Brazilian fee-paying HE students likely to increase

04 August, 2015

The number of Brazilian students that will pay for full degree programmes and year abroad courses overseas will increase over the next three years, according to a survey of Brazilian university international office directors.

The percentage of Brazilian university international office directors that believe Brazilian student paying for full overseas higher education programmes will increase in the next three years. Source - BMI

In the survey of 61 international office directors, conducted in May by BMI with the assistance of the Brazilian Association of International Education, 76 per cent said they thought full-fee undergraduate and master’s study overseas would increase over the next three years.

Forty per cent anticipate the increase will be by 10 per cent; 17 per cent expected 25 per cent growth; and 19 per cent thought the rate of Brazilian student paying for full higher education programmes overseas could rise by over 40 per cent.

Similarly, 71 per cent of international office directors thought the number of Brazilian students willing to self-finance a semester or year abroad programme would increase over the same period, with 37 per cent anticipating growth of 25 per cent or more.

“The survey confirmed that more and more Brazilians are looking to undertake fee-paying higher education courses abroad, for both short-term and full-degree courses. However, I am surprised they [the directors] expect such large increases for these types of courses in the next three years,” said Samir Zaveri, President and CEO of BMI.

“Without doubt, the limited number of places at the best institutions, the cost of education in-country and the fact that many companies now give preference to people with international qualifications and a second language are all major factors for more people choosing to study abroad,” he added.

Mariglan Gabarra, Executive Director of Brazilian agency association Belta told StudyTravel Magazine recently that the number of students applying for university study overseas via member agencies was increasing.

In STM’s surveys of Brazilian agents, the proportion of agents’ clientele that requested higher education programmes was four per cent in 2013 and 10 per cent this year.  

Elsewhere in the survey, BMI asked respondents what level of influence they had in selecting a candidate who will be approved for the Brazilian government’s scholarship programme. Forty-five per cent said they had “significant” influence and 14 per cent claimed “complete” influence, counterbalanced by the remaining 40 per cent suggesting they had “little” or “none”.

However, international office directors were less confident about their influence over the selection of destination country for scholarship participants, with 74 per cent claiming “none” or “little”.

“It shows the increasing influence of the international offices of Brazilian universities, and the role they play in selecting candidates for the government scholarship programme, and that they have little control over the final destination of the student,” Zaveri said.

“However, I believe they are pushing for more control of the latter, and will have significant control in the choice of the country and overseas institution in the near future. It is therefore essential to work with Brazilian universities,” he added.

BMI organises international higher education fairs in Brazil, as well as other international student recruitment fairs and agent conferences across Latin America and the Middle East.

Matthew Knott
News Editor



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