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Brazilian Students Study Engineering at Island University

September 04, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Thanks to a program sponsored by the Brazilian government, two students from Brazil are currently studying at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Island University was selected to participate in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), a one-year program for Brazilian students to study abroad in the United States. BSMP is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 100,000 Brazilian university students the opportunity to study abroad at the world's best colleges and universities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Giovane Nogueira Rossi, a mechanical engineering major whose home institution is Federal University of Technology-Parana, and Vitor Izumino Sgrignoli, an electrical engineering major whose home institution is Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, are the first two students to come to the Island University as part of this program. Rossi and Sgrignoli are fully sponsored by the Brazilian government, and were each granted approximately $35,000 in scholarships to cover their tuition and living expenses. Both will study on campus for this academic year – fall 2015 and spring 2016.

“We are proud to participate in a program that brings the brightest students from Brazil to the Island University,” said Dr. Paul Meyer, Vice Provost of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Not only will these students receive a top-notch education from the best professors in engineering, but they will also enjoy the beauty, culture and pride of our campus community.”

The goals of BSMP are to promote scientific research, to invest in educational resources both within Brazil and internationally, to increase international cooperation within science and technology, and to initiate and engage students in global dialogue.