Student Exchange in Forestry, Wetlands and Natural Resource
Management: Tropical to Temperate Ecosystems
Welcome to the UF-UFV-UGA-UFBA Home Page for Student Exchange
Programs in Brazil for U.S. undergraduates. If you are a University
of Florida or University of Georgia-Athens student interested
in studying in Brazil at the Federal Universities of Viçosa
and Bahia... click here
Estude no Exterior em Manejo dos Florestais e híricos
e Recursos Naturais: Ecosistemas Tropicais ao Temperado
Bem Vindo á pagina de UF-UFV-UGA-UFBA para intercâmbio
de estudantes graduacão com os Estados Unidos. Se vôce
fosse um estudante na Universidade Federal de Viçosa
ou na Bahia e são interessados em estudar nas Universidades
de Flórida ou Georgia-Athens …clique
Let us fund your stay in Brazil as you spend a semester experiencing
Brazilian culture and making lifelong friends. We will pay for
your airfare and most of your living expenses while there!!
Choose from the Universidade Federal
de Viçosa or Bahia
Adriano Almeida had never visited the United States before taking part in the Brazil/Georgia exchange program. Almeida, who completes his year at the Warnell School of Forest Resources in May, came here from Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Cruz das Almas of the state of Bahia.
While the language barrier presents an ongoing challenge, Almeida is enthusiastic about the program and his experiences as a student here. “The transition was easier because the students, the teachers…everyone has been so nice and very helpful.”
He recognizes the need for strong international relationships in natural resources, and believes Brazil needs people who are familiar with how the United States manages their forests.
But for those willing to learn the language, Middlebrooks promises “an opportunity to learn life lessons about culture, patience, and tolerance not possible in the classroom.”
After completing the language program, he began a semester at the Federal University of Vicosa in Minas Gerais. In addition to taking classes in wildlife management, environmental monitoring, and limnology and aquaculture, he spent a week on the Amazon visiting various forests and biological reserves.
“Seeing the Amazon was an amazing experience,” he says. “We saw toucans and macaws, iguanas sunning themselves on the banks, caught piranha and swam with freshwater dolphins.”
He also completed a directed study for his senior thesis, looking at the spatial and temporal distribution of frogs at a pond near the UFV campus. The university provided him a job in their natural history museum collecting herpetofaunal specimens.
Middlebrooks, who graduates this spring, takes with him the invaluable lessons he learned in Brazil, along with lifelong friendships and many fond memories.
“I can’t imagine a better way to wrap up my college education,” he says. “I urge other students to consider this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the unique natural beauty of Brazil.”
Study Abroad in Brazil: Videos
These three videos will introduce you to the various locations
you will visit during your time in Brazil.
Why study in Brazil?
Brazil is a country rich in natural resources and unique in
its culture. You can experience biodiversity “hotspots”,
visit world famous beaches, see the largest undeveloped landscape
in the world, play soccer, and learn the samba!
You can be a student at one of two Brazilian universities and
live and study with other Brazilian students. The cities of
Viçosa and Cruz das Almas are quiet, safe communities
where you will openly be accepted into the community and make
friends that will last a lifetime
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This student exchange can be coordinated with
other UGA programs such as the intensive Portuguese course in
Exchange programs are available at for fall or spring semesters
beginning fall 2003 through spring 2006
Programs are available at:
Universidade Federal da Bahia
(UFBA -Cruz das Almas) or Universidade
Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
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