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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter, Autumn Semester, Early Fall, Spring Quarter, SpringSemester(W/Sp), Summer A-Term, Winter Quarter, Year (A/W/Sp)
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  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
  • Courses: View UW Course Equivalencies

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Quarter 2020 02/15/2020 02/27/2020 09/28/2020 12/19/2020
NOTE: Earn 20 UW credits for CIEE Open Campus Fall Blocks II + III. To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of May 15th.
Summer A-Term 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/15/2020 07/13/2020
Early Fall 2020 05/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/17/2020 09/26/2020
NOTE: This program is not eligible for financial aid. Earn 10 UW credits during CIEE's Fall Open Campus Block I from 8/17-9/26/2020.
Autumn Semester 2020 05/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/17/2020 12/19/2020
NOTE: Earn 30 UW credits for CIEE Open Campus Fall Blocks I + II + III. To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of May 15th.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Shannon Quinn
Program Information:

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Program Overview

Head south of the equator and discover the colorful and exuberant city of Rio de Janeiro! Experience the city’s stunning natural beauty while advancing your academics on our fully customizable Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Rio, you’ll be located within Villa Aymoré, an early 20th century residential villa renovated into a state-of-the-art urban office space.

Stay in Rio the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Unique Experiences


by breathtaking landscapes. Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by mountains and sea resting between the Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic ocean.


yourself in Rio’s rich and diverse arts culture and understand Samba and Carnival beyond the clichés. In Rio, you can go listen to live music locally produced any day of the week!


Rio's modernist architecture. Across the Guanabara Bay lies the city of Niterói where you'll see futurist architecture by Oscar Niemeyer, including the iconic Museu de Arte Contemporânea, shaped like a flying saucer, and the famous Popular Theater of Niterói.

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Your Destination

Rio de Janeiro is all about street life; the social and cultural life of the city is all out in the open. Rio is the third largest metropolitan area in South America and the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. Known for its stunning natural beauty, Carnival celebrations, musical culture, and renowned beaches. Rio’s iconic landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums.

Excursions & Activities

During your study abroad in Rio, you may enjoy some of these activities:

  • Take a Study Tour trip to Salvador da Bahia and discover vibrant Afro-diaspora cultural traditions.
  • See why Brazilians are mad about football by attending a live match at the Maracanã, one of the world´s biggest soccer stadium.
  • Take percussion lessons with professional samba players.
  • Immerse yourself in Rio’s rich local culture during Carnival and many other festivities.
  • Experience a capoeira lesson.
  • Take a hike on one of the many trails through the Atlantic Forest that envelopes the city. You can even hike to the top of Corcovado mountain, where the Christ the Redeemer statues awaits you.

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

Volunteer Opportunities: give back and create a deeper connection to Rio de Janeiro. In a country known for urban poverty, you will gain as much as you give, helping with education, health, or community building. Teach English, foster professional skills in women, and much more.

Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:

Service-Learning: combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

?Research: pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent and local fieldwork.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport pick-up
  • Multi-day on-site orientation – introducing students to Rio de Janeiro's society and culture, and the CIEE academic program.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight study tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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