Brazil Scientific Mobility Program | Current Students | Academic Program

Academic Program

IIE congratulates each grantee on his/her selection as a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) scholarship recipient. 

Students approved for the Academic Program will arrive in the United States, and immediately begin full-time academic coursework at one of BSMP's many partner host institutions. 

There is a pre-academic Intensive English Program (IEP) for those students whose English communication needs additional development.

Read more about the IEP sessions


Maintaining Full-Time Status and Remaining in Good Standing

All grantees in the J-1 Exchange Visitor non-degree student category are required to be enrolled as full-time during the academic portion of their authorized program. A full-time undergraduate course load can range from 12 to 18 credits, depending on the host institution. When registering for classes, it is the grantees' responsibility to check with their academic advisor and/or international student advisor to review their course load and ensure that it meets this requirement, and any other minimum academic requirements set by the host institution.

According to BSMP policy, all grantees are required to comply with the academic standards of their host institution at all times. Grantees will be subject to the penalties of their host institution for any violation of its academic policies. If grantees do not maintain full-time status or if they are dismissed from their host institution for any reason, including academic performance, they are effectively ending their BSMP scholarship and will need to return to Brazil immediately.

Add/Drop Period and Course Withdrawals

There is a period during the academic semester (usually within the first week or two) when students are allowed to add or drop classes without penalties. Each host institution has its own procedures for successfully and officially adding/dropping a class during its designated period without penalties or necessary advisor approval. If grantees decide to add/drop a class after this period, they must contact their academic advisor and/or international student advisor or registrar’s office for guidance. In general, after the add/drop period, it will not be possible to add or drop a class by simply emailing or speaking with a professor.

Independent Study

Grantees are not allowed to engage in any research projects during the first academic term. However, they may be eligible to participate in an independent study if: 

  • they have completed one semester of full-time academic (non-English) coursework
  • they have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • the project corresponds with their field of study
  • the project is located on-campus
  • the project is supervised by a professor
  • the project fulfills no more than 25% of credit load

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