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Fact Sheet:
Duration: Calendar Year, Semester Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore NC State Students Only: Yes
Program Type: Exchange High Impact Experiences: Internship Opportunities, Research Opportunities, Service-Learning Opportunities
Additional Requirements: Language course requirement for coursework taught in host country langauge. Program Coordinator: Mallory Minnehan
Program Description:
Highlights  The Location
Prosperous Paraná! Although comparatively small in geographical size, Paraná plays a considerably important economic role within Brazil. The citizens of its capital city enjoy on average the highest standard of living in all of Brazil. A safe and relatively inexpensive region, Paraná is bordered by a beautiful coastline to the east, and the world famous Iguaçu Falls to the West.

Progressive Curitiba! The capital city of Curitiba (population 1.5 million) is widely admired throughout Latin America for its progressive policies in health and education, as well as for its land use planning and public transportation systems.   Curitiba is a metropolis like any other: large, modern and cosmopolitan. But unlike some, it is friendly, pleasant and charming. Possessing a well preserved historic quarter and a large pedestrian area in the city center, this is truly a visitor friendly city where one is safe to wander.

The University
PUCPR is one of the best higher education institutions in Brazil and is a comprehensive university that teaches students with a focus on a humanistic approach and intellectual engagement.  Across its 5 campuses, PUCPR offers 64 undergraduate programs, 22 graduate programs, and more than 180 professional certificate programs.   NC State students will study at the largest campus, Curitiba.

PUC-PR is a communitarian, Marist institution and community service is mandatory for all our students. International students who are interested in a project just need to inform PUC-PR at the international office and they will forward them to a responsible advisor who will provide guidance on the application and placement process. Students are informed about this opportunity during orientation. PUC-PR always encourages their international students to do service learning. It's a great opportunity to make new Brazilian friends, learn more about the culture and practice Portuguese, among other personal benefits.


Language Requirements
There is not a language requirement, but PUCPR recommends that students attend at least one semester of Portuguese before starting their exchange program.
During the exchange program, all students are required to take one Portuguese language course. You will be placed into the most appropriate level after a placement test taken during Orientation at PUCPR.

English Semester Program
PUCPR was one of the first higher education institutions in Brazil to offer courses conducted entirely in English to international and local communities. The goal is for the program—which is now available in the schools of Architecture and Design, Business, Communication and Arts, Education and Humanities, Health and Biosciences, Law and Polytechnic—to be extended to all nine schools at the university.

The English Semester allows international students to complete an entire semester of study in English while simultaneously studying Portuguese as a foreign language. The idea is that foreign exchange students will expand their academic experience, interact with Brazilian students, and even be able to work as interns at Brazilian companies.

These initiatives and programs are designed such that our students and international exchange students can experience different cultural perspectives while expanding their overall knowledge and understanding.

Click here for more information about the English Semester Program

The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive.  Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad.  Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.

Undergraduate Research
PUCPR has an excellent undergraduate research program which covers major fields of study. They advise and encourage their international students to discuss their research interests and academic goals with their program directors at PUCPR, during their first interview so they can find ways to engage in research from the beginning of their exchange program, should they decide to pursue this idea.PUCPR also offers an intensive language program prior to the start of classes.  The class is a four-week, 60 hour course.  There is a one-week break between the end of this course and the start of the academic semester.  The cost of this course is not included in the exchange, but is very affordable (approximately $300).

Please note that there is no on-campus housing available at PUCPR.  All students will reside in off campus apartments.  The International Office provides international students with a list of off-campus options and gives them guidance regarding the local rental procedures and policies. This list is available for students as soon as they are admitted at PUCPR and start their travel arrangements.

Travel Documents
All international students need a passport and student visa (VITEM IV) to study at PUCPR. Students should check the Brazilian Consulate/Embassy website at their country of origin where a list of documents that are required for visa application purposes will be available.

Money Matters
  • Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad.
  • For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.?
Semester 1 runs from mid February through the end of June. Semester 2 runs from the last week of July through the first week of December. Students should plan to arrive a week early for the mandatory Orientation. Consult the Academic Calendar for more specific dates.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/08/2018
02/15/2018 07/15/2018 12/10/2018
NOTE: These dates are generic. See information from host university for exact dates.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Spring-Fall 2019 09/15/2018 09/29/2018 TBA TBA

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