CsF: UK sees 2,700 students
- Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:59
Vikki Chalon of the UK HE International Unit updates Matt Salusbury about how Brazil’s Ciencia sem Fronteiras (CsF) programme is working
The most recent report we could find on CsF and the UK was from late April last year, shortly after UK business secretary Vince Cable went to Brazil. Are there any updates since then about take-up or possible expansion?
We have completed the placement of the fifth CsF UK undergraduate cohort, which will start in September 2014. The numbers have grown from 519 in September 2012 to over 2,700 students just placed. Of these, just over 900 will be undertaking pre-sessional English courses of either three or six months. This brings the total number of CsF students who will have studied in the UK to over 8,500 including PhDs and post-docs. The UK is the second most popular destination of the 36 countries taking part.
Over 85 universities regularly participate in the scheme. Because of the forthcoming elections in Brazil, the Brazilian funding agencies have not yet confirmed whether further calls will take place this year. However, given how high profile the programme is in Brazil and how successful it has been we anticipate that the programme will continue, although the model could be different in the future.
Are these pre-sessional courses fully funded?
They are fully funded by the Brazilian government. These courses have helped increase the number of Brazilian students who have been able to participate in the CsF UK programme. Of the 2,700 students placed in this last call over 900 will be undertaking pre-sessional English language courses of three or six months.