Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul








Courses Offered Courses in English Portuguese Classes Short Term

Courses Offered

Undergraduate programs

Graduate programs

Courses in English

  • Psychology of Education (4 credits)
    This course provides an overview of psychology of education, focusing on learning. It identifies and critically analyses different conceptions of learning, such as Pavlov’s, Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s, demonstrating their importance for the field of education. It also examines attention, memory and motivation theories and how these might impinge on learning. The various topics are approached theoretically but there will be continuous reference to a number of practical studies and laboratory experiments demonstrating the impact that all these theories had on learning and the field of education.


  • Human Rights and Social Issues (4 credits)
    Study of the social and historical construction of Human Rights at the international context and in Brazil. International Protective Human Rights System, Brazilian Protective System. Analysis of the role of the State and Social Policies in the configuration of the Brazilian Protective Human Rights System.


  • Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (4 credits)
    Origin and distribution of natural resources, including energy and mineral resources, and renewable resources. Principles of sustainability. Fossil fuels and climate change. Use of natural resources in a sustainable way.


  • Understanding the Brazilian nation: society, history and culture (4 credits)
    The main goal here is to present Brazilian culture, politics, economics and its insertion in the world, so our guest students from abroad have the possibility to have a full immersion into their Brazilian experience at PUCRS.
Communication and Letters Curriculum
  • Creativity in Adverstising (4 credits)
    Practical approach through exercises of creativity and advertising, using knowledge already acquired, for the development of graphical, audio and web advertisements. Production of working creative ideas on briefing objectivity and pre-production meetings. The course aims to provide a comprehensive and detailed view of the advertising creative process, integrating their advertising knowledge with concepts of basic writing, art direction and desktop publishing.


  • Digital Culture (2 credits)
    Introduction to the concepts and elements of digital culture applied to the communications field. Involves the study of the foundations, principles and logics of the scenario that led to the development of digitalization of media, the internet, and the context of network communication.


  • Theories in Language Acquisition (2 credits) (Avaliable only on the Second Semester)
    Child Language Acquisition: theories and concepts. Relationship between acquisition and development of native language. Phonological and Morphological aspects opf language. Second Language Acquisition: concepts and theories. Bilingualism and Multilingualism.


  • Creative Writing (2 credits)
    Creative Writing is an English, Literature and Creative Writing class pack. We’ll discuss grammar, read important authors, play writing games and more, with a focus on experimenting, being creative and learning by immersing ourselves in the language and the art of writing. Intermediary knowledge of English (reading and writing) is required.
Business Curriculum
  • Management of Information Systems (4 credits)
    The discipline deals with Information Technology (IT) as an organizational asset that needs proper management to provide competitive advantage. IT resources, such as systems and infrastructures, have an increasing role in organizations to support most business activities. It covers from operational to strategic activities, with applications to almost everyone for carrying out business tasks worldwide. To help understanding about IT management needs, models, market best practices, and business cases will be discussed in classroom.


  • Project Management (4 credits)
    It deals to understand the five Project Management Process Groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing) to enhance overall knowledge of project in any organization. Also, understand how to integrate the 10 knowledge area processes, tools and techniques to perform any kind of project. Concepts include stakeholder, scope, quality, time, cost, human resource, communication, risk, procurement and project integration management.


  • Corporate Strategy (4 credits)
    it deals with the elaboration of the strategic planning from an detailed analysis of the environment and internal factors of the organization, considering the limitations and advantages of the models considered by the main authors, and using the predominant tools of ambient analysis and implementation for this end.
Law Curriculum
  • Philosophy of Law (2 credits)
    Object and method. Ethical foundations of Law. The political dimension of Law. The Law in the perspective of the theory of Justice.


  • Criminology and Social Control (2 credits)
    This course aims to provide to the student training and workup critical criminological studies in its various approaches (sociological, legal, anthropological, psychological), with emphasis on contemporary criminological debate. It also aims to point out the influence of criminological theories in political movements and in modern theories of crime and criminal law. Therefore, it aims to discuss the social production of crime and forms of administration of criminal justice, as well as analyze the situation of public security, the Judiciary and violent urban crime in Brazilian society, according to the main criminological theories.


