What's it all about?
Flamboyant, energetic, beautiful, passionate, vibrant, colourful, welcoming. The list of adjectives you could use to describe Brazil is almost neverending. That's partly to do with its size (it’s the fifth biggest country in the world) but it’s largely to do with its people.
And in the spirit of generosity that its people are so well known for, The São Paulo State University (UNESP) is giving English language students in the UK the chance to study there for between four and ten months. They'll even help cover the costs of your flights and accommodation. Interested? Then find out more.
Can I apply?
The requirements for application to UNESP are fairly straight-forward:
- you must be a student at a UK university or higher education college
- you need to be on an English Language Teaching course (including BA, MA, PhD or Teaching Certificate)
- you must be a native English speaker, or have qualifications to a high level.
Existing experience teaching English internationally is a bonus, but not essential.
What does the course involve?
The course is full-time and split into two semesters (March to July, and August to December) at one of the university’s 24 campuses within Sao Paulo state. You’ll get to work closely with one of their leading academics, teaching, training, researching, studying and, most importantly, gaining valuable experience for your future career.
How much will it cost?
Thanks to the partnership between UNESP and the British Council the bulk of your costs will be covered, including:
- A monthly grant of 2000 Brazilian Reais (BRL) (nearly £500 at the time of writing) to cover your accommodation and living expenses
- A grant of £700 to pay for your flights.
All that’s left for you to think about is health and travel insurance, visas and a bit of spending money.
When’s the deadline?
The good news is because the semesters are split, if you've just missed one deadline then there’s always another course on the horizon. UNESP are currently looking at applications for forthcoming terms. For further information please contact the UNESP International Relations Office.
Why should I go?
This isn’t a gap year. It’s not your chance to get a cheap holiday. Yes, you’ll have a great time, and yes, you will get to experience life in a completely different culture, but it’s about gaining new skills to make you more employable in the future. You’ll meet new people, you’ll learn a language, and you’ll have something a little special on your CV that will help you stand out. So perhaps the question you should really be asking yourself is: why shouldn’t I do it?