Pontifica Universidade de Rio de Janeiro - PUC Rio
Selected programs:
Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
Other locations: none
Institution Description
Recognized worldwide as one of the most important doctoral research centers in the country, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private non-profit Catholic University, was founded in 1940 with the objective of developing knowledge based on humanistic values. The university now has 20,000 students who come from a variety of religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
PUC-RIO is located in Gávea, a charming neighborhood near the forest and beaches of the Zona Sul area of Rio de Janeiro. Its campus is beautifully situated within a tropical forest, surrounded by lush trees and with a small stream running through it. Visitors and students can often see small monkeys and squirrels jumping among the trees.

  • Complete infrastructure and natural beauty!
  • Located in a pleasant and quiet neighborhood;
  • Large libraries with access to over 500,000 titles; 
  • Free Internet access provided (broadband and wireless);
  • Restaurants, cafeterias, bookstores and ATMs on campus;
  • Community service projects with underprivileged population;
  • Cultural center with art exhibitions throughout the year;
  • The PILOTIS, an open meeting area for concerts, political debates and fairs;
  • A large number of city bus lines make it easy to get to campus.