New international students begin their studies at PUCRS

Students from seven countries will be in academic mobility at the University this semester

28/02/2023 - 09h30

Photos: Matheus Gomes

The two-day Orientation Seminar for the new international students was held last Thursday and Friday, on the 23rd and 24th of February, organized by the Office for International Cooperation. The event welcomed 15 new students from seven countries: Angola, Colombia, South Korea, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico and Peru. The new students are participating in the Academic Mobility Program, as well as regular undergraduate and graduate courses. 

Throughout these two days, the new students were able to learn more about PUCRS, academic routine and different services the University offers. In addition, they took a tour through the Historic District of Porto Alegre e were able to get to know their new classmates and University Buddies.  

At the end of the day on Friday, the 24th, a reception at the Leisure Center (Building 22) closed the Seminar. The coordinator from the Office for International Cooperation, Carla Bonan, reinforced, in her welcoming speech, the University’s commitment to internationalization and interculturality.  

In addition to the academics who will study on campus, another 51 students from partner universities abroad will take remote courses in the Virtual Mobility Program. Students from Argentina, Peru, Germany, Bolivia, Panama, Mexico, France, and Colombia will participate in courses such as Portuguese for Foreigners, Digital Culture, and Environmental Law.

In search of knowledge 

The student Alicia Guerrero Cervantes, from the Universidad de Celaya, in Mexico, is a Gastronomy academic and is in Brazil for the first time. Some of her main expectations for the semester are learning Portuguese and having the opportunity to learn more about Brazilian culture, in addition to introducing Mexican culture to her new friends. 

The student Camilo Rojas Durán, from Ecuador, is beginning the Audiovisual Production course in the School of Communications, Arts and Design as a regular student and is excited about the next semesters during which he will be at PUCRS. “I chose PUCRS because I consider it to be one of the best universities in Latin America in audiovisual production. During my time here, I intend to produce many videos,” he says. 

Kyuzo Kato, from Sophia University, in Japan, is an academic of Lusophone studies in the Asian countries. His interest in Brazil and the Portuguese language came up in an exchange program to the state of Santa Catarina when he was in school. Now, the student seeks to learn even more about Brazil and continue to improve his Portuguese. 

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