UTSA is hosting eight STEM students from Brazil this academic year in an international program designed to give Brazilian students an opportunity to study at some of the world’s top universities.
The students are participating in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), a one-year, non-degree program allowing Brazilian students to study abroad, particularly in the STEM disciplines.
“The program will greatly enhance UTSA’s international outreach effort in Latin America,” said Rene Zenteno, UTSA vice provost for international initiatives and senior international officer. “More international students are choosing UTSA because of the top-tier educational opportunities we offer.”
The BSMP is a collaborative effort among the Institute of International Education, Brazilian Ministry of Education, and Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation. The eight undergraduate students, who are taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses at UTSA, include:
• Andre Leite Cabrera Pereira da Rosa, information systems
• Breno Figueiredo Nunes, information systems
• Felipe Canfild Taborda, mechanical engineering
• Felipe Cardoso Prado Martins, chemistry
• Gabriel Maioque Teceron, mechanical engineering
• Gianluca Massini Cagliari, electrical engineering
• Gustavo Moreia Mendes, computer science
• Yan Da Silva Cavalcanti, civil engineering
The students will study for two semesters at UTSA, and have the option to remain at UTSA for summer classes next year. The BSMP, formerly known as Brazil Science Without Borders, is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 Brazilian university students the opportunity to study abroad at the world’s best colleges and universities.
UTSA is rising in prominence as a destination for international students. This summer, UTSA hosted 42 students from Tecnológico de Monterrey. They took courses in engineering, architecture and business. About 1,700 international students are attending UTSA this fall, with the largest delegations from India, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia.
As more international students come to UTSA, the university is also growing its study abroad opportunities for UTSA students. This academic year saw a record breaking increase in the number of UTSA students studying abroad, with a total of 416 students traveling to almost 30 countries in Western Europe, Latin America and Asia.
UTSA faculty engagement in international study is also at an all-time high, with 339 UTSA students participating in 25 faculty-directed programs.
Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for students to add value to their course work by building intercultural communication skills, independence, self-confidence, teamwork and creativity, making them better prepared to compete in today’s global workforce.
“International study gives students new perspectives on different cultures and real-world issues,” said Lisa Marie Gomez, executive director of the UTSA Office of International Programs. “The personal growth that comes from studying abroad complements their academic work and contributes to a well-rounded educational experience.”
To learn more about the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, visit http://www.iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Scientific-Mobility.
To learn more about UTSA’s study abroad programs, visit http://international.utsa.edu/senior-international-officer/welcome/.