The Institute of International Education (IIE) provides two required webinars for incoming Brazil Scientific Mobility Program students. Students are required to attend one Pre-Departure Orientation webinar as well as one Welcome Orientation webinar.
Welcome Orientation Webinars took place on March 24, 2014 and provided information on BSMP policies in order to help students understand and benefit most from their scholarships.
Pre-Departure Orientation Webinars were presented by IIE and EducationUSA and took place in February 2014. They presented information related to students' entry to the US, and provided instructions relevant to the students' arrival at their schools.
Welcome Orientation Webinar Registration Links
All students who arrived at their host institutions in March 2014 were required to attend a Welcome Webinar. All three sessions have concluded.
Download the slides from the presentation (2.12 MB)
Pre-Departure Orientation Webinar Registration Links
All Group B2 - Call 143 students were required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation Webinar in February 2014. All four sessions have concluded - thank you for participating.
Download the slides from the presentation (3.9 MB)
What should I do before I leave Brazil?
Before you leave, make sure you go through the following checklist. It will help you organize yourself for your departure from Brazil and initial arrival in the U.S.
- Obtain or update your passport so it is valid for at least 6 (six) months beyond the duration of your Form DS-2019.
- Obtain your original Form DS-2019 from IIE.
- Apply for a J-1 exchange visitor entry visa.
- Attend your interview for a J-1 exchange visitor visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate..
- Obtain international airline tickets, with final U.S. destination as noted in your TOA. When doing so find out if there are any baggage specifications or security clearances for your particular airline.
- Inform IIE and your International Student Advisor at your U.S. host institution of your complete itinerary including airlines, flight numbers, transfer cities, and dates and times of flights. You may use the Initial Travel Form to do this.
- Arrange transportation from the airport to your U.S. host institution.
Review your host institution’s health insurance plan and health center information.
- Have any necessary medical and dental work done in Brazil prior to your departure.
- Obtain necessary immunization requirements of your U.S. host institution. Please contact your International Student Advisor or host institution’s health center if you have further questions.
- Contact your International Student Advisor and/or housing office to find out what your housing and meal accommodations will be, and how to apply/make arrangements accordingly.
- Do not pay housing application fees or deposits with personal funds as you will not be reimbursed. Request that all housing application fees and deposit invoice be sent to IIE directly.
- Inquire about any orientation programs that have been planned for international students by your host institution.
- Purchase traveler’s checks and bring a small amount of U.S. currency with you.
- Give your family a copy of your TOA.
How to Prepare for Academic Training (summer internship)
- Speak with your professors in Brazil about multinational companies with offices in the U.S. at which they may have contacts.
- Make a resume if you don't have one already.
- Start thinking about what you'd like to do for an internship in the U.S. next summer.
- Research the requirements your university in Brazil has for you to receive credit for your summer internship.
What To Pack
In addition to the normal items you would pack for your year abroad, there are some that you may not readily think about bringing but will be very glad you did:
- An official up-to-date transcript of your studies in Brazil (along with official English translation).
- Your current driver’s license or international driver’s license.
- Your birth certificate.
- Your medical records, especially if you have any pre-existing health condition.
- A year supply of medication(s) for any pre-existing health conditions. Prescriptions from abroad cannot be filled in the United States. It is also a good idea to have your current doctor provide you with a description of the prescription medicine (s) you take. You can then use this information to consult with a U.S. doctor for a prescription that can be filled in the United States.
- Your dental records.
- An extra pair of eyeglasses or supply of contact lenses.
- Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if you were previously issued one.
- A credit card with lesser fees for international transactions; international students may face a long wait applying for credit cards in the United States.
- Slides, photographs, maps, books, traditional clothing, or other cultural artifacts/objects of your home country which can be used in informal talks that you may be invited to give.
Important Note: It is probably wise to omit most household items such as linens and cooking utensils because they can be purchased in the U.S. at a reasonable cost.