Starting in January 2012 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been a host institution for the Brazilian Scientific Mobility program, or Ciência sem Fronteiras. As an initiative of the Brazilian government, 100,000 of Brazil’s brightest students will complete one year of study in a STEM field at an institution in the United States. It is expected that the United States will receive the majority of these students.
As of August 2014, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has hosted over 300 of these Brazilian students in undergraduate academic programs, the Intensive English Program, and master's degree programs. This initiative is overseen by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES), and enables students to study abroad at some of the world’s best universities. Undergraduate programs in the United States are administered by the Institute for International Education. The graduate program has full PhD, sandwich PhD, and post-doc assistantships available. The full and sandwich PhD’s are administered by the Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU).
Another highlight of this program are the opportunities for individuals from abroad to develop research in Brazil as “Special Visiting Researcher” and “Young Talents” (http://www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br/web/csf-eng/opportunities-for-individuals-from-abroad). For more information, contact Dr. Liana Calegare.
Brazil has recently become the number 2 country of origin for international students at UNL. One tool for attracting Brazilian students has been a new bilingual splash page: international.unl.edu/brasil. The University is working hard to establish relationships with Brazilian institutions that will advantage UNL and Brazilian faculty and students.