Oct 3, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Brazil’s study abroad market skyrocketed in 2016, increasing by 14 percent, with more than 247,000 Brazilian students studying abroad.  

The Brazilian Educational and Language Travel Association (BELTA), recently released a new survey that shows Brazil’s average-stay study abroad programs increased between 2015-2016.

About 37.8 percent of Brazilian students study abroad for two or three months, but 2016 saw a shift to longer stays.  

According to the survey, compared to 2015, students spent $8,902 in 2016 on study abroad programs—an 82 percent increase over 2015.  Experts speculate that the increase is due to a greater demand for longer-term programs.  

What are Brazilian students studying?  Language.  Students particularly seek programs that give them language skills, in addition to opportunities for temporary work.  

Where are they going?  Top destinations for Brazilian students include Canada, the US, Australia, Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand.  BELTA reports that students consider exchange rates, quality of student life, policies that allow students to work and study, and ease of visa acquisition as key indicators that determine where Brazilian students choose to study.  

Experts speculate that more Brazilian students are seeking language opportunities abroad to give them valuable skills in the international labor market—especially those students seeking to study English. Parents also see these programs as a strong investment on their children—with the opportunity for a high rate of return.  

Learn more about studying in Brazil.  

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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