  • Corporate Law II: Research and Practice (4 credits)
    The course aims at providing students with an overview of Corporate Law and Negotiable Instruments foreseen under Brazilian legislation. It emphasizes the main aspects of Business Companies, Stock Market and all the main types of Negotiable Instruments, such as drafts and notes.The main objective of the course is to provide students with the concepts of Corporate Law and Negotiable Instruments, developing an understanding of the basic structure of Business Companies and how the Stock Market works, as well as the Government role in regulating this market. It also aims to present a general overview of the several negotiable instruments foreseen under Brazilian legislation.


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation (4 credits)
    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), such as mediation, arbitration and conciliation, offer faster and more efficient solutions to resolve many different controversies. One of the main critics that can be addressed to the judiciary is the delay to solve some conflicts, and that is precisely what ADR aims to avoid. The course aims to discuss the Access to Justice as a fundamental right and the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), as means to resolve disputes in a faster and more efficient way.


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques – such as mediation, arbitration and conciliation – offer faster and more efficient solutions to many types of controversies. State courts’ delay to resolve some conflicts is often criticized and that is precisely what ADR aims to avoid. The course provides students with a better comprehension of the access to justice as a fundamental right and the role of ADR techniques as means to achieve it.
Technologies Curriculum
  • Introduction to Sustainability (4 credits)
    Concept, historical background and analysis of the actual global scenario, emphasizing the challenges and the potentialities. Discussion of the Sustainability Concept in Environment, Economy and Society globally and locally, considering Brazilian reality. Strategies of action for applying the concept of Sustainability in the Brazilian urban context (low income communities, social housing design, urban design, regenerative design and strategic development plan), considering all the actors involved.


  • Fundamentals of Digital Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
    This course presents the main concepts an entrepreneur should know in order to start a digital business and covers all the major steps that must be undertaken to validate a business idea as quickly as possible.


  • Fluids and Thermodynamics (4 credits)
    Definition of density and thrust. Discussion of Stevin’s law, continuity law and Bernoulli’s law. Explanation of Archimedes’ principle. Definition of specific and latent heat. Study of thermal dilatation, heat transfer and phase change. Specification of the kinetic theory of gases and thermodynamical processes. Definition of the laws of thermodynamics. Fundamentals of thermal engines. Definition of Carnot cycle, entropy and enthalpy.


  • Chemical and biochemical reactors (2 credits)
    Discuss application of chemical reaction engineering fundamental concepts through the analysis of real bench-top reactors, examples (photos) and software. Instigate the students to develop the engineering point of view of reactors and bioreactors applying mole balances, chemical reaction rates and stoichiometry.
Health and Welfare Curriculum
  • First Aid (2 credits)
    Theoretical and practical discipline that approaches the study of basic knowledge of first aid, aiming to enable the student to provide assistance in emergencies, stressing the prevention of accidents and aspects related to health.

Portuguese Classes

PUCRS offers regular classes in Portuguese for Foreigners so that exchange students can improve their Portuguese language skills while studying in Brazil. For undergraduate and graduate students these classes are worth 4 credits (60 class hours) and deal with both language and cultural aspects.

Intensive Portuguese for Foreigners Course
PUCRS offers an intensive Portuguese language course for foreign students before they begin their undergraduate or graduate studies at the University.

Morning sessions are held at the language laboratories of the School of Letters. Afternoon sessions include cultural and informal social activities both within and outside the University. The goal is to help students adapt to PUCRS and the city of Porto Alegre and give them the opportunity to learn more about local culture.

Short Term

International students can come to PUCRS only to carry out research activities in the laboratories. The international students will be monitored by graduate students and will be supervised by PUCRS professors. Students do not need to speak Portuguese and they can choose the length of the exchange program.

How to proceed:
1. Choose which lab you would like to do research activities. The offers can be found in the Catalog of Research PUCRS

2. Fill in the application form for the Short Term Mobility Program in Documentation

3. The application form should be signed by the Academic Advisor of the home university. When there is a bilateral agreement between the two institutions, the form should also be signed by the International Student Exchange Coordinator of the home university.

4. The application form must be sent to mobilidade.in@pucrs.br not later than 90 days before the beginning of the exchange program.