Vrije Universiteit no longer sustains the programmatic cooperation with Brazilian universities. As a consequence, the Centro Paulo Freire is discontinued. However, the existing bilateral institutional agreements are still operational.

Institutional agreements on student exchange and research exist between VU Amsterdam and the federal universities of Minas Gerais (UFMG, Belo Horizonte), Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Porto Alegre) and Pernambuco (UFPE, Recife), the University of São Paulo (USP) and the state universities in Rio do Janeiro (UERJ) and São Paulo (UNESP).

Please contact the International Office at internationalrelations@vu.nl to get more information.

Undergraduate students wishing to benefit from exchange programmes between Brazil and the VU can contact the VU International Office.

Incoming students from Brazil at: https://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/exchange-semester-amsterdam/exchange/index.aspx

Outgoing VU students on: https://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/study-abroad/index.aspx

Researchers at VU Amsterdam have longstanding academic relations with universities and research institutes in Brazil. In the last seven years, almost 20 Brazilians obtained their PhD degree from VU Amsterdam. More than 30 academic contacts from nearly all VU faculties exist between researchers at VU Amsterdam and researchers in Brazilian universities. Several CAPES-Nuffic projects have been approved over the past years, facilitating collaborative research by teams of researchers from both countries.

The Brazilian Government approved recently a new academic cooperation programme: Programa Institucional de Internacionalização or Programme for Institutional Internationalisation. CAPES will be the implementing institution and the programme will be known as CAPES – PrInt. The programme is focused on cooperation by – younger and more established – scholars with international counterparts and will fund individual and group missions  abroad as well as scholarships in Brazil for international scholars as well as promising Brazilians with international experience.

More information about funding is:

· NESO-Brazil is the portal to Dutch higher education and research cooperation.
· NWO funds short research visits to Brazil.
· The State of São Paulo (FAPESP) and NWO fund Joint Research Projects in the Biobased Economy: NWO-FAPESP-BE Basic.