This week, between August 17 and 25, Insper began its exchange program for the second academic semester of 2020, welcoming 33 international students from 10 different partner schools.
Given the pandemic scenario, both the welcome structure and the class-session model were planned for the remote format. Some adaptations have been made to ensure the excellence of the Insper experience, even away from campus structure.
“Insper’s International area always has been focused on finding viable alternatives to keep up with the school’s internationalization strategy. For us, it is essential to have international students in attendance along with our own to promote a multicultural environment and experience-sharing in the classrooms,” comments Ana Paula Fraga Guimarães, Coordinator of Insper’s International Relations department.
“This semester, we were prepared to host a record number of international students in the face-to-face format. With the onset of the pandemic, we looked for other alternatives to serve those students, who would not always choose Brazil as a first option,” says Ana Carolina Souza, Insper International’s specialist.
“Certainly, the fact we have international certifications (from EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB) reinforces our credibility, as we are among less than 1% of business schools in the world with the ‘Triple Crown’ recognition,” adds Ana Paula Fraga Guimarães.
“We are thrilled to have attracted a considerable number of attendees, even without the travel experience,” Ana Carolina Souza concludes.
The program started on August 17 with a welcoming session by the International Relations area. It presented the main information about the exchange process and online class processes. Professor Fernando Ribeiro was also with the class to give a lecture on aspects between cultures.
On August 18, it was time to understand the details about class sessions and courses. To this end, the academic coordinators of Administration, Economics, and Engineering programs, together with the professors of the elective courses, delivered a summary of the programs and courses. They also clarified the main doubts from the class.
Also, the MultiInsper was invited to speak about the department’s services and shared about all the support they already offer here at Insper to extend them to our international students.
On August 19, it was the turn of the Career Center team to share about its services and the internship possibilities, even remotely. The Fab Lab team was also in attendance by presenting the laboratory’s structure and the world model of networking proposed among the several existing Fab Labs.
August 20 was packed with fun! It was a day to get hands on literally and attend a gastronomy class. In it, our students prepared, directly from their homes, traditional Brazilian recipes, such as brigadeiro (which is similar to a chocolate truffle) and pão de queijo (cheese bread). To end that first week with a flourish, they could not go without meeting the buddies. They are Graduate Program veterans who host international students and give them all the necessary support during the exchange.
“The support from buddies is essential for the international students’ experience to be as integrative as possible. After all, only those who are students can deeply share the experience of studying at Insper,” says Andreia Ribeiro, one of the week’s organizers and responsible for student mobility at Insper.
Orientation Week aims to prepare international students for the semester, but it does not stop there. With the official start of classes, there is the Welcome Get Together, too. It takes place on August 25 and also brings together all veterans and newcomer freshmen and freshwomen.