Brazil is becoming more and more international. New international opportunities are open for Brazilians, and the country itself is opening its doors to foreign students and professionals.

Brazil’s education system reflects this opening: the number of children enrolled in International Schools grows every year. In 2017, it counted over thirty schools distributed all across the country, from Amazonas (1) to São Paulo (11). These schools weave together the Brazilian and international curriculums, promoting not only language acquisition, but student internationalization. Aiming to prepare students for an increasingly connected world, they invest in openness for new languages, new cultures, and new challenges. In short, they create global citizens.

But what is the real importance of international experience? Is Brazil really becoming global? We’ll take a look at three reasons why Brazilian students and professionals should strive for international relevance:

More and More Students Leave the Country

In 2017, the number of Brazilian students abroad hit an all-time high: a record number of 302.000 people! That record came on the heels of a decade of stable and generous growth, and it represents a 40% increase compared to 2015. That data comes from BELTA, Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association, and is based on over 6100 interviews all over the country.

And what interests these students? The most common goal is language acquisition —particularly English and Spanish— but that’s been changing. The demand for academic courses is growing, for undergraduate and graduate levels alike. It’s possible that this interest is being fueled by the growing offer of scholarships abroad.

More and More Students Enter the Country

But Brazil is not limited to searching for opportunities abroad; more and more they offer that experience for foreign students.

Some data to picture the situation: according to the Ministry of Tourism, in 2014 the number of foreign students in Brazil reached its biggest high since 2003, counting 108 thousand students. And according to an informal research by higher education institutions in São Paulo, the number of international enrollments doubled between 2006 and 2017, reaching 2.6 thousand people solely in the city.

That data is not limited to higher education, but that’s for sure highly sought out. According to BELTA and ABIPE (Brazilian Association of Professional and Scholarly Exchange), international students are mostly young people interested in higher education, volunteering, and learning Portuguese.

More and More Workers Enter the Country

In September 2018, new legislation was approved regarding the hiring of foreigners in Brazil. The rules are the same as to the hiring of any Brazilian citizen. Thus, living legally in the country becomes much easier.

Hiring foreigners encourage diversity, sharing of culture and knowledge. Besides, it’s in the interest of companies, for immigrants tend to stay for longer in the same work position. A share of these new hires brings along technical knowledge that may be lacking in the native Brazilian population.