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UNI to host Brazilian students for Iowa agribusiness tour


Christine Schrage, instructor, marketing, 319-273-2126,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa, in partnership with Hawkeye Community College and Kirkwood Community College, will host a professor and five students from the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil from July 3 through 13. The students will study U.S. culture in Iowa through an agricultural business tour.

During their visit, the Brazilian students will attend a variety of events across Iowa. Students will visit several local farms and will receive information from the Department of Natural Resources regarding forestry management and environmental preservation. A specialist will share information with the students about proper resource preservation. Another trip includes a visit to the Iowa Select Farms pork processing plant in Parkersburg where they will learn about the process and operations of a large facility network. Other site visits include the John Deere tractor plant in Waterloo and a state-of-the-art farm equipment repair facility in Jesup.

This program also allows UNI students to spend a semester in Brazil, both studying and practicing business operations. Prior to their departure, students are required to take a Portuguese language course for full immersion into the Brazilian culture.

The Iowa-Midwest Brazil Exchange Program is a joint effort between UNI, Hawkeye Community and Kirkwood Community colleges, as well as two universities in Brazil, Universidade de Brasilia and the Universidade Federal de Goiás. The consortium was founded in 2009 to strengthen the educational relationship between Iowan and Brazilian students and faculty.