In Fall 2013, the School of Continuing Studies hosted 126 students and 16 chaperones from Brazil’s capital city of Brasilia. The students studied at Georgetown University under the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a Brazilian government-sponsored program designed to expose Brazilian students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  In Brasilia, the program is entitled Brasilia Sem Fronteiras (Brasilia Without Borders).

For four weeks, students met with local and federal government leaders, engineers, business executives, entrepreneurs, academics, and military leaders while attending class at the School of Continuing Studies. To complement their class sessions, students completed site visits to NASA, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Capitol, and other organizations. In addition to gaining exposure to STEM careers, students learned about U.S. culture and society. The program concluded with a reception at the residence of the Brazilian ambassador and a graduation ceremony featuring representatives from the city of Washington, D.C., the Brazilian Embassy, and Georgetown University.

Students left the program motivated to begin a career in a STEM-related field while also gaining a deeper appreciation of American society and improved English proficiency. In return, the city of Brasilia will have a future set of leaders able and willing to make a difference in the world, especially for the citizens of Brasilia.