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Wednesday September 21, 2011

Brazil Looking to Send 75,000 College Students to World’s Best Schools

Brazil Looking to Send 75,000 College Students to World’s Best Schools

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As their President Dilma Rouseff becomes the first woman to open debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Brazil is seeing an increase in the number of students able to attend some of the top schools in the United States and across the world.

Brazil has a population of about 200 million, but only had roughly 9,000 students attending schools in the U.S. in the 2009-2010 school year, compared to China, which had more than 127,000 students in U.S. schools.

Now, as the Brazilian economy is doing well, its government is eager to get its students out in the world to be educated by the world’s best schools with a program that looks to give 75,000 students college scholarships to attend top university to study subjects of “strategic national importance” such as engineering.

Though experts are in favor of the government’s plan, they caution that the students need to be prepared for attending schools in other countries, and are at risk of encountering a language barrier problem. However, the country’s government has said they are aware of the issue and are looking in to providing grants that include training for such language and cultural issues.