Exchange Program-Brazil


About PUC-Rio
PUC-Rio is a private, non-profit Catholic University.  It was created in 1941 with a few hundred students on a small campus.  Over the years PUC-Rio has grown.  Today university has 10,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students.  The university has expanded its campus with student facilities.  There are four libraries and a modern computer center.  Close to campus there are a variety of shops and restaurants.  Students can find more information on PUC-Rio at their website, found above.

Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Website: or for more information regarding exchange: click here.

Academics Available:  PUC-Rio offers courses taught in English, subjects including: Business, Communication, Art and International Relations.  Students who wish to study Portuguese must take a placement test to assess fluency.  Also, students who wish to study Portuguese are expected to pay an additional fee.  Students can view the courses taught in English by clicking the following hyperlink: PUC-Rio courses.

All students who are not fully proficient in the language must take Portuguese As a Second Language classes, which are taught at 5 levels during the regular semester. In addition to these semester-long classes, those who have not taken Portuguese classes before or need to improve their proficiency in the language  can  attend an Ptre- intensive language program that the PUC-Rio offers to the exchange students before the regular semester (in January and July). The Intensive course is not mandatory and it is a fee pay tuition course because is an summer/winter course. Please see the prices on the link:

Students with advanced Spanish can take regular courses in Portuguese once they have completed the Early Start Program.

Students can also elect to take Intensive Portuguese for the semester and courses related to Brazilian culture designed for foreigners if they do not feel proficient enough for regular courses.

International students  have  the opportunity to take classes In English at PUC-Rio and learn Portuguese too. The courses taught in English have a undergraduate contest base on  Brazilian and Latin American Aspects, such  as:  Culture, literature, business, design, civilization and  History, among others; Along with the courses, Internationals Students must  attend Portuguese as a Second Language.

The application  forms  and  more information are  available in our website:

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

May 15th

August 1 - December 14

Spring Semester

October 15th

Feburary 27 - July 2

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • English fluency; some Spanish is preferred

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations:  Students are placed in family homes which are located near the university.  Each student has his/her own private room in a family home recommended by CCCI.  Access to kitchen and laundry facilities and telephone is to be arranged by the student with the host family.  The Home-stay assignments are based on a first come, first serve basis. Thus, the number of host families are limited.

For further information on housing click here.

Currency:  The current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  Participants need a proper visa, prior to entering Brazil. Students can contact the Consulate of Brazil at 235-0571 or e-mail  U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at

A brief description of the student visa process can be found at

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
Skype: melissa.matsubara