Office of International Affairs

 

Student's voice

 

"Much more than meet friendly people, a millennial culture, historical buildings on every corner and an excellent gastronomy, the opportunity I had in Bologna motivated me in a way I’ve never seen before! The discussions presented in class were very rich, filled with professional experiences of teachers and colleagues. Now I feel called to act, to innovate and bring to Brazil a little of the immense wealth they received in Italy! "

Rafael Bittencourt
(University of Bologna)
International Relations
 1st semester 2012

 


I remember the day that I arrived in Porto. Cold weather and I noticed quickly the need to buy a blanket. Despite the winter,
I had a great reception. A small town, but cosmopolitan, full of charms, Porto welcomed me with open arms.
The friendships I've made, the things I've learned, the experience with a new university, teachers and colleagues with a new culture,
undoubtedly made me grow and enhance interpersonal relationships. I thank those who trusted me for the success of this exchange!

Emilene Kareline Marciano dos Santos

(Universidade do Porto)

International Relations

1st semester 2012

 

 

"Well, what can I say about my experience in Peru? In one Word: Perfect!

One of my biggest dreams it was being an exchange student, and I didn’t measure efforts with PUC MINAS so I could make with my own merits.

My arrival in Lima was totally different from what I imagined. The city is beautiful, very well cared, has so lovely people and there’s so much to know which in 6 months is impossible. I travelled for some many amazing places in Peru, as Puno (Lago Titicaca) and the huge Machu Pichu. Now I’m just missing six wonders of the world.

(…)I arrived with one of the best feelings: Fulfilled mission."

Alberto Rezende Silva

(Universidad del Pacífico)

Law

1st semester 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

"There are some situations in which it’s impossible to find an adjective that translates or embraces the full intensity of the experience. The exchange program is, undoubtedly, one of them.

Being in touch with a reality completely different from your home provides maturing and expansion of thought.

Living with other students of various nationalities means having access to different customs and points of view. This is a great opportunity to become a more tolerant and understanding person.

More specifically, as for the exchange in Lille, I can say that what for many Erasmus began as a frustrating experience of harsh winter and difficult adaptation, eventually unfolded as one of the most remarkable and valuable experiences of their lives. I think it is impossible not to be modified or not have the course of life changed after an experience on such scale. The coldness of the region, in fact, contrasts with the warm reception of the region.

In short, I believe that the local jargon fits very well to illustrate the whole situation: “In the north one cries twice: first when one arrives and then when one leaves”. The exchange in Lille was certainly one of the best choices I’ve made so far.

To all I advise, it is worth checking out!"

 

Gabriel Campos Fernandino

(IÈSEG - Lille)

International Relations

1st semester 2012

 

 

 

"Fantastic. I start with a word that could summarize what was that period for me.

Going in an exchange program at the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University provided me a great academic, professional and, especially, personal growth. The responsibilities generated by the fact of being alone in another country bring an enormous enrichment for life, mainly because they show the value of small things of everyday life. Often, we don’t give due weight to these aspects, and I think I’ll be back to Brazil more mature in this matter.

This dream could only be realized due to the PUC-Minas partnership with Santander. Without this union, I wouldn’t be here telling the good experience I had.

FEUP is a college of worldwide excellence and makes it evident, with a great professionals and infrastructure ahead of its time. At PUC, I know that I will continue to study at a college with equivalent qualities and with the prospect of continued growth, and this fact makes me very happy."

 

Magno Alves de Menezes
(Universidade do Porto)
Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

1st semester 2012

 

 

 

“The experience has been more and more fantastic every day. Getting to know different cultures and being in contacto with people of other nationalities provides a very large growth in people’s lives.

Besides, I have a great support to teachers and students in the classroom which greatly facilitates my insertion in the academic regime offered by the University of Porto.”

 

Wagner Cavalare
(Universidade do Porto)
Civil Engineering

1st semester 2011

 

 

“I would not exchange this opportunity for anything at this time of my studies of Administration. The reason is that this opportunity has shown me day after day how impactiful a different culture can be in business. This experience has definitely exceeded my expectations. I cannot say I am the same who came to Macao, because I feel I’m improving a lot as a student (“Asian discipline”), and I know that the growth this experience is giving me has a big personal and professional value, as an experience with another culture is valid for life. Not mention how wonderful are the places to visit! Although Mandarin is a difficult language to learn, because of the dynamic way by which it is taught here, I can safely say it is no impossible. Living all this novelty has been an experience so rewarding that the impression I have is that the days are passing too fast. I am happy to report that Brasil and University PUC Minas are well represented here in Macao.”

