The Undergraduate Academic Program
The Undergraduate Academic Program is designed to offer students from Brazil an opportunity to pursue study in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for 12 months at colleges and universities in the United States. This is a non-degree program for two academic semesters or three quarters, with the opportunity for some students to participate in pre-academic Intensive English Programs. Grantees will begin their academic coursework in either the Spring semester or Fall semester of each year. After completion of an academic year and summer internship, grantees will return to complete their degrees in Brazil.
The Undergraduate Intensive English Program Component*
*Please note that there are no confirmed upcoming BSMP English cohorts. Institutions should not plan for a BSMP English group in 2016.
The Intensive English component of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program provides English language training to BSMP grantees with TOEFL scores generally ranging between 437-550 ITP/ 40-79 iBT. Based on their levels, grantees are placed into either a 4- or 6-month long-term program of Intensive English or a 6- to 8-week summer short-term intensive English program.
The Intensive English Programs offer a valuable opportunity for grantees to acclimate to the U.S. before the academic year begins. Grantees benefit from interacting with international peers on campus, learning about American culture, and (most importantly!) improving English language skills through immersion, both inside and outside of the classroom. English training is a key component in ensuring that these students have a successful overall program experience.
The Graduate Academic Program
The Graduate Academic Program is designed to offer students from Brazil the opportunity to pursue terminal master’s degrees in applied technology and sciences fields, especially those advancing innovation and creativity. The grant allows for up to two years of study in colleges and universities in the United States. Grantees are required to complete an internship, preferably during the summer months of their degree programs, and to produce a thesis or engage in a capstone experience. Grantees will begin their master’s programs in Fall 2014 and are expected to complete them by June 2016.