Brazil has opened a new educational programme for Pakistani undergraduates, for the first time enabling them to get admission in Brazilian institutions.
Briefing mediamen on the new programme on Tuesday afternoon here, Brazilian ambassador to Pakistan Alfredo Leoni said at present, around 2,700 foreigners are in Brazil taking an undergraduate course at a federal, state or private university, free of charge, through the Programme for First Degree University Students (PEC-G).
He said, now this programme is being offered to Pakistani students, under the Brazil-Pakistan Cultural Agreement. PEC-G offers free education within any field of expertise, as long as it is available at Higher Education Institutions registered with the programme.
This year, the ambassador said 63 Brazilian universities will participate in the programme. The courses more often sought by foreigners through the PEC-G are: medicine, engineering, business administration and international relations. Choice of students for the course must be related to the subjects that were taken in College.
Referring to the requirements of the programme, he said the candidate must be aged between 18 and 25 and have finished secondary education or equivalent to that. Foreign students must cover their studies expenses. Once in Brazil, if they have any difficulty in doing so, they may try to obtain financial aid from another programme of the Brazilian government, the Milton Santos Project for Access to Higher Education (PROMISAES). The programme offers a monthly minimum stipend to selected students, from federal institutions participating in PEC-G. This aid, however, is not guaranteed. After graduation, foreign students must return to Pakistan, he said.
The interested candidates must apply at the Brazilian Embassy, until the 29th of June. The Brazilian Embassy will make a first selection of the candidates and send the list to the Ministry of External Relations, in Brazil for final selection process.