 

Raquel Coler
(MACAU Inter University Institute)
Administration
1st semester 2011

 

"I’ve come to study at PUC Chile, in Santiago, Chile. It's my third time in this country, but the first one that I’ll be more than a month ... "¡A mí me encanta Chile!" The current experience of academic exchange is incredible and very, very good and enriching, really! PUC Chile? University model, standard first-quality, five stars... I don’t have sufficient adjectives to say that the structure, organization and seriousness of this university are exemplary. I'd say I'm positive and admirably flabbergasted with these characteristics of PUC Chile. In addition, the city of Santiago charmed me from the first time I came here for its organization, safety and cleanliness, and this time I admire it for its typical nature, very different from what we Brazilians know, mainly at the end of this long country - not to mention that we live here all four seasons so well marked, that is, we in fact perceive each station with its own peculiar characteristics of temperature and vegetation, for example - which I also think it's something different in Brazil. "

Nathasha Soares
(PUC Chile)
International Relations
1st semester 2011

 

 

"Today (Sunday, 03/27) completed exactly two months I'm here. My experience as an exchange student could not be better. I'm pretty focused on my studies in Psychology here at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Besides, being able to live on the university campus is a great privilege; it facilitates communication between the student and the university, it facilitates contact with new people and friends in addition to being able to enjoy a peaceful routine. Two weeks ago we had the Spring Break. I spent ten days in New York City. It was the realization of a dream! Walking through Times Square, Central Park and other points of the city was one of the goals of my life. I was very excited. PUC gave me this. The conviction that dreams can be realized."

Marcelo Azevedo Filho
(St Thomas Aquinas College)
Psicology
1st semester 2011

  

"Priceless. Perhaps that word sums up everything that I could experience in my exchange in IESEG - School of Management. Having the opportunity to interact with diverse cultures, to have classes with qualified teachers in areas such as negotiation and international marketing and learning to see the world through the eyes of every culture is an experience that will deeply mark and make you a global citizen. No money in the world could change that. Each hour of class I had in IESEG expanded my horizons and my knowledge. Every minute I spent chatting with my new friends has changed the way I see the world and people, and gave me the certainty that those friendships were for life. Every second I spent exploring Europe made me see things about myself that I did not even imagined. The exchange transforms you completely, and transforms for the best. And I thank PUC for having given me that!"

Lucas Domingues Alencar Alcântara
(IÉSEG School of Management)
International Relations
1st semester 2011

 

 

 

 

"Attending the 4th year of Production Engineering at PUC Minas, I discovered a unique opportunity to study abroad, Furtwangen - Germany, in my area. This is how I believed and I could accomplish this wonderful experience in a completely different environment. I widened my academic knowledge, I met great professionals, I took the opportunity to visit other countries, and I especially valued the little things that sometimes pass undetected in our lives. I also learned to live better, enjoying every moment. I realized that Brazil has great values ​​that are not seen abroad, but I also discovered the cultural richness of each visited country. I met wonderful people and I was glad to be with them. And I confirmed that education will always be the most precious value anywhere in the world. I therefore recommend to all students who also seek intense experiences like this, because this is the school of life."

Danielle Brey-Gil Faria
(Furtwangen University – Exchange Program)
Production Engineering
1st semester 2011

 


 

 

"The initiative to recognize the efforts of students with academic scholarships, primarily through the relationship between the university and institutions external to it, like Santander, is an ennobler incentive for the constant quest for knowledge and the development of education in our country. The role played by the Office of International Affairs in order to establish cooperation agreements with several institutions in the world is a key complement to the activities already undertaken in the undergraduate and postgraduate departments of the university. An action which favors, in addition to knowledge of new cultures, the improvement of the perception of the world and the academic development of the students.
My experience at Cambridge University, a university with more than 800 years of accumulated history and wide international recognition, showed me comparatively how much PUC Minas is consolidated in the space among Brazilian universities and has, besides the merits already recognized in the present, a promising future. Likewise, when at first sight this comparison seems inappropriate for the differences in context, on the contrary, shows me basically how the world needs to know PUC Minas!”

Rúbia Rodrigues
(University of Cambridge)
International Relations
2nd semester 2011

 

“It has been incredible to live in this muti-cultural environment and meet people that can make the difference for me in the future. An excellent opportunity for networking. The cold weather was a big problem in the beginning, but as they say here in the North, the heat that is not in the sun, is in the people’s hearts. I don’t think this is actually true, but I met many French people really nice and interested in knowing more about Brazil.”

Leonardo Duarte
(IÉSEG School of Management)
International Relations
1st semester 2009 




 

“(My experience) Is more than I waited for, it couldn’t be better. I’m an excellent university with infrastructure for sports, I got a very well located place to live, made friends from several countries and have the opportunity of meeting places very different in short distances”

Paulo Lage
(Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)
Mechanic Engineering
1st semester 2009




“I believe the program contributes a lot for the student’s maturation and for the experience and comprehension of a different culture and market, which in USA is completely different from Brazil. Living alone demands responsibility, discipline and organization and that we learn by living and dealing with the demands and difficulties of everyday. The program is adding a lot in my life experience and it’s helping me to improve the English language and learn new things. ”

Sabrina Cenni
(Purdue University Calumet)
Social Communication – Advertising
1st semester 2009

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