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HANDBOOK FOR UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS PONTIFÍCIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL PUCRS HANDBOOK FOR UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS AT PUCRS 1. WELCOMING WORDS INTERNATIONAL OFFICE THE PONTIFÍCIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL PUCRS PRESENTATION OUR CAMPUSES ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND HOLIDAYS HINTS FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISA REGISTRATION PROCEDURES EXAMINATION AND MARKS UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS SERVICES AND FACILITIES SPECIAL PROJECTS GENERAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION BRAZIL RIO GRANDE DO SUL PORTO ALEGRE Accommodation Living Expenses Telephone Calls RNE National Foreign Register Opening a Bank Account PORTUGUESE PORTUGUESE CLASSES SURVIVAL PORTUGUESE FINAL WORDS 1 WELCOMING WORDS WELCOME TO THE PONTIFÍCIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL- PUCRS Dear Exchange Student: The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS would like to extend its warmest welcome to you and hope that you will benefit greatly from your stay as an exchange student. This handbook aims to provide you with some practical and essential information you will need in order to have a smooth transition into university life and living in Porto Alegre in general. It won t cover every detail, but it is meant to give you some guidelines to help you feel more comfortable. The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul hopes to be a place where you can find friendly assistance and help whenever you need, and the team in charge of the Mobility Program will give you all the necessary support. Mobility Program Team Professors: Mrs. Dulce Baldo Mr. José Nicoletti Filho Mrs. Silvana Souza Silveira Administrative assistant: Mrs. Wagner Silva Intern: Mrs. Caroline Castro 3 2 THE EXCHANGE STUDENT SERVICE OFFICE Núcleo de Mobilidade Acadêmica The Exchange Student Service Office (Núcleo de Mobilidade Acadêmica) is located at Building 15, room 116, at PUCRS Campus Central. We provide orientation for new students, and administer programs for the cultural exchange between our visitors and the community. You are welcome to contact us with any questions at any time! OPERATION HOURS & CONTACT NUMBERS Monday to Friday 9:00a.m. to 9:00pm Mailing Address: Av. Ipiranga, 6681 Prédio 15, sala 116 CEP: Porto Alegre RS Brazil Website: Telephone Number: Fax: Exchange students 4 3 PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL PUCRS 3.1 Presentation PUCRS Mission PUCRS, based on ethical and Christian principles, as well as on the traditional Marist education, has the Mission of generating and spreading knowledge, enhancing humanistic and professional - oriented education. Quality and relevance are the main criteria taken into account, always pursuing a fair and fraternal society. PUCRS Vision In 2010, PUCRS will be nationally and internationally know for its research, services and teaching excellence, with the innovative solidarity action trademarks, promoting interaction with the community, enhancing quality of life and stimulating dialogue between science and faith. The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul reached the status of a university in 1948, and was granted the title of Pontifical University in It is one of the largest and most distinguished institutions of higher education in Brazil. It offers 70 undergraduate programs in the following areas of study: Administration, Aeronautical Sciences, Architecture, Biosciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Dentistry, Education, Hotel Management, Journalism, Law, Languages, Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Psychology, Physics, Social Work, Theology, Tourism, and Zoology. It also offers 23 Master's degree programs and 18 Doctoral programs, in the following areas: Administration and Business, Cellular Biology, Criminal Sciences, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Surgery and Facial Traumatology, Social Communication, Law, Development Economics, Education, Mathematics and Sciences, Material Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Clinic Stomatology, Philosophy, Biomedical Gerontology, History, Languages, Medicine, Dentistry, Pediatrics, Psychology, Social Work, Theology and Zoology. Holding a threefold focus: teaching, research and extension, PUCRS is highly committed to society, always pursuing ethical and Christian principles. In order to meet the current needs of our competitive world, the university also emphasizes entrepreneurship, that is, the capacity to identify opportunities, evaluate them, and take risks. This requires initiative, efficiency, persistency, search for quality, and commitment to the society. In professor Joaquim Clotet's words, PUCRS' President: In order to face forthcoming challenges, PUCRS is committed to developing science, enhancing knowledge, and preparing academic students for their future challenging lives as citizens . Board of Regents 2010 President - Professor Joaquim Clotet Vice-President - Professor Evilázio Teixeira 5 Administration and Finance Provost Professor Paulo Roberto G. Franco Undergraduate Provost Professor Solange Medina Ketzer Research and Graduate Provost Professor Jorge Luís Nicolas Audy Extension Provost Professor João Dornelles Jr. Community Affairs Provost Professor Jacqueline Poersch Moreira Number of Students: Total: aprox. 