Florida Tech Hosts Students from Brazil in Science Without Borders Program

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology is hosting three students from Brazil who are studying in the College of Engineering. They are among the approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduate students who are now at campuses across the United States. Funded by the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders program, the students will study for two semesters at more than a hundred United States colleges and universities, and will take part in a summer internship.

“We are very happy to be chosen as a host campus for this important program,” said Gary Hamme, Florida Tech associate vice president for enrollment management. “We value this tie to Brazil and appreciate the cultural enrichment these students will bring.”

Attending Florida Tech this spring are Hydeckel Freitas Lima Neto and Thiago Goncalves Pereira Mendonca, mechanical engineering; and Bruno Goncalves Coghi, aerospace engineering. An additional 1,500 students are scheduled to arrive in the United States later this year for the summer and fall programs.

Announced in August 2011, The Science Without Borders program provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.

Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), this undergraduate scholarship program is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students to study abroad at the world’s best universities. The program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of over 20 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. The IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations and corporations. The IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.


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