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Rio De Janeiro: Culture and City

Program Highlights


Spring Break 2015: March 13-22, 2015


OSU Sponsored




Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Academic Credit

Landscape Architecture

Application Deadline

October 9, 2014
Term: 1152
Code: ST AHR


Open to all majors;
Priority given to freshmen and sophomores;
2.8 minimum GPA;
Successful progress in course before travel;
Academic reference required for all but first term OSU students;
Interview may be required

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $2,796 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Leslie Callihan (.23)

Resident Directors

Aimee Moore


This short-term study abroad program will immerse students in the culture, urban, landscape and architectural environment of the coastal South American city of Rio de Janeiro. All eyes were on Rio for the final match of World Cup 2014 and will soon be again for the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you would like to visit the iconic city of dramatic landscapes, beaches and soccer legends, this is your chance. This study abroad program will be a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. Rio de Janeiro study abroad program counts towards architecture or landscape architecture major or minor requirements.


This educational experience will be based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a truly multicultural and international city. The study abroad is one that discovers culture and the urban environment not in a classroom, but by exploring the city of Rio. Culture will be explored by visiting local beaches, markets and food, Maracana Stadium and dramatic experiences such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Architecture and landscape highlights included visits to key projects by notable Brazilian designers Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, visits to architecture and artist studios, and a tour of the new Diller Scofidio + Renfro Museum of Image and Sound on Copacabana Beach. The trip focuses on varied experiences to make Rio the ideal setting for this hands-on international urban exploratory learning experience.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 credit hours of Architecture or Landscape Architecture 5798 for Spring 2015 semester. This is a full term semester class which includes the spring break travel abroad. The course before traveling will be held on Mondays from 9:30-12:00 and Thursdays from 3:55-5:15 and focus upon introduction to Rio and Brazilian culture and key locations to be visited abroad as well as developing skills for on-site analysis. While in Rio, students will be visiting and actively engaged and exploring sites. After spring break travels, students will submit documentation and a final project from their trip experiences.


Students will be housed in double rooms in a centrally located hotel.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee of $2,796. The program fee includes international round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfast, local trips and excursions, entrance fees, a few group meals and supplemental insurance. It does not cover passport fees, all lunches and most dinners, or personal expenses.

The actual cost of for Ohio State to run this program is $3,796 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 per student (subject to change).

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Initial acceptance to the program will be determined based on each student's demonstrated interest in participating in an intensive, cultural immersion experience, as evaluated through their program application/personal statement. Acceptance is conditional based on the student's academic record including Autumn 2014 term (2.8 minimum GPA) and successful progress of the course before travel. The program is open to all ranks of students, priority to first and second year students with participation for upper class students as space is available. An academic reference is required for all but first term OSU students and an interview may also be required for all students.

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. When completing your Personal Statement for your application, please address the prompt: "Please explain your interest and motivation to study abroad in Rio. Cite specific highlights and museums you are most interested to visit while abroad."

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to the student's Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if a student is not accepted or submits a written request to withdraw his/her application prior to the application deadline.


To learn more about funding resources including scholarships specifically for the Rio Culture and City study abroad program through Knowlton School of Architecture, email Resident Director Aimee Moore for eligibility requirements and applications. Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.8 minimum GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs and recommendation required for all but first term students to OSU.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.