Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

City: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil
About: Puc-rio was the first private higher education institution in the country, created by the catholic church. It was founded in 1940 by cardinal D. Sebastião Leme and father Leonel Franca S.J. Beyond providing education, Puc-rio undertook the task of assisting the community, based on Christian ethical values, solidarity and human respect. It represents a space for achievement, overcoming challenges and development of its students. Puc-rio is a non-profit philanthropic institution. It is thus a catholic university based in Christian humanistic principles.
It welcomes students, staff members, teachers, researchers and administrators of all religions, nationalities, ethnic groups and social classes. The referential starting-point of puc-rio is the complete development of the human being in two main perspectives: the philosophical and the theological. Puc-rio is, above all, a community of people, teachers, students and staff members united by a common interest in seeking the truth and acting in accordance with the needs of the society and with the ever changing world around us.

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  • Undergraduate classes taught in English have a content based on aspects, such as: culture, literature, business, design, anthropology, sociology, international relations, engineering and history.
  • Course catalogue
  • Credit load: minimum of 12 credits, including required Portuguese classes

Special conditions: all international students are required to study Portuguese as a foreign language.