PUC-Rio and CASA-Brazil offer an enriched opportunity for students to experience the Brazilian way of life by placing them in a home-stay program. CASA Brazil students will be placed in home-stays located in the south zone of the city, the same as the university. Most families live near the university, within 30- 40 minutes from campus by city bus.

Host families are carefully screened by the Coordinating Center for International Cooperation (CCCI) and approved by the CASA Brazil Center Director. They represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from single families, to couples without children, to families with children.