More and more Brazilians are leaving the country to study. Check out the most popular destinations for those who will study English abroad
More and more Brazilians are packing to study abroad. In 2012, 175,000 students have exchange – five times more than the 34,000 Brazilians have experienced in 2003. According to a survey conducted by the Brazilian Association of Educational and Cultural Trips Organizers (Belta), the language course is the most sought in 63% of the exchange agencies.
“The best way to start planning your experience abroad is to analyze your own profile, what are your hobbies, your preferences that climate suits you and what you like to do during the day,” says Luiza Vianna, manager Exchange Center products and Travel (CI).
For those who have an intermediate level, the minimum time recommended to study English abroad is six months. “For people who doesn’t have the basic level, the secret is to get courses in Brazil before the trip, so you can get the most of the experience out there,” says Eloisa Lima, Neuro master the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an expert in language education.
The learning environment must be compatible with the profile and the age of the student group. “If the student does not identify with the place, he/she can feel censored and help train the English socially,” adds the expert.
How much – Prices of language programs, in general, vary from $13,200 to $16,300 dollars (or $35000 – $43250 dollars) for the six months and include accommodation, half board (breakfast and dinner) and some cultural activities, social or sports promoted by schools. According to the experiment, network specializing exclusively in cultural exchange, it is recommended to consider $140 – $200 dollars a week for personal expenses such as transportation, food and leisure.
SEE the ten cities favorite of Brazilians will study English abroad, according to the country’s main exchange agencies:
1 – Vancouver
With a mild climate – Vancouver has one of the least rigorous winters of Canada – the city attracts Brazilians for safety, friendly and multicultural population, exuberant nature and quality of life. According to the British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which specializes in higher education, Vancouver is the 12th best city in the world to study.
2 – Toronto
In the ranking of the 50 best cities to study, consultants Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Canadian city occupies the 9th place worldwide. The intense cultural life, low cost of living ($1,000 dollars a month, compared to $1,400 in London and $1,200 a month in New York), quality of public transport and the direct flight possibility are the main attractions of the city.
3 – London
The British capital appears in 3rd position in the QS consultancy ranking of the best cities in the world to study. Outside the classroom, London attracts students by intense cultural life with its museums, art galleries and musical events. In addition, the mix of the quality and efficiency of public transportation facilitate to explore the city.
4 – San Diego
The pleasant climate and the San Diego beaches are the highlights of the second largest city in California. The university town, with busy evening programs and quality of life attracts mainly the younger crowd.
5 – Dublin
The capital of Ireland is very popular among Brazilians, it is one of a few destinations where the exchange student can work and keep up with a lower cost of living (about $1,000 dollars a month). The students can also take advantage of the cultural diversity and natural beauty of the region.
6 – New York
According to CI, Central Exchange and Travel, about 10% of foreign students in New York are Brazilian. The major American metropolis combines the advantages of a rich cultural life with the public transport efficiency. According to the British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which specializes in higher education, New York is the 17th best city in the world to study.
7 – San Francisco
In the ranking of QS, San Francisco occupies the 13th world position. The city is known for diversity, freedom and large leading universities. According to CI, Central Exchange and Travel 5% of foreign students are Brazilians and the average cost of monthly living for students is $1,000 dollars.
8 – Valletta
Besides the natural beauty of Malta’s capital, located in the Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a very special location, which allows students to take advantage of the period of study to meet nearby countries such as Greece, Italy and Turkey. The low cost of living compared to other European cities and the ease to travel in Europe is very attractive to Brazilian students.
9 – Santa Monica
The safety and easy access to the famous Californian beaches such as Venice and Malibu beaches, are the main attractions to Brazilian students.
10 – Boston
Headquarters of American renowned institutions such as Harvard University and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston also offers quality of life and many activity options for students outside the classroom: the venues, nightclubs and bars to enjoy the night the numerous gardens to relax or play sports outdoors.