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Country: Brazil
City: Florianopolis

Florianopolis is the capital and 2nd largest city in Santa Catarina State, and the 47th largest city in Brazil. With a population of 477,798 inhabitants, the city is composed of one main island, Santa Catarina Island, a continental part, and surrounding small islands. The Florianopolis metropolitan area population is approximately of 1.1 million, the 21st largest in the country. The city is known for having the country’s 3rd highest Human Development Index score among all Brazilian cities (0.847). The city is considered safe by Brazilian standards; in 2014, Florianopolis had the 2nd-lowest incidence of murders of all Brazilian capitals. The economy of Florianopolis is heavily based on information technology, tourism and services. The city has 60 beaches and is a surfing hub. Lagoa da Conceição is the most famous area for tourism, recreation, nature and extreme sports. The New York Times reported that “Florianopolis was the Party Destination of the Year in 2009”, Newsweek placed Florianopolis in the “10 Most Dynamic Cities of the World” list in 2006, and Veja Magazine, the most circulated publication in Brazil, named the city as “the best place to live in Brazil”. As a result of this exposure, Florianopolis is growing as a 2nd home destination for many Paulistas, Argentines, North Americans, and Europeans. The cost of living, security and leisure time are considered similar or better than many famous international cities around the world. Additional information about Santa Catarina State is available at the official Brazilian tourism website.

Host Institution: State University of Santa Catarina

Santa Catarina State University (UDESC) was established in 1965 to advance and promote education and economic growth in the State of Santa Catarina. Currently, UDESC has 12 colleges in 9 cities around the state and offers free education through its 65 undergraduate programs, 30 master’s programs and 12 doctoral programs. It also hosts over 15,000 students in the fields of Health, Engineering, Education, Arts, and Business. The International English Program is expected to have the participation of more than 5,000 undergraduate/graduate students and 2,000 faculty members. This initiative is part of UDESC’s internationalization strategy, which also encompasses the opening of the 1st EducationUSA office in the state of Santa Catarina. The internationalization process not only focuses on student/faculty mobility, but also on what they call the “Internationalization at Home”. The objective is to provide support and skills for professors to teach their subjects in English.

Primary Duties

  • The Fellow will propose and conduct activities to improve professors’ and students’ academic English language skills by coordinating and collaborating with the International English Program which works with the undergraduate and graduate programs at UDESC.
  • The Fellow will lead the implementation and supervise the activities of the International English Program in collaboration with local English teachers. 

Secondary Duties

The Fellow may be asked to:

  • Propose seminars and workshops related to, but not limited to:
    • academic writing
    • proficiency tests
    • English for Specific Purposes
    • essay writing
  • Support the EducationUSA office at UDESC through participation in events, as well as delivering workshops on essay writing and providing counseling sessions for students and researchers.
  • Advise the International Office on selecting adequate American institutions for partnerships.

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