NAFSA 2014

The annual NAFSA conference brings together more than 8,400 professionals in the field of international education for five days packed with training workshops, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and special events.

CAPES, EMBRATUR, FAUBAI, the Ministry of Education and 22 Brazilian Institutions were represented at the Brazilian Booth.

For those who attended, we hope you all had a successful conference and a pleasant trip back from San Diego.
Below, some images of the Brazilian booth at the last NAFSA.

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Brazilian Higher Education Institutions (NAFSA 2014)


FAUBAI – Association of Brazilian Higher Education Institutions Offices for International Relations, founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization. With 250 institutional members, it is dedicated to help the internationalization of Brazilian higher education; to promote the diversity and potential of the Brazilian higher education system abroad and to the training of its members through exchange of experiences and information, conferences, seminars, workshops, courses and meetings, consultancy to higher education institutions and advocacy.


Insper is a nonprofit educational institution focused on education and research. We are located in São Paulo, the leading financial and business center in South America.

Our business, economics and law programs are highly regarded in the market, based on national and international rankings.

Insper is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and is a CFA Program Partner.  It is ranked third in Latin America according to the Financial Times ranking of executive education programs.


Recognized worldwide as one of the most important doctoral research centers in the country, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) was founded in 1940.

The university has four Academic centers: the Center for Theology and Human Sciences (CTCH); the Center for Social Sciences (CCS); the Center for Science and Technology (CTC) and the Center for Biology and Medicine (CCBM). All departments offer: undergraduate courses (Bachelor’s degree) and graduate courses: Master’s and Doctorate.


Senac University Center offers 40 undergraduate, 119 graduate specialization and 84 continuing education courses, in Santo Amaro campus (São Paulo city), in two others in Águas de São Pedro and Campos do Jordão, and also in 23 Senac branches maintained statewide.

It has courses in the following fields of knowledge: Business, Communication and Arts, Design and Architecture, Environment, Engineering, Fashion, Health and Wellbeing, Information Technology, Hospitality and others.

Santo Amaro campus is the national headquarters of Senac’s distance education courses.


The Rio de Janeiro State University, UERJ, was founded in 1950 and since then has grown and become one of the main higher education institutions in Brazil.

In UERJ, the work is divided in: teaching, research, culture and technological innovation spanning 250 undergraduate and graduate courses for almost 31,000 students.


The Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is one of the most important research universities in Brazil, with outstanding performance in teaching, research and extension. UFMG offers 76 undergraduate courses, 72 graduate programs,  gathering approximately 50,000 students and more than 7000  faculty and staff. The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of its 3 campuses, as its success has been built upon strong foundations of commitment with the public character of the institution.


The Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) was created in 1970, in the heart of Brazil, in a state that is part of the Amazon region, encompassing a rich cultural and biological diversity. UFMT is a comprehensive university and has four campi: the main one in Cuiabá and three others – Rondonópolis in the southern region of the state, Sinop, to the north and Araguaia to the east. Besides, the university has laboratories and research bases in the three biomes of Mato Grosso: the Amazon forest, the Pantanal wetlands and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savanna). Come to UFMT!


The Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) combines excellence in research and teaching with service to society. UFPR is amongst Brazil’s top 10 universities in rankings produced by Brazilian and foreign agencies. It is also ranked 37th in the 2013 QS University Rankings: Latin America. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues in genomics and proteomics, biotechnology, environmental science, development of new materials, molecular diagnosis, epidemiological studies and humanities.


The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is a comprehensive university of 50.000 members. With 65 different undergraduate courses, UFRGS has been ranked for the second consecutive year best Brazilian university by the Ministry of Higher Education. We offer 81 different graduate programs, of which 30 are considered of “international level”, according to CAPES. UFRGS maintains agreements with more than 110 foreign universities, including Double Degrees in Engineering. International students are welcome to attend part of our courses in English.


The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ has three campuses, seven museums, eight university hospitals, one Science Park and two business incubators. National and internationally recognized by the high quality of teaching as well as by its commitment to research, the UFRJ distinguishes itself in several fields of study. The institution’s excellence can be verified, for example, by international indicators which place the UFRJ among the top ten Latin American Universities. Created in 1920, it is the oldest Brazilian university, and nowadays has more nearly 60 thousand students. Following a global trend, the UFRJ has established relationships with more than 180 international institutions all over the world.



Located in Natal, on the coast of the Brazilian Northeast region, UFRN stands out among the top public universities in Brazil, providing programs in all areas. Currently we have almost 40,000 students, distributed in more than 200 undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs.

All areas develop research with strong international cooperation, especially Materials Engineering, Petroleum, Biodiversity and Tropical Medicine, as well as the Brain Institute and the International Institute of Physics.


The Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ) is one of the best public universities in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, with 43 undergraduate and 20 Graduate programs in almost all fields of expertise.

