About 800 new international students, from all corners of the world, were welcomed at the University of the Algarve with a program full of informative, playful and cultural activities.
During the welcoming session, Saúl de Jesus, UALG vice-rector, highlighted "the multiculturalism that exists in this academy, providing an extraordinary context for the learning and personal development of these students."
Foreign students represent a total of 50 different nationalities, especially Brazil, but also from countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Vietnam, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, the Philippines, United States, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Slovenia or Lithuania, among others.
The International Relations and Mobility Office (GRIM) of UAlg prepared two weeks of welcome with several visits to the historic center and the Municipal Museum of Faro, boat trips on the Ria Formosa, a visit to Zoomarine and the cities of Vila Real de Santo António , Silves and Vila do Bispo.
In the scope of the SIAC project: Algarve Is Our Campus – Study and Research in Algarve, co-financed by the Regional Operational Program of Algarve – CRESC Algarve 2020, through the System of Support to Collective Actions – Internationalization, new international students also had the opportunity to experiment the Algarve gastronomy, through a lunch and a welcome dinner, sponsored by the said project.
Another important moment that marked these weeks of acceptance was the inauguration of the Brazilian Students' Nucleus of the Academic Association of the University of the Algarve (NEBRAUAlg), whose president is Roberto Chiodelli, PhD student in Psychology.
This nucleus thus reinforces the reception of the new Brazilian students, who besides the Portuguese, are the most represented nationality in UAlg.
In addition to the many UAlg volunteers, this host program was also supported by the Municipal Councils of Faro, Silves, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António, the Algarve Tourist Region, and Zoomarine.
According to the latest official data provided by the Directorate General of Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC) for the 2016/17 school year, UAlg registers the third highest percentage of students with foreign nationality, with 16.1 %. The national average is 11.9%.
In the current school year, more than 1,600 students of foreign nationality are expected to study at UAlg, which will exceed 20% of the total enrollment.