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Coordenação Central de Cooperação Internacional

Incoming Students

Brazilian Seminars

The Central Coordination for International Cooperation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio is proud to announce the fifth edition of the Brazilian Seminars.

On campus and Online: July 07–22, 2022

Watch again: "Virtual Info. Session"

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General Information

The Brazilian Seminars developed by PUC-Rio is an international summer school which provides students, young scholars and international administrators with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Brazil.

It’s an interdisciplinary program meant to give a broad perspective of Brazilian issues which are currently in the global scenario.

The 2022 edition will be offered both on campus and online.
Lectures will be recorded and will be available for a limited time for all participants.

On Campus & Online

12 business days, 19 lectures
Mark your calendar for July 07-22

Replays Available for 48 hours
Watch the lectures when it's convenient for you.

On campus program – 60h:

The academic component in class has 52h divided in a core section of 46h, that is mandatory for all the students, and 2 different modules of 6h each, from which participants can choose.

Technical visits (8h) are offered to promote the encounter of the academic theory with the real life of companies and entrepreneurs located in Rio. Students will have the chance to interact with people in management position providing significant insights about doing business in Brazil.

Cultural and social activities will complement the Brazilian experience.

It is possible to combine the on campus Brazilian Seminars program with 20h or 40h of Portuguese language.


Online Program – 52h:

The online program will have the same load of academic activities: 52h divided in a core section of 46h, that is mandatory for all the students, and 2 different modules of 6h each, from which participants can choose.

Module 1 - Environmental issues and energy
Module 2 - Business and Entrepreneurship

The classes will be broadcasted in real time (synchronous sessions) so that participants can interact with the lecturer and other attendees.

NO technical visits, cultural and/or social activities will be offered remotely.

OPPORTUNITY: combine the BRAZILIAN SEMINARS with 20h or 40h of Portuguese language. A great number of cultural and social activities are included in both options.

The idea of offering the program both onsite and online in real time is to promote the interaction of participants that are not only in the classroom, but from all over the globe. This cultural diversified setting shall stimulate a melting pot of different ideas and points of view, that will reverberate in the discussions that will take place during the lectures.


Primarily undergraduate and graduate students, or professionals interested in learning more about Brazil.

Brazilian Seminars` Course Content

52h of online academic activities - lectures on the following themes:

  • Brazilian arts, culture & music
  • Brazilian history: from Brasilia`s foundation to the current years
  • Doing business in Brazil, entrepreneurship & start-ups
  • Education: policies and challenges
  • Favelas in Rio
  • Environmental issues and renewable energy
  • Media and democracy in Brazil and Latin America
  • Social inclusion and social movements
  • Race relations, migration flows and the formation of the Brazilian people
  • Trending topics in Brazilian politics, BRICS and international relations
  • The Brazilian agenda of economic development
  • Urban planning, mobility and integration


- The academic activities are composed of 19 lectures and a course essay.

- Lectures have a duration of 2 or 3 class-hours.

- 1 class-hour in Brazil corresponds to a session of 50 minutes.

- Academic activities will be delivered observing the Brazilian time standard.

Lectures and activities will be conducted in English
(proficiency in the language must be Intermediate or higher)

Lectures will be conducted online in English (proficiency in the language must be Intermediate or higher)

Practical Information (on campus program)

Pratical Information - online program

Recordings of all the lectures will be available for 48h – watch when it`s convenient for you and send questions and comments to the professors.


On campus program fee (2022)

Online Program fee (2022)


Participants of the on campus Brazilian Seminars may take advantage of our Brazilian homestay program. Availability is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. But, we will certainly try to select a very nice place according to your profile.

General terms and conditions

ECTS/University Credits

After the successful participation of the program, participants will receive a certificate of attendance with the total number of hours dedicated to the academic activities, technical visits (if applicable), and grade.

Nonetheless, it is up to the participant`s home institution to conduct the credits approval process and decide if/how the credits will be awarded.

Withdrawals and non-attendance / refund policy

In order to withdraw from the programme your request should be made in writing.

You will receive a written formal acknowledgement of your withdrawal.

A refund for tuition fees which you have paid will be issued within thirty (30) calendar days of such acknowledgement.

All refunds are made considering the amount received in Brazilian Reais. Participants will not be refunded by any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations, or be compensated for any bank or other charges incurred.

Bank charges may apply.

We operate the following policy for refunds:

  On Campus Program Online Program
Date of Withdrawal Tuition Fee Refund Tuition Fee Refund
At least 30 calendar days before Commencement Date 90%(*) 90%
16-29 calendar days before Commencement Date 75% 90%
06-15 calendar days before Commencement Date 50% 90%
01-05 calendar days before Commencement Date 50% 75%
After Commencement Date No refund No refund
(*) includes refund of homestay application fee (if applicable). No refund of homestay application fee will be done after this period.

No refund will be given for withdrawal after the course start date unless an official exception is granted based on compassionate grounds, such as a death in the family, or a medical emergency. In such cases a written request for refund, accompanied by appropriate documentation from a third party must be submitted.

The Commencement Date refers to the date on which we begin to run events or teaching – for the Portuguese Survival course or the Brazilian Seminars, according to the applicants` program option.

In times of the coronavirus, PUC-Rio offers its participants special cancellation policies:


The Brazilian Seminars program is offered at PUC-Rio by the Central Coordination for International Cooperation. Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of our program. While every endeavor will be made to provide the academic and cultural activities and services described, PUC-Rio reserves the right to make changes whenever appropriate for reasons of operational efficiency or due to circumstances beyond its control.

PUC-Rio shall not be liable for any failure or delay in the performance, in whole or part, of any of our obligations arising from or attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond our reasonable control, including - but not limited to - strikes, lock-outs or other social disputes (whether involving our workforce or the workforce of any other party), act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm, pandemics, epidemics or other outbreaks of disease or infection, failure in the public supply of electricity or telecommunications equipment.

More information: curtaccci@puc-rio.br

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Rio de Janeiro - RJ - BRASIL

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