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The Ohio State University’s history of 50+ years of partnership and strategic engagement with Brazil is rooted in collaborative research and educational cooperation, beginning in the area of agriculture with USP-ESALQ in 1964. Collaborations and partnerships have since grown to include diverse areas of study, ranging from medicine to literature, and institutions throughout Brazil. In 2013, Ohio State partnered with the Research Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) to create a $1.4 million FAPESP-OSU research fund to foster collaborative projects between researchers at Ohio State and institutions in the State of São Paulo. Ohio State has a long history of cooperation with national Brazilian higher education agencies CAPES and CNPq. In 2015, CIC-CAPES held its Biomedical Research Workshop at Ohio State, and the following year, Ohio State’s Office of Research and Brazil Gateway co-hosted FAPESP Week at Ohio State.


The Brazil Gateway provides a wide variety of services for faculty to aid establishing research collaborations, teaching pedagogy and to make traveling to Brazil easier and more efficient. All staff members are bilingual and have lived and studied in both Brazil and the United States. The Brazil Gateway office is located in Moema and is well connected with the Ohio State alumni network, universities and corporate partners. Faculty are encouraged to contact the office in advance to make their travel arrangements to Brazil.

The Brazil Gateway also is involved with funding and administering grant opportunities, helping to facilitate international agreement and assisting education abroad programs in-country. 

Travel Services

  • Invitation letters
  • Visa application guidance
  • Itinerary planning
  • Site recommendations
  • Accommodation recommendations and reservations
  • Meeting and conference arrangements
  • Translation (business cards and materials)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transportation arrangements
  • Interpreters
  • Navigation assistance
  • Local culture advice
  • Connection establishment (setting up meetings and connections with universities, governments, alumni and students)
  • Accompany and support to and during the meetings
  • Meeting and event follow up


Academic Partnerships

International Agreements

The Office of International Affairs is the first point of contact in developing international agreements. Contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser (kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu), program director, international relations, if you are interested in working on formalizing an agreement.

  • Sixteen agreements are active in Brazil, including one dual degree agreement, 12 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), and three Memoranda of Agreement (MOA).
  • The agreements were initiated by various colleges:
    • Six are university-wide initiatives
    • Four in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    • Two in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Two in the College of Engineering
    • One in the College of Dentistry
    • One in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Education Abroad Programs

The Brazil Gateway helps facilitate various education abroad programs according to each program’s needs. For example, the Brazil Gateway can assist in the following ways:

  • Connect professors and staff interested in starting an education abroad program with partners in Brazil
  • Set up meetings with prospective partners such as universities, companies, non-profit organizations, etc.
  • Facilitate communications during meetings and visits and follow-up
  • With existing programs, meet with students and professors to hear from their experience
  • Organize cultural visits and gatherings with other Buckeyes in Brazil