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Learn About the Brazil Student
Exchange Program in Forest, Wetland and Natural Resouces
If you are interested in Natural Resource Management
AND If you want to spend time studying in Brazil….this
is the program for you.
What are the objectives of this Program?
How can I be considered for this Student Exchange Program and
what qualifications must I have?
Where in Brazil can I study and for how long?
Do I really get a scholarship to study abroad?
If I participate, will I have to graduate latter than normal?
What about the scholarships that now pay my UGA or UF tuition;
will they still be valid?
Where will I live? How will I survive?
Who can I contact for more information?
What are the objectives of
To experience the Brazilian culture and make friends for life.
To train students in characteristics and processes of tropical
to temperate ecosystems
To help students become bilingual
To facilitate all of the above with scholarships
How can I be considered
for this Exchange Program and what qualifications must I have?
If you are studying any aspect of Natural Resource Management
and are interested in spending time abroad during your college
years, you meet the most important requirement. Preference will
be given to students interested in Forest, Wetland or Soil Management,
but don’t let that discourage you. All aspects of Natural
Resource Management will be favorably reviewed.
In addition you must be an undergraduate student
in good standing at either the University of Georgia-Athens
or the University of Florida. A high GPA will help make your
application competitive –– but a large component
of your evaluation will be your desire to go and how well prepared
you are to live and study in Brazil, so don’t let anything
discourage you from applying (which is easy!).
Living and studying in Brazil will require that
you are proficient in Portuguese. Proficiency in Spanish is
easily transferred to Portuguese. See our section on how to
prepare for proficiency in Portuguese.
So your requirements are:
Undergraduate student at UGA or UF
Student in good standing
Studying an aspect of Natural Resource Management
Proficiency in Portuguese
Where in Brazil can I study and
for how long?
Our program is in collaboration with the Universidade
Federal de Viçosa (UFV) in Minas Gerais state and the
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Cruz das Almas of the
state of Bahia (See map).
UFV is situated in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil
with easy access to the Cerrado and the Littoral areas of Brazil.
Just 5 hours north of Rio de Janeiro, it offers a unique environment
to study Natural Resource Management. Departments in Soil Science,
Forestry, Plant Sciences and others provide their 12,000+ students
a rich curriculum from which to choose quality course work.
UFBA is in the beautiful state of Bahia, the cultural
capital of Brazil. The Cruz das Almas Campus, located on the
Tabuleiros Costeiros, is just 70 km outside of Salvador with
easy access to the Caatinga (arid) and Atlantic Forest ecosystems.
Areas of Bahia are internationally recognized HOTSPOTS of biodiversity.
The Cruz das Almas campus, with its 600+ students gives a small
town atmosphere which translates into a friendly, easy living
environment yet it offers excellent courses in soil and plant
sciences and agricultural engineering.
The student will generally have their choice of
at which university they wish to study, but due to the need
of equivalency between universities that might not always be
possible. Positions will be filled on a first come philosophy.
Each student who travels with this program will
study in Brazil for one semester. Two semesters are possible,
but will depend on the student demand and will be evaluated
on a case-by-case condition.
Students can travel starting the fall semester of
2003. The first Brazilian semester begins in March of each year
and goes to June. The second semester starts in August and goes
Do I really get a scholarship
to study abroad?
Yes you do!! We will pay up to $2,000 per student who
is accepted by the program. This money will be used to pay for
your airfare AND a good share of your living expenses if you
choose that option. Beyond airfare, you can use the money to
pay expenses to get set up to travel (insurances, Visa, etc.).
It might also be possible to pay for additional language training
This is a unique opportunity since it makes it LESS
EXPENSIVE to study abroad than at home. The cost of living in
Brazil is much cheaper than in Gainesville or Athens.
If I participate, will I have
to graduate later than normal?
No you won’t. The Department of Education of
the federal government, which is the entity funding this program,
requires that your study abroad DOES NOT interfere with your
normal graduation. Credits for all courses that you take in
Brazil will transfer directly to UF or UGA. This is assured
by having a pre-approved program in Brazil before you leave
What about the
scholarships I now have to pay my UGA or UF tuition; will they
still be valid?
Even though you are studying in Brazil, you are still
a UGA or UF student paying your normal tuition. You DO NOT pay
tuition at the Brazilian university. Bright Futures for you
Floridians and the HOPE scholarship for you Georgians can still
be used to pay your tuition. Plus most other grants still can
Where will I live?
How will I survive?
When you arrive at your new university, you will have
a major professor and student mentor who will shepherd you through
the hassles of finding a place to live and getting settled at
the university. You will live with Brazilians and study with
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