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Welcoming reception promotes the integration of interchange students

About 800 foreign students attend UFRGS’ classes in undergraduate, graduate and Portuguese programs
Welcoming reception promotes the integration of interchange students

Quality of education and diversification summarize the main reasons for choosing Brazil and UFRGS Photo: Rochele Zandavalli

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The Welcoming Reception to International Students, a traditional event in the beginning of the semester, was held on March 15th. The activity aims to integrate foreign exchange students with UFRGS’ community, introducing them to the Central Administration members.

President Carlos Alexandre Netto welcomed the newcomers and pointed out the ever-growing consolidation of UFRGS internationalization actions. UFRGS’ President highlighted the gains from overseas educational experience: “The students share knowledge and exchange experiences between different cultures”. Jingyi Wang (Dóris) is one of the enthusiasts with such exchange of experiences. The Chinese student, who is currently enrolled in the “Portuguese for Foreigners” Program, praises the miscegenation of the Brazilian population and the warm and hospitable reception she has so far received. “I love the music and the soccer – I even cheer for one of the local teams, I’m Colorada”.

The Officer of International Affairs (RELINTER), Nicolas Maillard, spoke of the high-quality free education at UFRGS and the opportunity of integrating local issues in research projects as the two main reasons given for exchange students who choose UFRGS. “Quality and diversification summarize the reasons,” Maillard explained.

800 international students

The University’s reputation for excellence is one of the reasons for Mozambique to be the second country with the largest number of students at the UFRGS International Campus. According to Edvaldo Macaringdue, who has recently started in the Mining Engineering program, UFRGS is famous for its quality education: “Three ministers in my country have studied here. As I see it, the quality of education provided here will guarantee I return to Mozambique and have opportunities in the companies which have been settling there, mainly those in the mining field.”

Colombia is the country with the highest number of foreign students sent to UFRGS: 192 in this semester, according to RELINTER (UFRGS’ Office of International Affairs). Sergio Lasso is one of the students who came from the Latin-American country to study Zootechnics. According to him, after checking the courses offered in several university programs throughout the continent, he has chosen UFRGS for its broad offer of courses and the possibility of learning another language. Mariana Cubillos, also Colombian, is enrolled in the Industrial, Control and Automation Engineering program and has also chosen Brazil for the opportunity to learn and practice a foreign language and get in contact with the local culture. Other countries that have also sent a high number of students to UFRGS are Argentina, Peru, France, Uruguay, Mexico, China, and Germany.

Translated by translation students enrolled in the course Versão do Inglês II, under the supervision of Professor Elizamari Becker.

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