Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (formerly known as Science Without Borders) or Ciência sem fronteras is designed to expand STEM innovation for Brazilian nationals with substantial funding from the Brazilian government. The program sends undergraduate and graduate Brazilian students as well as faculty, researchers, and post-docs for study, research, and internships at the top universities in the US and other countries.

The program is a joint effort of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology through their respective funding agencies – CAPES and CNPq - and is administered by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

Programs at NC State University

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program students volunteering with the Miracle League of the Triangle

North Carolina State University and the GTI welcomed its first cohort of students in this program in the Spring of 2012. Brazilian students take NC State courses for two semesters and participate in a 2-4 month internship. The students participate in GTI activities to help them transition into life at an American university and they can also take part in cultural, community service, and academic activities with other NC State students in the International Cultural Leadership Project.

Our partner universities in Brazil are eager to make the exchange of information and people a two-way street and have expressed an interest in visits there by members from NC State. There is also funding available in some cases. Please contact Michael Bustle in GTI for more information.

Click here for more information and the application for the undergraduate study-internship program

Click here for more information if you are are interested in the International Student Internship program (supervised research on-campus with an NC State faculty advisor or an off-campus industry placement).

Information for NC State Faculty and Advisors

The BSMP program that facilitates Brazilian students to study at NC State for one or two semesters in non-degree programs is a partnership between the GTI and the academic departments at the University. Departments are not obligated to admit or enroll non-degree students on this program or any sponsored program. If your department is (or is not) definitely interested in visiting students of this type, please let us know and we will pass on departmental caps to the program administrator. The GTI does not admit students to study in a particular program without the agreement and support of the DGP or departmental coordinator of advising. We look forward to working with our departmental colleagues and are pleased to witness the growing excitement among the departments concerning the current cohort of Brazilian students in this program.

NC State partnerships in Brazil

NC State University has ten active and mutually beneficial partnerships with some of Brazil’s top universities (listed below) – five in the federal university system and five other excellent academic institutions with which we share common programs, strengths, and objectives. We especially encourage students from our current partners in Brazil to apply for a program at NC State, but excellent students from other Brazilian institutions are also encouraged to apply. Brazil Scientific Mobility Program applicants must apply through IIE.

  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

  • Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR)

  • Universidade Federal Juiz de Fora(UFJF)

  • Universidade Federal do Tocantins(UFT)

  • Universidade Federal de Vicosa (UFV)

  • Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP)

  • Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Parana (PUCPR)

  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)

  • Universidade do Contestado (UnC)

  • Faculdade SENAI-CETIQT