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The strong presence of Colombian students at the Unversidade Federal de Viçosa

The Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) was founded in 1926 as a school of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. Recently it has become a more comprehensive university, but its strongest areas are still related to Agriculture, especially in research and graduate studies.

An interesting phenomenon can be observed at the university since the end of the last century: the large number of Colombian students, who are enrolled mainly in Master and PhD programs. In 2016, the total number of Colombian students at UFV was over 180, in a population of around 17,000 undergraduate students and around 3,000 graduate students. Around 10% of the graduate students at UFV are foreigners, a number that may be considered high for Brazilian univesities. And more than half of these foreign graduate students were born in Colombia. Among the undergraduate students, the Colombians are also the largest population of foreigners.

In this work, we investigate what may be the main causes that make UFV so attractive to Colombian students. We also investigate if this phenomenon is repeated in other Brazilian universities.


Vladimir Di Iorio    
Universidade Federal de Viçosa


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