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First colonized by Portugal in 1500, Brazil is South America’s largest country and boasts one of the world’s most sizable economies. Located in its southeast region, Rio de Janeiro impresses visitors with its climate, topography, and cosmopolitan flair. A breathtaking view of this “cidade maravilhosa” can be appreciated from the top of Corcovado mountain, site of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Home to over seven million people, Rio has a vibrant art, theater, and music scene and is a tropical paradise offering fifteen miles of pristine beaches and coastal mountains.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Brazil have the choice of a semester or academic year at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), one of the most important centers of research and learning in Latin America.

Approved External Programs

Boston College has over 60 BC programs around the world. To accommodate those students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.

Please note that if Boston College has a contractual agreement with an institution abroad, BC students may attend that institution only through a BC program and not through direct enrollment or through another college, university or independent organization.

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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Brazil, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Brazil, your advisor is Patrick O'Donnell.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Patrick, please click here.


Christ the Redeemer under partially cloudy skies

Currency in Brazil

Brazil’s currency is the real (hay-ow; often written R$); the plural is reais (hay-ice). 

It is important to remember that reais and dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Brazil, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Federative Republic of Brazil. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Brazilian city from afar

Language & Customs

Language in Brazil is one of the strongest aspects of their natural character. Almost 100% of the population speaks Portuguese and, while many Brazilians receive some English language instruction, students studying in Brazil should learn and speak the local language.

Brazilian customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

Visa Information

Passport/Visa information

**Please note that it is necessary to get the following visa: VITEM IV: Student Visa

Students will receive visa workshop and pre-departure orientation information via e-mail.

All workshops and orientations are mandatory.