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Student Exchange Program - Brazil


MANHATTAN – Kansas State University has received a $257,000 four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a U.S.-Brazil student exchange program. The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) award will provide for an exchange of students and faculty between the two countries. The specific project title for this program is “Providing Education in Face of Climate Change, Food and Energy Scarcity.”

Four universities are participating in this program. K-State is the lead university on the U.S. side and the Federal University of Santa Maria is the lead university in Brazil, said Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy, and lead contact for the program at K-State. The other two universities are Mississippi State University and the Federal University of Mato Grosso.

This grant will foster collaboration between leading universities in two of the most important agricultural countries in the world, said Rice.

“We will address the challenges of providing education in face of food and energy scarcity and climate change. This program involves the exchange of students, faculty, and ideas to care for the soil and other vital natural resources at a time when demands placed on global agricultural resources are growing dramatically,” explained Rice.

“Students will participate in a combination of short (two weeks) and extended (six months) exchanges. This program will better prepare students to address the complex issues surrounding the most important challenges humanity faces in the 21st century.”

The program is jointly administered by FIPSE in the U.S. and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The program aims to improve the quality of students in undergraduate and graduate education in both countries and to explore ways to prepare students for work through:

  • The mutual recognition and portability of academic credits among U.S. and Brazilian institutions;
  • The development of shared, common, or core curricula among U.S. and Brazilian institutions;
  • The acquisition of the languages and exposure to the cultures of the United States and Brazil;
  • The development of student apprenticeships or other work related experiences; and
  • An increased cooperation and exchange among academic personnel at U.S. and Brazilian institutions.

K-State students interested in participating in the U.S.-Brazil Student Exchange Program can contact

Chuck Rice
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Agronomy

Contact Information

Charles Rice
University Distinguished Professor
(785) 532-7217