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Canada is welcoming an estimated 12,000 Brazilian students between 2012 and 2016, through the Canadian component of Brazil’s ambitious Science Without Borders scholarship program. York also works to further develop ties within the country that is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest economy in the next five years. Through scholarships, research collaborations and student exchange and internship programs, York hopes to welcome more Brazilian students than ever before to its multicultural community.

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York undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil in 2015-2016: 75
York alumni worldwide from Brazil: 39; Latin America: 727
York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The Organization of Latin American Students brings together Latin American students and friends to meet, socialize and discuss issues concerning the Latin American cultural community.

  • Scientists from York University travelled to São Paulo to collaborate with Brazilian researchers in 2013 to lead to advances in controlling many diseases such as West Nile virus and drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis.
  • York University president Mamdouh Shoukri was a signatory on a Memorandum of Understanding between York, the State of São Paulo research foundation and several other Canadian universities to encourage collaboration between researchers.
  • History professor Paul Lovejoy collaborates with two Brazilian universities on the history of slavery and African diaspora in Brazil.
  • Environmental studies professor Patricia Perkins led a project helping Brazil's civil society to participate more effectively in decision-making surrounding the management and protection of water resources.
  • Biology professor Laurence Packer is Canada’s leading expert on the world’s bees, who has worked with Ronaldo Zucchi at the Ribeirao Preto campus, Universidade de Sao Paula, on tropical bee biodiversity.
  • York’s Brazil Studies Group provides a forum to present and discuss Brazil-focused research at York, and brings together scholars from across the University who are working on Brazilian topics.
  • York’s Schulich School of Business has agreed to share knowledge of sustainability and responsible business, as well as educational training and development, with Brazilian companies.
  • York International Internship Program has work placements at the Instituto ECOAR para a Cidadania in São Paula and the Nucleo de Estudos Canadenses, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
  • The Equity Studies Department’s Chair in Multiculturalism originated through an agreement between York, the University of São Paulo, the Federal University of São Carlos and the University of Pittsburgh.