Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy –
Semester Abroad in Brazil
In addition to the ERASMUS+ & Swiss-European Mobility Programme and the International Student Exchange Program, university partnerships also offer students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. Dr. Kirste is responsible for one of the university partnerships held by the University of Salzburg. More specifically, this concerns the partnership with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), which each semester offers some Salzburg students the chance to gain experience abroad and outside of Europe – namely in Brazil. A small sample of what the PUCRS has to offer and what students from Salzburg can expect is provided below, in addition to information on the application process.
PUCRS – a brief portrait
PUCRS is now the best private Higher Education Institution in the South of Brazil, as shown in the most relevant national and international rankings, such as Times Higher Education, QS and Folha University Ranking. The University relies on a large number of facilities, including the University Hospital (HSL), the Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc), the Science and Technology Museum (MCT), the Sports Park, the Brain Institute (BraIns) and the Audiovisual Technological Center (TECNA). In addition to having more than 40,000 students, including online and on-site, as of today, PUCRS has an alumni network of more than 170,000 students. PUCRS is organized into seven academic schools, offering 55 undergraduate programs, 23 graduate programs (Master’s and Doctorate) as well as 70 certificate and extension programs. PUCRS is partners with 226 institutions in 36 countries all over the world, in an effort to consolidate the international cooperation in several areas. Academic mobility, excellent research, language programs, double degrees, and international events are some of the initiatives of internationalization the University endeavors. All these actions reaffirm its vision of becoming an international reference in Higher Education through innovation and social, environmental, scientific, cultural and economic development by the year 2022. [Source: Office for International Cooperation (PUCRS), 2021]
PUCRS – a field report from Salzburg
“YES, it pays off, I made a lot of new friends, gained experience and travelled to new places. All in all, it was probably the best six months of my life and I hope that everyone else will also take the opportunity to do a semester abroad. It is not only very useful from an academic point of view, but even more so for personal development and the many friendships. I don’t regret it for a second and I’m glad I took the step into the uncertain distance.” [free translation]
– A student about his semester abroad at PUCRS
You can find the detailed field report here.
PUCRS – the application process
If you are interested in a semester abroad in Brazil (please note: in the winter semester of 2021/2022 it is not possible to stay at PUCRS due to corona), the first step is to contact Dr. Kirste. He will then provide information about the available spots and by which deadline which application documents must be submitted. The application documents must be submitted to Dr. Kirste by the deadline, who will then select the suitable applicants and nominate them. In the past, due to the number of application requests, it was possible to offer all interested applicants a place at PUCRS and to nominate them accordingly – but this depends on the rush. If there are more applicants than spots, the first-come-first-served principle applies. From the moment of nomination, it is possible to apply for a study abroad scholarship – just as with an Erasmus exchange. Students who receive a scholarship from the scholarship office (study allowance, self-supporting scholarship) have to apply for the study abroad scholarship at the scholarship office. All other students have to apply to Ms. Dott.ssa. Elona Memisha-Schnappinger (Office for International Relations). More information on applying for the PLUS Study Abroad Scholarship as well as the application forms can be found on the website of the Office of International Relations.
At this point, we would also like to point out that courses in legal philosophy (provided there is equivalence in terms of content and scope) are particularly suitable for recognition alongside international courses and the subject bundle “Foreign Law”.
PUCRS – current information
Due to the Corona pandemic, it is not possible to study abroad at PUCRS in the winter semester of 2021/2022.
Information regarding a semester abroad in the summer semester of 2022 will be made available here as soon as we have received it from our partner university.