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Brazilian student fairs show high interest in Australia

23 Oct 2017

A recent series of student recruitment fairs across Brazil attracted more than 20,000 students, with the most popular areas of interest being languages, vocational and higher education courses.

Austrade supported and participated in some of the events, providing updated information about Australian education to students.

The AC Expo started the series of events in August, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo. The three cities attracted quality Brazilian students and offered an opportunity for students to meet with more than 40 Australian institutions showcasing a broad variety of education pathways. This fair was organised by FPP Edu Media and the education agent Australian Centre.

Austrade participated in and supported this event, which was uniquely focused on Australian and New Zealand education, and highlighted Australia's capabilities in education to students at the Future Unlimited booth. The event featured representatives from the Department of Education and Training to promote the Australian Government scholarship program, Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

In September, another series of fairs took place across the country, EDUEXPOS and Salao do Estudante, organised by the largest student recruitment fair companies FPP Edu Media and BMI respectively. In EDUEXPO, Austrade participated in three cities (Recife, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre), at which more than 13,000 students attended. Most of them were aged from 19–30 years and looking for various types of programs, including ELICOS, VET, study abroad programs in areas such as business, engineering and IT, and postgraduate programs in several areas. In Salao do Estudante, Austrade participated in Sao Paulo, where most of students were looking for ELICOS and VET programs.

Brazil remains the largest market in Latin America for ELICOS. The requirement of fluency in English to gain entry into the best universities and improve employment prospects creates numerous opportunities for ELICOS providers. The demand for long-term programs, including VET courses is also increasing, as students are looking for technical courses to match job opportunities.

This series of events clearly demonstrates the ongoing high interest of Brazilian students have in studying in Australia. Austrade will continue to support these events and encourage Australian institutions to participate them.

For further information on these series’ of events or the Brazil market contact Patricia Monteiro, Education Manager, Austrade Brazil.