27 thousand Undergraduate: aprox. 25 thousand Graduate: aprox. 2 thousand Programs: Undergraduate: 70 Graduate - Diploma: 70 Master s: 23 Doctor s: 18 Professors, Administrative and Technical Staff Administrative and technical staff: 4,297 Professors: 1,842 Professors qualification Master s Degree: 882 Doctor s Degree: 613 6 3.2 Our Campuses PUCRS has three Campuses: The Campus Central, located in the capital city of Porto Alegre, Viamão Campus, in Viamão (approx. 25 km away from Porto Alegre), and Campus Uruguaiana, in the city of Uruguaiana (approx. 700 km away from Porto Alegre). Campus Central 7 Uruguaiana Campus BR 472 Km 7 Cx. Postal 249 CEP Uruguaiana/RS Brazil Phone: 55 (55) Fax: 55 (55) Website: The foundation of the first Faculty of Zoology established the opening of the Campus in Uruguaiana (634 km from Porto Alegre) for the development of the western region of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. The course opened in 1966, but the infra-structure of the campus was only inaugurated in 1987 together with the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Languages. Viamão Campus Av. Senador Salgado Filho, 7000 Viamão, RS, Brazil Cx. Postal 236 CEP Phone: 55 (51) Fax: 55 (51) Website: The Faculty of Philosophy Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição (Fafimc), run by the Marist Congregation since June 2002, was established as the Viamão Campus in March 2004, when its opening was authorized by Edict no. 898 of the Ministry of Education. The 15,000sqmt campus holds 32,000sqmt of built areas at Avenida Senador Salgado Filho 7000, in the Lisboa neighborhood. Accordingly, the area provides a pleasurable and safe atmosphere for study and social interaction both indoors and outdoors. 3.3 Academic Calendar and Holidays 8 Semester One Starts first week of March Finishes beginning of July 04 to 10 July Examination Week G2 21 to 28 July Registration Week, according to each Faculty Winter Break *- July Semester two Starts first week of August Finishes beginning of December 04 to 09 December Examination Week G2 Summer Holidays* December, January, February *There are no regular classes on these months. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS JANUARY 01 - Holiday FEBRUARY 02 Municipal Holiday APRIL 21 National Holiday ( Tiradentes ) MAY JUNE 01 National Holiday Labor Day 15 Municipal Holiday ( Corpus Christi ) SEPTEMBER 07 National Holiday Brazil Independence Day 20 State Holiday Farroupilha Revolution OCTOBER 12 National Holiday Brazil s Patroness Nossa Senhora Aparecida NOVEMBER 02 Holiday All Souls Day 15 National Day Republic Proclamation DECEMBER 25 Holiday Christmas Day 9 3.4 Hints for Exchange Students Once you have received an acceptance letter from your university, there are many things that you need to think about and do to prepare yourself for a rewarding international experience. The following is a short list of some of these things: Learn more about where you are going. It is very important to invest time into researching and reading about your destination country. Learn about its culture, geography, economy, and political and legal systems. The more you learn about where you will live, the more you will appreciate the experience and the faster you will adjust to your surroundings. Talking to other people who have visited, lived and studied there is there is one of the greatest sources of information, but remember, everyone has different experiences. Learn the Language. Make sure your passport is in order. We recommend that you make several photocopies, and you may want to keep your passport in a safe deposit box at a bank. Obtain a student visa. You will need a visa to live and study in most countries for any extended period of time. Book your flight in advance. Buy additional health insurance. Many universities offer health insurance to students at a very reasonable price Make money arrangements. You should have an international credit card with you. It s more convenient than traveler s checks if you are not used to them. Prepare an arrival plan. Before you leave, make sure someone will pick you up at the airport. International students from all parts of the world should know that they will receive a very warm welcome in Brazil! Leaving Home When you prepare to enter post-secondary studies, you are preparing for a time of significant change. Probable the most noticeable difference will be your increased independence. Depending on your choice of institution, moving away from home, learning to live on your own and making new friends can be added to the list of changes you will experience. Dealing with the Transition Almost everyone who studies, lives or works abroad