January 2012—Beginning this month, approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduate students are arriving in the United States to study at U.S. campuses with funding from the Brazilian Government’s Science Without Borders Program. The students will study for two semesters at one of more than a hundred U.S. colleges and universities across the United States, and will take part in a summer internship.
An additional 1,500 students are scheduled to arrive later this year for programs beginning in Summer or Fall 2012, including pre-academic training during the summer. The number of U.S. institutions hosting these students is expected to increase with the arrival of the next cohort of students.
The Science Without Borders Program, announced in August 2011, provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are being given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.
This undergraduate scholarship program, administered by IIE, is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities. The program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). IIE has been working closely with CAPES and with colleges and universities across the United States to place the students in US study programs that best meet their academic needs.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Government of Brazil to implement this important program,” said IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.”
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.