Will it be only the students traveling, or will professors go along as well?
Selected US students (from Texas Tech or Univ of Florida) will travel to Brazil on their own to the airport in either Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, where they will be received by someone from the language school. The students will stay there for a month and then continue on to a university in either Belem or Porto Alegre to attend classes. When arriving there, they will be received by Brazilian students and Professors affiliated with our program.
Will the students live in dorms on the campus or another location?
Students will live off-campus because most Brazilian universities do not provide on-campus housing. The two housing options are: 1) to share a rented apartment with another student or to live alone or 2) to rent a room with a Brazilian family recommended by the University. Housing for selected US students (from Texas Tech or Univ of Florida) depends on availability and interest by individual students. We (Christian Nansen at Texas Tech and Clyde Fraisse at Univ Florida) will assist the US students by putting them in contact with students and administrators at the universities in Brazil so that housing is available when the US students arrive.
Do we chose the university to study at or are we placed at one?
The two universities in Brazil offer a wide range of courses but selected US students (from Texas Tech or Univ of Florida) will be placed at the university that is most relevant to their academic interests.
What classes are offered at the Brazilian universities?
US students can chose courses from a broad range of disciplines, we recommend interested students to visit the university websites. Classes should be approved by student’s faculty advisor prior to travel to Brazil.
How will credits be transferred?
Texas Tech and Univ of Florida have agreements in place with participating Brazilian universities, so that credit hours from courses taken at these universities are transferred to the transcript you receive from your host university. Prior to going to Brazil, we – meaning the student, Christian Nansen (Texas Tech) or Clyde Fraise (Univ. Florida), and your advisor will agree upon the credit value of the courses US students will take in Brazil, so that it is clear – BEFORE GOING TO BRAZIL – how many and which courses will constitute a full semester load.
Will I be able to take 12 hours if needed to maintain scholarship requirements?
Studying abroad DOES NOT affect your eligibility regarding scholarships – you will maintain all your scholarships by taking 12 credit hours in Brazil as long as you register as a full time student in Brazil for the equivalent to 12 credit hours.
Do I need to start a Portuguese class in the summer and also take one in the fall?
Selected US students (from Texas Tech or Univ of Florida) should take as much Portuguese as possible before studying abroad. We (Christian Nansen at Texas Tech and Clyde Fraisse at Univ Florida) will make arrangements with students based on their language skills (some students already are fluent in Spanish and therefore have an advantage) so that each student gets the best possible preparation.
Will there be research or other travel opportunities while abroad?
Depending on academic interests, we will try to involve students in research programs at the university you are visiting. That is, the contact professor at each university (see web page on collaborating universities) is responsible for contacting colleagues within the research area the students are interested in and facilitate their participation in on-going research activities.
How will life be as a study abroad student in Brazil?
This will depend mainly on you and on which of the two universities in Brazil you are going to study at. Before going, we (Christian Nansen at Texas Tech and Clyde Fraisse at Univ Florida) will put you in contact with students at the university in Brazil so you can ask as much as you want. But the key point is that you will ultimately be responsible for how much you will get out of this opportunity. Also, Brazilian students will be at both US universities, so they can provide information and help US students create a network of contact even before leaving the US.