The Programa de Estudantes-Convênio de Graduação – PEC-G (Undergraduate Program for Foreign Students) has been UFRGS' a gateway to foreign students coming from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. Presently, PEC-G has about 50 students enrolled in undergraduate courses at UFRGS. Twelve new students enrolled in undergraduate programs at UFRGS this semester.
Both the students' origin and the courses taken by them vary significantly. Only this year, UFRGS received students from the Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Paraguay, Honduras, Angola, Ghana, and Venezuela. The undergraduate courses chosen by the students were Geosciences, International Affairs, Biomedicine, Odontology, Civil and Mining Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Phonoaudiology, Journalism and Economics.
“I wish you a happy stay at UFRGS,” said UFRGS' President Carlos Alexandre Netto to the new students. Netto advised the exchange students to take full advantage of the University to build and propel their respective careers, taking part in extra-class activities – such as research projects and outreach programs – and visiting the cultural spaces offered by UFRGS to its academic community.
Several University units that support freshmen, and members of the undergraduate commissions of the partaking courses presented the student support structure to the newcomers. The Pró-Reitoria de Assuntos Estudantis – PRAE (The Office of Student Assistance) offers a specific public notice of aids to students of PEC-G, which are entitled to assistance in housing, food and transportation. The Núcleo de Apoio ao Estudante – NAE (Student Support Center) released its activities involving issues related to University adaptation, as well as vocational and career guidance and learning.
PEC-G was created in 1965 by the Ministério das Relações Exteriores – MRE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and by the Ministério da Educação – MEC (Ministry of Education), in partnership with the Brazilian Federal Universities. Andrea Benites, coordinator to PCE-G at UFRGS, explained that exchange students initially have to undertake an application process conducted by the Brazilian embassy in their respective countries. Later, MRE and MEC conclude the recruitment process and the distribution of students among the participant universities.
Further information about PEC-G can be obtained at PROGRAD's website.
Translated by translation students enrolled in the course Versão do Inglês II, under the supervision of Professor Elizamari Becker.