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Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Status:
Language of Instruction:
English, Portuguese Language Courses Offered: Portuguese
Prior Language Study Required:
None. Willingness to learn other languages and adapt to new cultures is preferred
Academic Subject:
Business and Management, Education, Foreign Languages, Health Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics or Computer Sciences
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) Exchange
 What is the program about?
PUCRS – The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul was established in 1931, with the Higher Education Business and Finance Course. Today, it has about 30 thousand students, more than 145 thousand alumni, 55 options of undergraduate degrees, 24 Master’s degrees, 21 Doctoral degrees, and more than 100 specialization degrees. With more than 60 years of education, the Institution is one of the best in Brazil, being considered the best private University in the South of Brazil and the 3rd in the country according to the 2011 General Index of Courses (IGC) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).

Where does the program take place?
Porto Alegre, Brazil
The capital of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Porto Alegre is in a privileged location. A strategic point for Mercosur, it is at equal distance from Buenos Aires and Montevideo, as well as from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 
The capital of RS provides easy access to federal highways which connect the city to other Brazilian states, Uruguay and Argentina. The city was founded in 1772 by Azorean Portuguese couples. Along the following centuries, the city welcomed immigrants from several nations, particularly German, Italian, Spanish, African, Polish and Lebanese nationals, following Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Muslim religions. The city has an excellent hotel network, modern shopping malls, theaters, universities and a range of international cuisine restaurants.
Porto Alegre has been awarded more than 80 prizes and titles, and it is characterized as one of the best Brazilian capitals to live, study, work, do business and have fun. The capital of RS is one of the greenest cities in the Brazil and it holds one of the highest literacy rates in the country as well. Porto Alegre has been one of the first host cities of the World Social Forum. Besides, it has been selected as one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
When does this program take place?
Fall Semester: August to December
Spring Semester: March to July
What is the program content?
Ball State students are able to enroll in courses at PUCRS in both English or Portuguese  with the option of a 4-credit Portuguese course during the semester of their program. The minimum number of BSU credits per semester to maintain full-time status is 12, but the average student takes 25 PUCRS credits.
Additionally, an intensive course of Portuguese (beginner's level) is offered to the international students before the exchange program at PUCRS. The course takes place in February and in July (morning and afternoon) and costs around US$150.
What is the student accommodation? 
The university does not have accommodation on campus or off campus for students. But, they have an affiliation with Housing Anywhere ( to help students find some possibilities. Each student is responsible for arranging housing on his/her own.
Living expenses (per month):
Housing: US$ 270 (approximately)
Food & Personal expenses: US$ 440 (approximately)
What is included?
All exchange students attending PUCRS pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency and credit hours. Round-trip airfare and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport, HTH insurance, immigration documentation, books, and spending money.

Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications can be downloaded here or from our website and submitted to RCIP.
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
Is a passport and visa required? 
Yes. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States. 
How do I apply? 
Step 1 – Click on "Apply  Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU by the deadline

Whom can I contact for more information? 
Phone:  (765) 285-5422