The Brazilian government announced this year that it plans to give 75,000 scholarships for local students to study abroad by 2014.

But when officials tell students how and where they might apply, some can’t quite get their heads around it.

“I can feel that they are thinking, This can’t be for me, it has to be for someone else, maybe for those with Ph.D.’s or more advanced degrees,” said Thais Pires, head of Alumni Advising-Education USA. “They want to know more, but lots of them can’t believe it.”

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