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Federal University of Rio de Janiero E and B EXC
Rio de Janiero, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 2
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65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework
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Agreement Scope:
Business School
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Federal University of Rio de Janiero - COPPEAD Graduate Business School
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Year established: 1920
Student population: 55,900
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is a public, free university. It’s one of the oldest and most respected higher education institutions in Brazil and the largest university in the federal educational system. It ranks highly, with a strong academic reputation, international faculty and high number of staff with a PhD. 
The University has four campuses in Rio de Janeiro state. Among its facilities are seven museums, including the National Museum, eight university hospitals and the third deepest ocean basin in the world for research on offshore oil exploration. The University is often known locally as Fundão after its main campus, which was created during a major expansion in the twentieth century which saw an entire set of islands on Guanabara Bay merged to create Fundão Island.

Unique characteristics
The COPPEAD Graduate School of Business – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is the only internationally accredited School of Management in the Brazilian public system. It offers a public, free Master’s program accredited by EQUIS and is the only one in Latin American ranked in the world's top 100, according to The Financial Times. The School’s mission is to contribute to Brazil’s development and it is internationally renowned for its research.
One of the most striking cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro stands at the top of the 710m peak of Corcovado, surrounded by forests, beaches, rainforest, lakes and a string of islands. While you’re here you can enjoy the local samba, visit the towering Cristo Redentor (statue of Christ), watch the toucans and monkeys in the streets, sunbathe on Copacabana or Ipanema beach, or get caught up in the frenzy of a local soccer match.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study for exchange students (COPPEAD 2017) at the host university. More information on units of study can be found on the website.

Subject Area/s: 




International Business

Supply Chain


Exclusions: Courses taught in Portuguese, unless language proficiency can be demonstrated and space is available.
Teaching Periods: Terms
The academic year is divided into four 10-week terms. The second, third and fourth terms are open to exchange students. Sydney Abroad recommends that students apply in Semester 2 to attend COPPEAD in Semester 2 of the following year for terms 2 and 3.
Term 2: May - July
Term 3: July - September
Term 4: October - December

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

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The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study. 

The Coppead Full-time MBA is a 700-hour program equivalent to approximately 70 credits, and is divided into 5 terms. The complete program takes 18 months. Students must take a minimum of 60 hours to a maximum of 160 hours per term; Each course-hour requires, on average, 3 hours of preparation, self-study and homework. For 60 course-hours (for example, 3 courses of 20 hours each), students will need 180 hours of preparation (3 courses x 20 hours x 3 hours prep. = 180 hours prep), totalling 240 hours of study (60 course-hours + 180 hours of prep.)

Grading System
At the host university, students are graded on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest mark and 5 the minimum passing mark. More information on the host university's grading system.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Portuguese.
Language Requirement
Exchange students will not be allowed to enrol in courses offered in Portuguese, unless they have proof of mastery in the Portuguese language (CELPE-Bras test, score “Avançado” level or higher), are authorized by the professor offering the discipline, and there are available placements. COPPEAD usually offers a one-week intensive survival Portuguese language courses for beginners, free of charge, one week before the beginning of the exchange terms Students must confirm their participation in the application form.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

There is no on campus housing, however the host university does provide a list of  Housing options (in Portuguese) 

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas. Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.
Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university (in Portuguese).
Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate General of Brazil in Sydney.

Student Experiences

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