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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Brazil: Culture, Community, and Language at PUC-Rio program offers you an immersive cultural and academic experience at the internationally-recognized Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), with Portuguese language instruction at all levels of proficiency and knowledge.

Program learning objectives:

  • Engage with various issues in contemporary Brazil through coursework, voluntary community service, and independent study that incorporates fieldwork.
  • Advance your knowledge and use of Portuguese language through training that is offered from beginning to advanced levels.
  • Acquire the intercultural skills you need to live in Rio de Janeiro and to reflect on your own cultural identity and values.

When you complete the program, you should be able to explain important questions about the complexity of contemporary Brazilian society based on your coursework and firsthand experiences and observations, demonstrate significant progress in understanding and expressing yourself in Portuguese, and practice a daily routine in Rio with comfort and confidence.