The University of Wisconsin-Madison exchange program in Belo Horizonte allows students the opportunity to directly enroll at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). This exchange program provides students the opportunity to improve their Portuguese language skills while learning about Brazilian culture.
Belo Horizonte, a city of over three million people, is located in the state of Minas Gerais which is known for its historical significance, natural beauty, and vibrant economy. This area includes wealthy colonial cities such as Ouro Preto, as well as beautiful baroque architecture. Belo Horizonte was founded in 1897 as the first planned city in the Brazilian Republic and was designated the capital of Minas Gerais. The city is also a leading cultural center, with more than three universities, a historical museum, numerous libraries, and sports stadiums. Belo Horizonte is built on several hills and is completely surrounded by mountains; this city is located in the center of the state of Minas Gerais and only six kilometers from the Serra do Curral, Mina Gerais' highest point that offers a magnificent view of the city. With an average temperature of seventy degrees Fahrenheit and claims of having more culinary and entertainment establishments than most cities in Brazil, it is no wonder that the city was named the "city with the best quality of life in Latin America."
The University of Wisconsin-Madison exchange program in Rio de Janeiro allows students the opportunity to directly enroll at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC-Rio). This exchange program provides students the opportunity to improve their Portuguese language skills while learning about Brazilian culture.
Rio de Janeiro is an exciting city perfectly situated between a lush tropical forest and the Atlantic Ocean. Rio provides its residents and visitors alike a majestic realm of colors, sounds and smells. With an intense cultural life, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for those who want to immerse themselves into the South American reality: plays, shows, concerts, exhibitions, street performances, scientific conferences, cultural debates - everything happens in Rio.
In the Spring 2012 semester the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting the first group of Brazilian college students being sent to study abroad as part of the federal government's recently launched CSF (Ciências sem Fronteiras; Science without Borders) program. This first contingent is made up of nine Engineering students; most of them are from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), which has a broad-spectrum collaboration agreement with the UW. More CSF students are expected to attend the UW each semester in the next two academic years.