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Dr. Alon Kvashny
Department of Landscape Architecture
Box 42121; Lubbock, TX; 79409-2121
Phone: (806) 742-2858


  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG): Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) is one of Brazil’s five largest universities. UFMG offers 44 undergraduate courses in all areas of knowledge to 20,000 students. Most courses are offered in Belo Horizonte at 19 academic units, of which 11 are located on the Pampulha campus. The Agronomy School is outside the State capital, at the Center for Agriculture, in Montes Claros, in northern Minas Gerais
  • Universidade de São Paulo (USP): Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is the largest and one of the best universities in Brazil and Latin America. USP has more than 80,000 students and 5,000 faculty in six campuses in the State of São Paulo. The university offers a range of undergraduate courses and more than 200 graduate programs. Engineering courses at USP are taught at the Polytechnic School (Escola Politecnica) and agricultural sciences courses at the ESALQ campus in Piracicaba, near Sao Paulo. USP is located in the City of São Paulo, a metropolitan area center with more than 11 million people that is the economic and industrial center of Brazil.
  • Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG): UFCG is one of the leading technological and research institutions in northeastern Brazil. It was mentioned in a 2001 edition of the Newsweek magazine as a technopole – among nine other around the world – that represents a new vision for technology. It was again quoted in 2003 as the Brazilian Silicon Valley. It is a public university whose main campus is located in the city of Campina Grande, State of Paraiba.

U.S. Department of Education’s United States – Brazil Program
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

This is an international program for Texas Tech University and University of New Mexico undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary studies, engineering, geosciences, biology, agricultural sciences and related fields. Scholarship covers round-trip air travel, basic living expenses in Brazil and one month intensive Portuguese course in Rio or Sao Paulo. Credit hours transferred to your transcript. Study and live like a local student. Note: Registration is open to go to Brazil for the 2015 Spring Semester only.

  • Program Overview: The U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education (FIPSE Program). Brazilian students in the program are supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES). Texas Tech University (lead institution) and University of New Mexico are the U.S. institutions and the Brazilian partner institutions are The Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG) in Campina Grande, and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo.
  • Consortium Objectives: The Consortium will support the exchange of 36 students among the partner universities from 2011 to 2014 with an extension to 2015. Texas Tech and University of New Mexico will send four or five students in January 2015 to study during the 2015 spring semester at one of the Brazilian partner universities. U.S. students will take regular courses at one of the three partner Brazilian universities, become proficient in Portuguese, get acquainted with Brazilian culture and gain international experience.
  • Eligibility for Enrollment: The program targets sophomore and junior undergraduate students in landscape architecture, biology, civil engineering and geography. Seniors and graduate students with outstanding academic performance will be eligible upon advisor’s recommendation. Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA for applicants. Program participants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Academic Credits: Students will receive full credit (12-15 credit hours per semester) for successfully completed course work. Students must obtain advisor’s approval for the courses that will be taken in Brazil to ensure transfer of credits that will meet their degree requirements at Texas Tech or the University of New Mexico.
  • Living in Brazil: Most Brazilian universities do not provide on-campus housing. Host universities will help students to find housing at private homes registered with the university or to rent apartments near campus. Renting apartments may require sharing the unit with another student. Students accepted in the program are awarded scholarships, but will need supplemental funds for living and additional expenses.
  • Program Details: Students pay Texas Tech or University of New Mexico tuition and fees for full registration. The program pays round trip air travel costs between the United States to Brazil and partial living expenses during the semester up to $4,000. The scholarship includes an intensive Portuguese course in Brazil (up to $1,000). The total scholarship is valued at $5,000.
  • Language Requirement: A good working knowledge of Portuguese is needed to attend classes in Brazil. Students can take Port I and II at Texas Tech or University of New Mexico (5 credit hours each). Students that are proficient in Spanish should take at least one semester of Portuguese.
  • Intensive Portuguese Course: Students are required to attend a four-week intensive Portuguese training program prior to the start of classes at the host university. The program, offered in private universities in Rio (PUC) or in Minas Gerais includes cultural and student life information plus visits to local points of interest. Intensive courses are in January Brazil.
  • Application Deadlines: Students should apply to participate in the program two semesters before the intended travel date to allow for taking regular Portuguese language courses at the home university. Deadlines to apply for Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education scholarships are: March 15 if planning to be in Brazil for the Spring semester of the following year. October 15 if planning on being in Brazil for the Fall semester of the following year.