Michael M., Brazil – PUC Rio (Earth Science / Civil Engineering)

I spent 6 months studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro and ever since I’ve been counting down the days until I can go back -Saudades- ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I was taking civil engineering courses in Portuguese which included field work as well … More Michael M., Brazil – PUC Rio (Earth Science / Civil Engineering)

Levi S., Brazil- Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies)

ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took classes on a variety of subjects, including Ecology, Brazilian Culture and History, and Globalization. I felt that the classes, while more relaxed, were also more participatory than at UCSB, and the students were involved in a sort … More Levi S., Brazil- Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies)

Dasia D., Brazil- Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? My biggest fears were not getting along with my homestay family and not being able to make friends. My homestay was great, she gave me lots of tips on staying safe and getting around the city. It would not … More Dasia D., Brazil- Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies)

Maddie Asta, Brazil, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies & Economics)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? My biggest fears about studying abroad were that I would not be able to communicate with anyone because my Portuguese was not good enough and that I would hate my homestay. However, both of these fears turned out to … More Maddie Asta, Brazil, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Global Studies & Economics)