course.

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