Brazil Initiatives

Brazil Undergraduate Study Abroad Grant Program

About the Program

The FIU – UNA Brazil Undergraduate Study Abroad program provides students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Education with funding to participate in a semester-long study abroad academic exchange experience in Miami, Florida, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil respectively. Funded by the US Department of State, the program aims to establish a sustainable, well-founded, comprehensive semester-long exchange partnership between FIU and UNA that will expose students in underrepresented fields abroad to intensive language training, community engagement, and continuous academic collaboration, and that will serve as a model program for successful student exchange partnerships for UNA, FIU, and institutions in the Americas.

Check out the FIU – UNA program video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IawerWW81CY

Program Goals

  • Enhance UNA’s capacity to host exchange students and to provide long-term academic exchange opportunities for US students going to Brazil.
  • Increase US student community engagement locally (in Miami) and globally (in Belo Horizonte) through sustainable, long-term academic, team-oriented, community engagement projects.
  • To bridge the gap that currently exists between students of underrepresented fields in study abroad and their capacity to communicate and become immersed in two critical host cultures.

Program Benefits

Student Participants:

  • Long-term exposure to a host country’s culture and language
  • Long-term engagement in the host and home country’s community
  • Increase of participation and interest on behalf of students who are currently underrepresented in study abroad.
  • Development of global competencies and skills that will further enhance the students’ success in their undergraduate and professional careers.

For the universities (FIU and UNA) and local communities:

  • Experience and best practices gained from developing a long-term student exchange opportunity for sending and receiving students
  • Awareness for students, faculty, and staff of the benefits of engaging in an international experience
  • Merging of the institutions international programming and their social/sustainable community projects.
  • Exposure to matters of social responsibility and civic engagement locally and abroad

Program Selection Process for FIU Students Wishing to Attend UNA

FIU students wishing to apply for the program must contact the Office of Study Abroad at FIU to attend an information session (see schedule below). All application materials and program criteria are included below as well.

Five (5) FIU students will be selected each year of the grant to spend the Spring semester at UNA as exchange students.

Student nominations for the program will be communicated directly by the Office of Study Abroad at FIU to the Office of International Affairs at UNA.

Selection Criteria for FIU Students Going to UNA:

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must be US citizens at time of application.
  • Must be proficient in Portuguese (see application packet below)
  • Must show an interest in intercultural exchange and community leadership and engagement.
  • Must be available for an interview with the FIU selection committee.

Students must submit a complete Grant Application form (see below), along with supporting materials to the Office of Study Abroad and will be required to attend an interview with the FIU selection panel.

Grant application submission deadline for FIU students to go to UNA: September 5th

The application packet includes the following

  • Grant Application Form
  • Two letters of recommendation–must be academic references
  • Personal Statement (see below for guidelines on the statement)
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts
  • Evidence of Portuguese proficiency; must place into the upper intermediate level on the CELPE-Bras Exam (Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros) or equivalent assessment, as determined by the Portuguese Language Director. A copy of the CELPE score or equivalent assessment can be provided at the time of application.

Program Requirements (upon Acceptance for FIU Students going to UNA)

  • Awardees must submit an FIU online International Student Exchange (ISE) Application
  • ***(due by September 15, 2013) and must follow all ISE procedures for FIU students participating in the International Student Exchange program.
  • Must submit an application packet to Centro Universitario UNA. The packet will include all materials needed in order to enroll at UNA as exchange students. This packet will be provided to you by FIU. The packet will include the following items:
    • International Students Application
    • Student Course Registration – (Formulário de Matrícula).
    • Student Health form
    • Declaration of Finances
    • Understanding Agreement
    • Housing Agreement
  • All FIU candidates attending UNA will be provided with a $5,000 stipend to help cover semester expenses in Brazil. Students will pay their regular FIU tuition and will therefore receive a tuition waiver at UNA, which will be implemented as a result of the exchange partnership that exists between our two institutions. Students will be responsible for all expenses at the host institution.
  • Selected candidates will be enrolled as full time students at UNA; courses will be taught in Portuguese and may be in the students’ academic major.
  • While at UNA, candidates will be required to participate in a community engagement component that will further immerse the students in the region, language, university studies, and the host culture. FIU students going to FIU will be incorporated into existing and successful UNA community engagement projects led by FIU students and vice versa. This will serve as an opportunity for Brazilian and US students to work alongside one another to achieve a shared goal, allowing students to observe that often the challenges confronting communities in different countries are very similar.

