Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil

The Institute of International Education (IIE), with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), launched an initiative to expand the capacity of key nontraditional destination countries to host a larger number of U.S. study abroad students. The project has been carried out in India, Brazil, Turkey, and other countries, in partnership with EducationUSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

This report, focusing on Brazil, is the fourth in a series of user-friendly guides for U.S. institutions interested in expanding their study abroad offerings. Other reports in this series have focused on expanding U.S. study abroad to India, Turkey, and Indonesia.

Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Brazil begins with an overview of the current state of the Brazilian higher education sector, with a particular focus on U.S.-Brazil higher education exchanges and partnerships, and the current state of U.S. study abroad to Brazil. The second portion of the report focuses on existing study abroad programs available to U.S. students, and challenges and recommendations for expanding study abroad to Brazil.

Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary and Key Findings

II. Higher Education in Brazil

III. U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Exchange

IV. Recent Developments in U.S.-Brazil Partnerships

V. IIE’s Study Abroad Capacity Project

VI. Existing Study Abroad Programs and Potential for Expansion

VII. Challenges and Recommendations

Appendix A: Selected Study Abroad Programs in Brazil

Appendix B: Selected Brazilian Institutions with Exchange Programs for U.S. Students