The US-Brazil Consortium fosters university partnerships through the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff within the context of bilateral curricular development to increase cross-national education, training opportunities, and joint research in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. Students benefit from having an international curriculum and cultural dimension added to their studies through a combination of bilateral curricular innovation and study abroad.
The project has broadened from its original focus on the environment to a focus on interdisciplinary studies in general. Topics could include environment, poverty, sustainable development, public policy, race relations, educational policy, women’s and gender studies, culture and society or other areas of interest to the student.
The typical pattern is for Washington and Lee student to take the first two Portuguese courses at W&L and then go to Brazil around the first of July for an intensive Portuguese course and to become familiar with their surroundings. Students stay in Brazil for study abroad in the fall term. There is the ability to make a full year exchange for interested students.