Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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About Rio de Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro is beautiful. Stunning. The mix of water and mountains in the background is unique and unforgettable. But, it's the culture of the city that will have you crying out for more! Cariocas (residents of Rio) refer proudly to their city as the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (Marvelous City). As you get to know it, you will soon discover that they are not exaggerating. World-class attractions such as the Pao de Acucar, the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop lush Corcovado, and the beaches such as Ipanema and Copacabana.
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings. As a result of this unique natural setting, Rio de Janeiro has become a home of a World Heritage Site named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", as granted by UNESCO for its Cultural Landscape.
What to expect while in Rio?
Why travel to Rio?
Here are some of our favorite articles...
RIO DE JANEIRO - BEST PLACE TO GO IN 2013: The New York Times - Published: January 11, 2013
"Fifty-three years after Brazil’s federal government decamped to Brasília, and decades after São Paulo took over as the country’s business capital, Rio is staging a comeback. With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics (plus an oil boom) providing the impetus, the tropical city perhaps most famous for its Carnival hedonism is on its way to becoming a more sophisticated cultural hub. In January, the Cidade das Artes, or City of the Arts, was inaugurated as the new home of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. On March 23, Casa Daros — an outpost of the Zurich-based Daros Latinamerica Collection — will open in a renovated 19th-century building with an exhibition of Colombian artists. March will also mark the opening of the Rio Museum of Art in Praça Mauá, a once decrepit port area now being revived. (The Santiago Calatrava-designed Museum of Tomorrow, also in the port area, is scheduled to follow in 2014.) Shopping, a Rio obsession, got a boost in December when the luxe VillageMall opened; it will soon house the city’s first Gucci outlet and South America’s first Apple Store. Special events also dot the coming year’s calendar, including the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in July, the biennial Rio Book Fair starting in late August, and September’s Rock in Rio. And, of course, there’s soccer: the finals of the Confederations Cup, considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, will be held in a completely overhauled Maracanã Stadium on June 30. — Seth Kuge
LONELY PLANET calls Rio the #1 BEST VALUE DESTINATION in 2012:
"If you’ve an unfulfilled plan to visit Rio de Janeiro’s beaches and iconic landmarks then this may be the year to do it. After 2013 the big events come thick and fast – the football World Cup in 2014 (also taking place in cities around Brazil), then the Olympic Games in 2016. One thing’s for sure: big-name events bring fresh development, a boost to infrastructure and, in many cases, higher prices for visitors. Come now to see a city in the process of gearing up to welcome the world, but before the costs of doing so rise. Indeed, if you visit during June you can be among the first to check out the recently upgraded Estádio do Maracanã, the world-famous venue that is slated to host not only the World Cup Final in 2014 but also the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/
Business in Rio de Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008), estimated at about R$343 billion (IBGE/2008) (nearly US$201 billion), and is headquarters to two of Brazil's major companies--Petrobras and Vale, and major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations. The home of many universities and institutes, it is the second largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17% of national scientific production.
Large Companies in Rio:
50% of BOVESPA’s market capitalization is from companies whose headquarters are in Rio, also having the presence of large companies.
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