Experience one of the most vibrant cities in the world! Study on a Portuguese course in Rio de Janeiro for spectacular nightlife, immaculate beaches and an infectious joie de vivre. The symbol of Rio is Cristo Redentor (the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer), from which you can enjoy commanding views of this incredible city. Stretched out below you is the buzzing metropolis, bounded by dramatic forested peaks, with small islands breaking up the perfectly blue expanse of the Atlantic.
Rio stood as capital of Brazil for more than two centuries, giving the city a rich historical legacy. Wander through the Centro neighbourhood and find palaces, churches and museums hidden in a sea of skyscrapers. The Lapa neighbourhood, meanwhile, is blessed with beautiful colonial architecture and Rio’s best Samba clubs. Zona Sul is where you can lie back and people-watch on famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio has countless different faces, and you’ll have a great time discovering them all!
Our school in Rio de Janeiro
The Centro area is home to our Portuguese language school, which is close to metro stations, shops, restaurants and everything else you may need. Nearby is the Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, a lavish bank turned art gallery, complete with a bookstore and café. It’s a great place to meet with classmates after your Portuguese lessons!
Inside the school are 10 air-conditioned classrooms, all with TVs and DVD players, where you can learn in comfort. There are computers for student use, as well as free wireless Internet access throughout the building. Directly underneath our school is a café, which is perfect for breaks between lessons.
Courses in Rio de Janeiro
If you learn Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro with our school, your course will cover all aspects of the language: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar.
The Standard and Intensive courses both offer Portuguese lessons in same-level groups. There is a maximum limit of three students per class, so you’ll get plenty of attention from our school’s experienced teachers.
For even more personalised classes, our school runs Private Lessons, comprising 20, 30 or 40 hours of tuition per week. You can decide upon the topics you want to study, as well as when you study. Your teacher can devote all of their time to improving your understanding of Portuguese, so you’re sure to make rapid progress!
The best way to develop your Portuguese language skills is to use the language in everyday situations. Our school’s Live and Learn program, to be taken in conjunction with group or Private Lessons, helps you to do this. You’ll spend two hours each day visiting local points of interests with your tutor, talking to locals and constantly building on your knowledge of Portuguese.
Our school also organises a range of special interest courses, including Portuguese & History and Portuguese & Music programs. If you plan to work in Brazil, or any Portuguese-speaking environment, our school’s Business Portuguese course will be ideal! As well as teaching you business-related vocabulary, the course will give you an insight into the Brazilian economy.
A great way to improve your job prospects is by gaining a qualification in Portuguese. Our school runs a program specifically aimed at preparing you for the only internationally recognised qualification in Portuguese – CELPE.
Another way to improve your CV is by doing some Volunteer Work. With the help of our school, you can work in conservation, mentor young people or teach English. Not only will you be giving something back to the community, but you’ll also put your Portuguese language skills to good use!
Enjoy local hospitality whilst you learn Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro – live with a host family! They’ll provide you with two or three meals a day, as well as all the Portuguese practice you could wish for! All families live in prosperous areas of the city, within easy reach of our school by public transport. Some families can offer you a private bathroom.
If you prefer, you could live with a Brazilian host on a self-catering basis. This option gives you a little more independence, whilst still offering the chance to interact with local Portuguese speakers. For a little more luxury, our school can also arrange accommodation in hotels and apart-hotels.
To give you as much language practice as possible, our school runs an activity program to complement your Portuguese course in Rio de Janeiro. Often you will be given the chance to meet local people for a chat, and there will usually be talks on various aspects of Brazilian life, including cuisine, literature, politics and religion.
Excursions are also organised by the school, helping you discover more of Rio and make friends on the course! Take the cable car to the top of the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain; explore the exhibits at the Modern Art Museum; and see some of Brazil’s amazing plant life at the Botanical Gardens. Of course, a trip to Cristo Redentor, on Corcovado Mountain, is normally also on the agenda!
How to get there
Our school offers airport transfers at a supplementary cost.