Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of Brazil and the third largest city in South America, is the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere.

Known for its natural beauty, Carnival’s energetic and colorful parades, and famous beaches, Rio de Janeiro also boasts two of the world’s largest urban parks, stunning architecture, and one of the world’s largest soccer stadiums. The economy in Rio de Janeiro is driven by the oil industry and services sector, among other rapidly growing industries, with Rio de Janeiro being the most important producer of petroleum and gas in Brazil. Many of Brazil’s largest companies are headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, as are a large number of multinationals.

Why Rio de Janeiro?

After experiencing explosive growth and recognition building up to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro and Brazil have fallen back to earth among corporate and political scandals. Program visits to Rio provide unique opportunities for students to gain an on the ground understanding of the promise and risks involved in doing business in one of the world’s largest developing countries. The stark, up-front contrast between Rio de Janeiro’s growing wealth and its impoverished class provide a dramatic backdrop to this dynamic business environment. Rio’s famous geography and attractions, as well as world-class tourism infrastructure, provide for an unforgettable experience.

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