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Award scheme allows young people in New Zealand to study in Latin America

by Ray Clancy on January 25, 2017

A scholarship scheme is helping young people from New Zealand to spend time studying in Latin America at a time when connections with the region are being welcomed.

The aim of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA) is to introduce more young people to Latin American countries and cultures as well as build connections for the future.

beach-brazilThe first lot of awards go to 37 students and are worth a total of $250,000 for various programmes in Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

‘Latin America is becoming increasingly important to our nation from a trade and enterprise perspective. International education experiences help young people develop cultural awareness, understanding and skills that enhance our country’s ability to work in this part of the world,’ said Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

The programmes include an exchange to the Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, and a study abroad semester at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Chile and a study group for the Brazilian Visual Cultures LATINAM202 programme.

The PMSLA programme is modelled on the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, which has supported 907 New Zealand students with study, research or internships in Asian countries since its introduction in 2013.

Applications for the second round of awards are now open and will close on 30 April 2017. Another $250,000 will be allocated to students in this second round.

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