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2011.12.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.4040 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO Selected to Host Scholarship Winners From Brazil

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be among the first U.S. universities to host students under a new scholarship program created by the Brazilian government.

Earlier this year, Brazil’s Ministry of Education vastly increased the number of scholarships for students studying abroad in science, technology, engineering and math. With one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, Brazil sees these STEM fields as critical to sustaining its development.

About 100,000 Brazilian students will study overseas under the full-ride scholarships in the next three years and a significant number of those will likely come to the United States. The goal of the Brazilian government is to send its best students to the best schools in the world.

UNO was selected after Admissions Advisor Julie Soper made a recruiting tour through Brazil and later met with Brazilian higher education leaders at a June conference in Washington D.C. Furthermore, UNO has been able to offer tuition considerations for highly qualified students.

Soper said that building cultural, academic and economic ties with Brazil will be critical for UNO and Greater Omaha.

“These days, Brazil is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, whether it’s about economics, politics, sports, or music,” Soper said. “We want to be a part of that excitement.”

Candidates in Brazil are first nominated by their schools and then compete nationwide for the scholarships. The first Brazilian students coming to UNO will study in the spring semester, complete an internship during the summer and then enroll in the fall semester as well.

Initially, the scholarships cover one year at UNO and students will complete their academic programs in Brazil. If all goes well for those students, UNO anticipates enrolling many more scholarship winners in the coming years, perhaps for longer stays.

Among UNO’s 1,695 international students and participants last year, five were from Brazil. UNO’s outreach to Brazil is part of the University of Nebraska system’s larger initiative to engage strategically important nations.

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