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Portuguese Foreign Study Program: Rio de Janeiro

The Department offers one Foreign Study Program to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil every other year starting Winter 2015. The city of Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa, or "Marvelous City".

Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country and is headquarters to two of Brazil's major companies - Petrobrás and Vale, and major oil and telephone companies in Brazil, as well as the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, Rio is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 20% of national scientific production.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, Samba, Bossa Nova, balneário beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ("Cristo Redentor") atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums. The 2016 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, which will mark the first time a South American, Portuguese-speaking nation and a third Southern Hemisphere city hosts the event. On August 12, 2012, at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Mayor Eduardo Paes received the Olympic Flag, via Jacques Rogge, from London Mayor Boris Johnson. Rio's Maracanã Stadium hold the final of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Brazil's first streak to host and will host again the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Rio de Janeiro also hosted World Youth Day in July 2013.

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Last Updated: 8/9/13