Founded in 1986, UFSJ’s highly accredited programs are distributed among 6 campuses, attending a number of 16,000 students. Among our strongest areas of expertise, we highlight our Engineering Programs; Physics and Chemistry of Materials; Sustainable Development Technologies; and our Humanities and Arts Programs.


The Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, located in Uberaba/MG, offers 24 undergraduation courses, 08 technical courses as well as stricto and lacto sensu post-graduation courses (including 31 programs of Medical Residency).

The courses contemplate the areas of health, humanities and exact and technological sciences. The university also maintains a hospital complex registered at the National Health System that assists patients from more than 400 cities in the state of Minas Gerais and from other 14 states.


The Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) was established as a land-grant institution in 1926. Currently, UFV is a comprehensive institution with 3 campuses, 20,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students, and more than 1,000 full-time professors. UFV offers 67 undergraduate and 43 graduate programs.

According to the QS University Rankings 2013, UFV is ranked among the TOP 100 universities in the world, in Agriculture and Forestry, and as one of the TOP 100 universities in the BRICS countries.


UNAERP is an Institution of higher education founded in 1924 in the state of São Paulo. Preparing professionals to address the challenges facing the world today UNAERP has invested in teaching, research and in a network of services to the community.

Established in two campuses, Ribeirão Preto and Guarujá, UNAERP offers undergraduation and graduation programs in the areas of Human, Health and Exact Sciences and also Technological Courses. QS rated UNAERP as one of the greatest educational centers of Latin America with increased number of international partners.


The University of Brasilia (UnB) is the federal university of the Brazilian capital. Its uniqueness is to be close to the policy-makers of Brazil, the UE Commission and all the embassies, so the university dialogues often with them.

The UnB offers 92 bachelor degrees, 62 certificates, 93 masters’ degrees  and 68 PhD degrees. Also, in stem and life sciences, the UnB is ranked among the best in Brazil, having  some large projects with IT companies and others.


Listed among the three largest and most important Brazilian universities, UNESP stands out as an example of extreme success among the multicampus institutions around the world. As one of three public universities maintained by the government of the state of São Paulo, UNESP offers quality education while developing strategic research and interacting with the community through different service projects.

UNESP offers courses in different areas of theoretical and experimental sciences such as engineering, health, communications, humanities, social sciences and arts, among others. UNESP’s knowledge education complex comprises today 34 units in 24 cities.


The University of Campinas (Unicamp) is a public university funded by the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

Established in 1966 in the city of Campinas with the goal to become an academic center of excellence, providing high-standard undergraduate and graduate education, Unicamp is within the 50 best universities of the world with less than 50 years according with the World Top Universities Ranking 2013.


Univali is a multi-campus university located along the central northern coast of Santa Catarina, a state in which a strong economy, natural beauty and quality of life go hand in hand.

It has 25,000 students and offers 70 graduate courses (classroom and distance learning modes), 9 Master’s Degree and 6 Doctoral Programs recommended by CAPES/MEC. In addition to providing students with multicultural classes taught in English and Spanish, Univali has over 140 academic partnerships worldwide.

Service Providers (NAFSA 2014)


BELTA is a non-profit civil society that works on a national scope. Founded in 1992, it is the first association into the International Education field in Latin America. Our members are committed to acquainting, promoting, intermediating and executing education and exchange services in Brazil and overseas.

The Inbound Department of Belta aims to coordinate initiatives promoted by Agencies, Organizations and Educational Institutions to promote Brazil as a destination for international students interested in educational and exchange programs.


Brazilian Experience, or simply “BE”, is an educational and tourism organization specialized in exchange programs in Brazil.

Our mission is to organize experiences and provide high quality support for universities and international students visiting our country.

We operate faculty led programs, service immersion trips, internships, volunteer and teaching opportunities. 

Campus Brasil

Campus Brasil is proud to be the first Brazilian-owned organization specialized in customized faculty-led programs. For years we have collaborated with many top universities around the world; seeing each one as an integral part of the Campus Brasil family, with different needs, dreams, and expectations. These relationships motivate our team to work nonstop, aiming to make the lives of our faculty partners easier.

We pride ourselves on developing innovative itineraries that help our participants learn, grow, and explore Brazil from a completely new perspective.


Experimento was founded in Brazil in 1964 and was the first organization to provide Brazilians the opportunity to travel abroad as exchange students.

Experimento was awarded “Best Agency in Latin America” by the Language Travel Magazine – Star Awards for International Education for four consecutive years – 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Inbound Department opens this amazing country to foreign students in search of practical opportunities to expand their knowledge and get deeper into Brazilian Studies.


Since 1991, Fast Forward Language Institute has been devoted to providing high quality and personalized instruction in Portuguese for foreigners. We work with our own teaching methods, aimed at students’ total cultural immersion. In Brazil, Fast Forward currently has locations in São Paulo and Maceió, each offering a unique and captivating experience in the cultural reality of the Portuguese language today.

We work hard to create an intimate atmosphere both during and after class time that welcomes, inspires, challenges and responds to each individual student.