BSMP: It’s Over
It’s official: the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) – also known as Science without Borders/Ciencia sem Fronteras – has been canceled by the Brazilian government. | See ICEF Monitor article ➤
Let’s face it: we have known that things were going in this direction. With the tumultuous political scene in Brazil, the the devaluation of the real against the dollar over the past couple of years, and the fact that the Brazilian government stopped funding the program in 2015, one could say that the writing was on the wall.
Still, I couldn’t help but be hopeful that this program would be reinstated. It was a great opportunity for upper-level Brazilian undergrads to come to the USA to study English and to take courses toward their degree. Having worked closely with this population on our campus, I know that these students really appreciated the opportunity that they were afforded through this program in order to develop their English fluency and to experience American culture (or the language and culture of other nations that were included in the program, such as the UK, Canada, France, and more).
In an industry where the majority of undergraduate scholarship students tend to come from one region of the world (i.e., MENA), it was fun to serve a new population of students via this program. I would love to see this program–or something similar–happen again in the future.