experiences some degree of culture shock. This period of cultural adjustment involves everything from getting used to the food and learning how to take a bus. No matter how patient and flexible you are, adjusting to a new culture can, at times, be difficult and frustrating. It is easy to get lost, feel depressed and homesick. You may even want to get back home! But it can also be a wonderful time in your life during which you will grow as a person. Living in a foreign country will open new doors, introduce you to new ways of thinking and give you the opportunity to make lifelong friends. Don t panic. These are all normal reactions and you are not the only one to feel this way. Although you cannot avoid culture shock entirely, the following tips may help you. Attend orientation programs. Talk to more experienced students who have studied abroad. 10 Talk to your professors who have studied abroad too. Join student organizations or clubs. Do not study all the time. Relax, explore and enjoy yourself at least some of the time. Take advantage of services that your university or community offers. Things to bring with you An alarm clock Pictures of your family and friends Medicine (pain killer, antibiotics, antihistaminic, eye drops, etc) Sun lotion, moisturizer An address book Plug adapters A camera Comfortable shoes and clothes Documents to bring with you Passport Student Visa Health insurance card Credit card Driver s license 3.5 Visa To study in Brazil as an undergraduate student, you must get the student visa, issued by the Brazilian Consulate in the country where you come from. The main documents to obtain the student visa are the following: Passport, with minimum validity of six months; Two 4 x 4 sized photos, frontal and light background; Certificate of residence in the consular jurisdiction; Letter of Acceptance from PUCRS (provided by the International Office); Form for application of visa (available at the site of Brazilian Consulate in your country. 3.6 Registration Procedures To study at PUCRS you will be required to write a composition in Portuguese, introducing yourself and saying why you want to study in Brazil. Send it to PUCRS Exchange Student Service Office, Av. Ipiranga, 6681, Building 15, room 116 CEP Porto Alegre/RS Brazil with the Application Form. Fill in the Application Form: the printed version or the digital version that can be found on our website (www.pucrs.br/pma) Include the following documents: A text written in Portuguese saying why you want to study in Brazil. Résumé or CV; Recent School Transcript; A letter of recommendation signed by a professor of your institution; Two photographs, size 3x4; List of PUCRS' subjects/courses that you wish to take during the semester of the exchange program*. Check on the correspondent Faculty (www.pucrs.br/fau) for the Architecture School (FAU), for example) Remember that it is not PUCRS' responsibility to assure that your institution will recognize the courses or subjects attended during the semester of the exchange program. This is an exclusive decision of your institution. 11 It is mandatory to obtain a health insurance valid in Brazil during your stay. The documents must be brought to PUCRS' International Office. The International Office will send the letter of acceptance to the International Office of your university. It is the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain the student visa, but the International Office Staff will help you. The Student Service Office Staff will help you find suitable accommodation in Porto Alegre. There are no Dorms on Campus. DEADLINES TO SEND APPLICATIONS TO THE STUDENT SERVICE OFFICE To start in March by 1 st December To start in August by 1 st May WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT PUCRS You should arrive at PUCRS one week before the beginning of the semester. The first place you have to visit is the Student Service Office or the International Office. There we will give you general information about the University and how to register as an international student. The international exchange student should have the original and a photocopy of these documents: - Passport - Health Insurance (valid for all the period in Brazil) - One photograph When the student finishes these registration steps, he or she will have PUCRS Student ID card, which allows him/her to use all PUCRS Facilities (Sports Center, Library, University Restaurant, etc.) in the same conditions as the Brazilian students. WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR STUDIES AT PUCRS The Student Service Office will send the Official Transcript to the International Office of student Home University. 3.7 Examinations and Marks Students are assessed through participation in class, papers, and tests. Students first mark called G1- is based on those. If the student s G1 is 7,0 or above, (s)he does not need to do any other test, that means (s)he has been approved. If the G1 is below 7,0, the student needs to take another test, called G2. In this case the student must have 5,0 as the passing mark. 3.8 Undergraduate Programs Faculty of Administration, Accounting, and Economics FACE Accounting Professionals can work on audit and certified accountancy, both judicially and extra-judicially; on organization of accountancy process and expense accounts; as controllers; on management, accountancy and tax consultancy; on financial and balance analysis; on cost analysis; on business accountancy and financial management. 