Science without Borders
In an effort to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness, the Brazilian government created the Science without Borders program in 2010. The program aimed to offer 100,000 full scholarships to Brazilian students studying at top universities worldwide in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In 2014, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff extended the program offering an additional 101,000 scholarships to be awarded by 2018. The program, offering a total of 201,000 scholarships, is a joint effort by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) through their respective funding agencies - CAPES and CNPq.
Between 2010 and 2014, the Netherlands received over 1200 Brazilian students for one year undergraduate programs. While the majority of students chose Holland as a destination to study engineering (49% of all Science without Borders students in Holland) many came to take advantage of the creative industry (19%) as well as programs in Biology (13%) and Technology (7%). Of the many highly-ranked universities in the Netherlands, schools receiving the highest number of Science without Borders students include the University of Groningen, Fontys University of Applied Science and Hanze University of Applied Science. Holland also received 343 students at the PhD and Postdoc level.
Belgium has also welcomed many Science without Borders students. KU Leuven offers extensive opportunities for Brazilian students as the largest university in Belgium. Hasselt University has been a top choice for students as well.