The information on this page refers to the 2012 program year. For an application and to arrange an interview, contact Professor Arthur Marotti 313-577-3409 or e-mail email@example.com
Since the Fall of 2003, first with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, and then with funds provided by former Wayne State University President, Irvin Reid, Wayne State has been sending five to six undergraduate and graduate students per year from a wide range of departments and colleges at this university to two Brazilian universities for a semester of study: The Federal University in Santa Catarina (in Florianopolis) and The Federal University in Minas Gerais (in Belo Horizonte). Both Brazilian universities are highly selective schools with a wide variety of programs and are situated in attractive and culturally rich environments. Given the differences in the Brazilian university calendars from the American ones, the best time for a semester abroad for American students has been the Brazilian Spring semester, which begins in August and ends in December.
In accordance with the inter-university agreement between Wayne State and the two Brazilian federal universities, courses taken by Wayne students in Brazil are accepted for credit at Wayne State without having to go through the regular course transfer process. Wayne State students in the program enroll in BEP 5000 for the number of credits they are taking in Brazil and continue to pay Wayne State tuition, to which any scholarship and loan money can be applied. They are not charged any tuition or fees at the Brazilian universities for the semester of study there—except for the required intensive language course offered in the month preceding the start of the regular academic semester. Depending on the number of students accepted and the availability of funds, modest stipends may be awarded to students accepted into the program.
Preliminary intensive language training in Brazilian Portuguese has been arranged at WSU during the Winter semester and in May and June. Students with a background in Spanish should be able to pick up Portuguese at an accelerated pace.
Students from all fields and all colleges in active degree programs are eligible to apply. For an application form and to arrange an interview, they should contact Professor Arthur Marotti (313-577-3409; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some thirty-six Wayne students have already participated in the program and benefited from the rich experience of close, prolonged contact with another culture. There are plans to continue this exchange program for the foreseeable future.