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Pedro Navarro: Finding home in Sorocaba and Knott Hall

  Pedro Navarro, originally from Sorocaba, Brazil, is majoring in chemical engineering. He shares his story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2020. When I think about the fact that I am graduating from Notre Dame, it is still hard to believe. I can...
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Meet Jaime Signoracci: NDI's travel security and risk management expert

In June 2014, a plane landed hard at the Kabul International Airport. It was after dark and the flight crew needed medical attention. The plane suffered damage, so the crew needed to stay overnight in Kabul until another aircraft could be flown in. Jaime Signoracci, who was only in her...
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Finding a common language through dance in Brazil

Godsee Joy is a senior from Silver Spring, Maryland, currently studying economics and peace studies with a minor in data science. While at the University of Notre Dame, she has been heavily involved with research, community engagement, and international travel. Currently, she serves as a department director in …
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Business in Brazil: How an international student created a platform to connect students to high-tech jobs

Brazilian native Laura Henares is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, currently studying international economics, German, and international development studies. This international student has already lived in the United States, South Africa and Germany, and believes a global perspective can only contribute to one’s intellectual and practical pursuits. Currently...
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LL.M. Spotlight: Fernanda Gianesella Bertolaccini

Fernanda Gianesella Bertolaccini wants her voice to be heard. An activist in her native Brazil, Bertolaccini focuses on how private companies comply with voluntary sustainability standards and how they are held accountable for them. She also looks at the effect these regulations have on vulnerable populations. It is the focus...
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Notre Dame, international since the beginning

Since its inception, the University of Notre Dame has been a global school.  It was founded by a French priest and brothers in 1842 with money raised in Europe, and as soon as 1850 was enrolling international students.  In the decades that followed, more than 100 students would come to...
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Startup scene in São Paulo: Three students share stories from their internships

Daniela Bohrt spent part of her summer interning at Gaveteiro.com.br Brazil’s growing technology and startup sector is proving increasingly attractive to Notre Dame students. While the technology and ecommerce industry is already well established in the United States, the environment in Brazil is one of excitement and uncertainty, with startups...
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Life in Rio: A student’s perspective on NDI’s newest Brazil program

Gabrielle Brookins is a junior studying business analytics in the Mendoza College of Business with a minor in Africana studies. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native recently studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro. She writes about what life was like in Rio and the experiences she gained along the way.…
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Finding Joy in the internship experience abroad

Joy (far right) is pictured with her new friends at GuiaBolso As the world’s ninth largest economy and sixth most populous country, opportunities abound in Brazil for those brave enough to chance them. The technology industry in particular has been experiencing growth, attracting tech-hungry entrepreneurs who are looking for adventurous...
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Why not him? Pedro Navarro's story

Navarro and his mother From a young age, the importance of education was impressed upon Pedro Navarro, a junior chemical engineering student from Brazil. His mother is a Portuguese teacher and saw firsthand the discrepancies between public and private schools in their hometown, but she couldn’t afford to send her son...