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USA offers scholarships for intensive English courses to students interested in the Science Without Borders Program

Brasília, March 26, 2012

The U.S. Embassy, through the Brazil-USA Association of Educational and Cultural Entities, has earmarked US$ 200,000 for scholarships on intensive English and U.S. culture courses for students interested in applying for the Brazilian Government’s Science without Borders program. “The United States hosted the first group of students in the Science without Borders program, and we also want to be the first to offer scholarships to potential candidates in the Brazilian program,” says the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, John Matel.

The program, called English3 (English Cubed), was developed by specialists from the U.S. and Brazil-USA Binational Centers and will use the latest resources with innovative methodologies and online content. The program will be divided into three modules: a 60-hour preparatory course for the TOEFL test in English proficiency; a 60-hour course on writing and presentation techniques in English, and a 30-hour course on academic and cultural life in the USA.

The scholarships will initially benefit at least 125 low-income students with excellent academic records and who live in the following cities: Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Campinas, Curitiba, Guarapuava, Londrina, Manaus, Marília, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and Sorocaba.

Students applying for an English3 scholarship must have the following prerequisites:

  • Be enrolled in a higher technology course in the areas and subjects recommended in the description of the Science without Borders program.
  • Be Brazilian or a naturalized citizen.
  • Have scored at least 600 points on the National High School Exam (ENEM).
  • Have a good academic record.
  • Have concluded at least 40% of the curriculum established for the graduation course.
  • Have an intermediate level of proficiency in the English language.
  • Have a proven need for financial support.

For further information on the English3 program, go to: and for the Science Without Borders Program: 

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