Study-Abroad Fellowship: USA & Brazil

U.S.-Brazil Consortium for Interdisciplinary Action on Earth Resources and Environmental Issues


The US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program is run cooperatively by the governments of the United States and Brazil. The purpose of this program is to promote student-centered cooperation between the United States and Brazil to increase cross-national education and training opportunities in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. The US-Brazil Program is administrated jointly by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education, and the Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES), Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Consortium Description

Around the world, the use and development of the earth’s resources and the resulting environmental impact continue to be important in terms of technical, economic, and social issues. The scientists and engineers who deal with the technical issues must also consider the pertinent government regulations and effects on society when making decisions. The problems and solutions of resource use and environmental conservation have many similarities throughout the world, but also many differences. While university students may learn about these issues in the classroom, a true global understanding will only result through interaction with people from other countries. The proposed consortium, establishing a student exchange program between the U.S. and Brazil, will help students develop this understanding.

This consortium consists of four universities: the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) in the U.S., and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) in Brazil. A goal of the consortium is to combine the expertise of the four institutions to develop a curriculum to address global areas of concern, which will benefit the students academically and professionally. The program will provide geology and civil engineering students with an opportunity to study abroad that is appropriate to their field of interest. The students will increase their understanding of technical issues in natural resource use and environmental conservation in both countries, as well as learning a new language and culture.

Program Highlights

As a Texas A&M University exchange student, you will study during the spring semester at a host university in Brazil as a non-degree seeking student. During your stay at either UFRN or Unicamp, you will pay TAMU tuition, remain matriculated at TAMU and receive TAMU credit for your classes, which allows you to maintain your current financial aid package.

Undergraduates from the Civil Engineering Department or the College of Geosciences are eligible to participate in this International Exchange Program and are encouraged to apply. The program provides a fellowship of up to $3500 per student.

Instruction while in Brazil is in Portuguese. Additional funds are also available for language instruction.


Only students in the Department of Civil Engineering of in the College of Geosciences are elligible for this program. Undergraduate students must be juniors or seniors at the time of the exchange. All students must be in good academic standing, and possess demonstrated language proficiency.

Applying for the Fellowship

Application Materials: Completed the application form, unofficial transcript transcript, and statement of purpose. Application Form

Application Process: Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Biscontin at Rm. 705 of the CE/TTI Building by October 30 for the spring term.


The program provides a fellowship of up to $3500 per student. Additional funds are also available for language instruction. As you will still be registered at TAMU during your exchange program, you will still be elligible for your current financial aid package.

Estimated Costs: Housing: $300 - 450 per month; Board: $30-50 per month; Books/School supplies: $50–100 per semester; Entertainment/local travel: $80-100 per month. Please note: the figures listed are estimates only and subject to change based on exchange rates and/or inflation. The currency is Brazilian Real. For currency converter, visit


You will be attending regular classes at your host university. As such, the language of instruction will be Portuguese. If you already speak Spanish, then learning Portuguese is not difficult. Funds will be provided for intensive training in Portuguese. The program will be organized so that participants will arrive about a month prior to the start of classes, allowing for further immersion in the language and culture.


Once admitted to the program, you will need to define your coursework selection for your semester abroad. Your planned course list must be approved before the exchange begins. For a list of civil engineering courses at UNICAMP, see .


Please contact the following people if you are interrested in more information:

Civil Engineering:


Last updated on: October 4, 2006