Even in times of economic crisis in the country, the number of Brazilian exchange students grew by about 20% in the last year

THE Belta – Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association, revealed in its latest survey that the Brazilian international education market grew by 20,46% in 2018. This actually means that the number of Brazilians who managed to study abroad, went from 302 thousand students to around 365 thousand. The total amount moved by the exchange sector was 1.2 billion dollars, although this occurred even in a year of economic crisis and political instability.

This research was presented on the afternoon of April 9, at the Irish Consulate, headquartered in the city of São Paulo. Belta president Maura Leão and Academic Mobility representatives revealed that more than 5,000 students and 500 agencies responded to this survey, which facilitated the completion of the survey.

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Who are the Brazilian exchange students?

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We have the idea that only young people tend to travel abroad, but this is not true. According to the survey, people over 40 are doing more exchanges, whether to learn languages, improve their professional careers or in search of new cultures and experiences. For Maura, this finding is almost natural, since people in this age group are more financially stable, which guarantees greater flexibility in terms of time and conditions to venture abroad.

Another interesting number discovered is that about 60% of the people who decide to travel are women, revealing that the majority decide to go alone, without friends or any type of acquaintance in the destinations.

Main destinations for Brazilian exchange students

Dublin. Photo: papagnoc / Pixabay

The most popular destinations are: Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Malta. Canada has been leading this race for 13 years, but Malta has been growing over the years due to its study and work policy, which allows the student, even taking a course, to have the legal right to work during their studies, which reduces the investment of the exchange.

Another interesting finding is that exchange students are realizing that it is worth traveling in nearby countries, as in the case of Brazil, to some other country in South America. Even with the English language being the pioneer in searches, languages like Spanish and French are also receiving a lot of searches. Agencies like World Study, offer exchange packages with options for studying and working abroad, being a great opportunity to leverage your CV with truly authentic experiences. The opportunities are immense!

In this aspect, the research also revealed points that interfere in the student's decision when choosing a destination, such as the favorable exchange rate (which stands out in first place), being a native English-speaking country (second place), and that the place have quality of life (third place).

What are the most chosen courses by exchange students?

Firstly, there are the language courses, led by the English language. But, right after that are the courses that allow you to work and study, vacations teen, graduation and finally the High School modality, where the student attends high school abroad, taking advantage of the availability of this stage of life.

Belta's president remains optimistic about the results and the rise of undergraduate courses. During the event, she explains: “One of the reasons we see this rise in undergraduate courses is the greater specialization of universities abroad in receiving Brazilians and also because of the possibility of this student going as a sports exchange student. Several educational institutions abroad value sport and that's why we had an increase of 20% in the number of young people going in this exchange modality. In absolute numbers: 3,000 individuals embarked to graduate with partial and/or full scholarships due to sport”.

These scenarios show that taking a trip to study abroad has been increasingly the priority of Brazilians who want to live a new experience, because in addition to cultural exchange, studying abroad is a great differential in the corporate world.

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