12 Administration/ Systems Analysis Bachelors can develop information technology tools and models, and organizational communication. Business Administration Bachelors can identify and diagnose problems and/or opportunities, and create solutions that make the development of an organization feasible; develop studies and research, plan, implement, coordinate and supervise administrative activities. Business Administration/ Entrepreneurship Administrators can work on the development of knowledge and abilities to set up new businesses and enterprises; understanding of the specific dynamics of family businesses, as well as of elements that facilitate/hinder the family succession processes, aiming at maintaining the family entrepreneurship. Economics Professionals can work on economic consultancy and research; planning, analyzing and issuing opinions about financial-economic aspects of any type of investments and financial operations. Foreign Trade Professionals can work on management of import/export departments or companies, firming up economic agreements through studies and analysis of commercial opportunities, mercantile, customs and duty norms of the countries involved; activities related to international insurance and transport; consultancy in foreign trade or governmental departments. International Trade Professionals can work on management of international businesses, which involve negotiation processes, strategic alliances, partnerships, required procedures in relation to other markets (such as importing and exporting; planning, sales, control, and delivery of products) based on current management tools. Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism FAU Architecture and Urban Sciences Architects can organize the physical space where human beings perform their activities, considering usefulness as well as technical, formal, historical and aesthetical aspects; work on assessment, preservation and care of the estate, and on preservation of environmental balance. Faculty of Computer Sciences FACIN Site: Computer Sciences Professionals can work on management and administration in the computing area, develop components of operational systems, compilers, database management systems, and net communication protocols in the basic software area; project and develop automation and information systems for private and public companies, such as internet and intranet applications in the application software area. Information Systems Professionals can: plan, analyze, and make use of information technologies related to organizations; work on projects, administration, and consultancy of information systems, searching integrating solutions (software, hardware, intranet, internet). 13 Faculty of Aeronautical Sciences FACA Site: Aeronautical Sciences The program focuses on civil aviation. Professionals can work as airline pilots, commercial pilots, flight instructors, managers of airline companies, and consultants in the flight safety, training, flight operations and flight standard areas. Faculty of Biosciences FABIO Site: Biological Sciences Teaching program: Teachers can work with subjects related to the environment, biology and health. BSc graduates can work on consultancy, production, application or supervision of biodiversity projects in health, preservation of natural resources, and genetics improvement area, on the production of biotechnology sub-products, especially genetic engineering and analysis of environmental impact of construction. Faculty of Law FADIR Site: Law Professionals can work as lawyers, attorneys, counselors, solicitors, judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, and police officers. They are qualified to work in private, public and non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and associations. Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences FFCH Site: Geography Teaching programs: Teachers can work in primary and secondary schools. BSc graduates can work on geographical research, consultancy and planning in consultancy and advisory companies; in activities related to the environment, cartography, hydrography and tourism, both in urban and rural areas. History Teaching program: Teachers can work in primary and secondary schools. BSc graduates can work in museums and historical archives; advise on events in the media; work in cultural and entertainment programs, as well as in projects related to preservation of cultural and historical heritage. Philosophy Teaching program: Teachers can work in primary and secondary schools. BA graduates can advise institutions on the understanding of life matters, specially regarding ethics. Social Sciences Teaching program: Teachers can w
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