To learn more about Centro Universitario UNA, check out our videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb_958CV8Uw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbu3_an5k1w

Information Sessions for FIU Students

(please RSVP at edabroad@fiu.edu or 305-348-1913, or visit us at the MMC Campus, PC 113)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM in PC 113
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM at Engineering Campus Room 1114
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Engineering Campus Room 1104
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM in PC 113
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM in PC 113
Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM on the Biscayne Bay Campus in WUC 363
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM in PC 113

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Program Selection Process for UNA Students Wishing to Attend FIU

UNA students wishing to apply for the program must contact the Office of International Affairs at UNA for the application and nomination materials.

Grant Application Submission Deadline for UNA Students to Go to FIU: March 1st.

Five (5) UNA students will be selected each year of the grant to spend the Fall semester at FIU as exchange students.

Student nominations for the program will be communicated directly by the Office of International Affairs at UNA to the Office of Study Abroad at FIU.

Selection Criteria for UNA Students

  • Students must submit a complete application to UNA and will be required to attend an interview with the UNA selection panel.
  • Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.
  • Students must be in good academic standing, as determined by the sending institution
  • Students must provide Evidence of English Fluency (TOEFL – PBT 500 / CBT 173 / IBT 63; or Michigan Test). A photocopy of the TOEFL Score report from ETS may be submitted. It is NOT necessary to request original reports be sent to FIU by ETS.
  • Students must show an interest in intercultural exchange and community leadership and engagement.

Program Requirements (Upon Acceptance) for UNA Students

  • Upon acceptance, candidates must submit an International Student Exchange application packet to the Office of Study Abroad at FIU. The packet will include all materials needed in order to enroll at FIU as exchange students. This packet will be provided to you by UNA.
  • All UNA candidates attending FIU will be provided with mandatory health insurance, which will be funded by the grant, as well as a tuition waiver, which will be implemented as a result of the exchange partnership that exists between FIU and UNA. Students will be responsible for all other expenses at the host institution.
  • All participants are required to live on campus at FIU and will be asked to complete a Housing Agreement for the semester in which they will be attending FIU. These students will be placed into the Housing and Residential Life Global Living Learning Community on campus.
  • Selected candidates will be enrolled as full time students (the equivalent to 12 US credits minimum) at FIU; courses will be taught in English and may be in the students’ academic major.
  • While at FIU, candidates will be required to participate in a community engagement component that will further immerse the students in the region, language, university studies, and the host culture. UNA students coming to FIU will be incorporated into existing and successful South Florida community engagement projects led by FIU students and vice versa. This will serve as an opportunity for Brazilian and US students to work alongside one another to achieve a shared goal, allowing students to observe that often the challenges confronting communities in different countries are very similar.

To learn more about Florida International University, check out our International Student Exchange Handbook or view the following FIU videos: http://worldsahead.fiu.edu/

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Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

In 2012, Florida International University (FIU) was chosen as a host institution for the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, an initiative launched by the Brazilian government which aims to send more than 100,000 Brazilian students from the STEM fields to study abroad at institutions all over the world. The program is administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE) and sponsored by CAPES, the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, and CNPq, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

Under this initiative, FIU is hosting ten Brazilian students, who are enrolled in STEM-related courses during the 2012-2013 academic year. We look forward to hosting a new cohort of students during 2013-2014.

For more information about the Brazil Scientific Mobility program, please contact Ms. Susy Gomez, Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad at sugomez@fiu.edu or go to: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Scientific-Mobility