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WSU strives to grow internationally while hosting students through the Science without Borders program.
The program is sponsored by the Brazilian government and provides students with scholarships in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. WSU welcomed five international students from Brazil in January.
Laurie Quiring, International Programs coordinator for enrollment and academic services, worked with multiple WSU offices to help enroll the students at the university and said she is impressed with some of the qualifications the students brought to the table.
Quiring said one student plays the violin in the WSU Orchestra, another has already earned an internship position in their field of study and a third student is taking graduate level classes. International Programs declined to release names of the students.
The Science without Borders scholarship is granted through the New York-based Institute of International Education. The program is part of a Brazilian grant that gives students a chance to study abroad at some of the best universities in the nation.
PremaArasu, WSU vice provost and associate vice president of International Programs, said WSU has not had any undergraduate students from Brazil studying on campus in more than two years.
"It was collaboration with WSU’s Office of Admissions and the Registrar’s Office that allowed us to be one of the first few institutions to partner with the Institute of International Education to host these students for spring 2012 entry," she said.
Institute of International Education President Allan Goodman said having Brazilian students at American universities is another way to help build a stronger connection between the United States and Brazil.
"At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation,” he said.
There are about 650 Brazilian students studying throughout the United States. Once portions of their studies are completed in America, they will return to Brazil to complete their degrees, Goodman said.