going to brazil (minas gerais)

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the 6th largest country in the world. Brazil has a lot to offer, here are some highlights; the waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, bustling city with the world-famous Copacabana, the Amazon region, Olinda and Recife, with Dutch influences and of course the world's best beaches in Natal and João Pessoa. Wherever you are, the Brazilian population is nice, hospitable, friendly and enthusiastic. When you want to gain international experience, Brazil is an excellent choice

Brazilian partners


Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Federal University of Vicosa (UFV)
Federal University of São Jão Del-Rei (UFSJ)

Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC Minas)


- UFMG is the 10th best university in Latin America (QS World University Rankings);
- UFMG is the second best university in Brazil (QS World University Rankings);
- UFV remains among the best universities in the world in             agricultural and forestry sciences (QS World University Rankings);
- PUC Minas is nominated as the best private university in the country by II Best Universities Award 2006.

Student life, housing, supervision by Brazilian partner university and internship experience was considered as excellent by Living Lab students. 95% of these students recommend an internship in Brazil to other students. Their final grade is 7.5.


Living Lab Biobased Brazil offers for free a number of biobased internships and biobased graduation internship projects. These projects take place at partner institutions, such as universities and companies. The Living Lab mediated not only between the student and the project, but also for living accommodations. Like any other international project, a project via the Living Lab requires also a number of additional steps, besides the regular steps you from study. All the services of the Living Lab are free. The steps are as follows:



Students went to Brazil since February 2015 (20 wks)


Of the students who went to Brazil recommend an internship in Brazil to other students.


General score by students for their time in Brazil.


To participate in the Living Lab project Biobased Brazil you must meet some requirements.

1.     You are undergraduate (BSc) student at Avans, HZ, HAS, NHL/Stenden, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences or Maastricht University;

2.   Your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond planned date of departure from Brazil;

3.   Apply for an internship project before the DEADLINE: 01/04 or 01/11.

Before you apply for a study program or internship project via Living Lab Biobased Brazil, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations.


If you have any immediate questions, refer to our FAQ section, or contact us by email.



The visa application and procedure will be of your responsibility. You will be informed about this procedure after your application and we will help you through it along with your host university


visa protocol.pdf
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Below you can find the topics of the different  projects in Brazil. If you want to know more details about any of the projects below, please send an email to Margot Verwei (mgp.verwei@avans.nl). Please, do not contact the professor yourself.

No projects for now.


Department of Chemistry - UFV

Supervisor: Fábio de Ávila Rodrigues


1) Production of furfural and HMF from biomass.

- Simulation in Aspen Plus.

Department of Food Technology - UFV

Supervisor: Frederico Barros


1) Bioactive compounds in foods: Extraction, quantification and antioxidant properties.

- Laboratory work; food natural colorants; anthocyanins; solvent extraction; ultrasound; antioxidant capacity.

2) Improving food quality and human health through grain chemistry and technology.

- Laboratory work; dietary fiber; resistant starch; tannins; bioactive compounds; food processing.

Laboratory of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering - UFV

Supervisor: Ann Mounteer 


1) Combining physical, chemical and biological processes for improved wastewater treatment efficiency.

- Reactors, optimization, physical, chemical, microbiological analyses.

2) Ecotoxicological evaluation of wastewaters and receiving waters.

Laboratory of Environmental Quality - UFV

Supervisor: André Pereira Rosa


1) Diagnosis and optimization of treatment efficiency and energy production in plug flow digesters.

- Bioreactors, simulation.

2) Analysis of organic matter (COD) mass balance.

- Laboratory work, calculations.

UFSJ, Campus: Alto Paraopeba, Ouro Branco/MG.

Supervisor: Professor Dr. Boutros Sarrouh


-Lignocellulosic Biomass: physical, chemical and biological pretreatment aiming for the liberation of fermentable sugars.
-Fermentation process using alternative substrates and/or agricultural residues for the production of high added value products.
-Evaluation of lignin efluente as a raw material for biomolecules and biogás production.
For more information please look at the pdf:


UFSJ-Professor Boutros Sarrouh.pdf
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Building Construction Laboratory - UFOP

Supervisor: Guilherme Jorge Brigolini Silva


1) Alkali activated cements produced from biomass (eucalyptus) fly ash applied in building construction.

- Material analysis; usage of Origin or Excel; group work; not recommended if you have dust allergy. 

For more information, please look at the pdf.

UFOP - Prof Guilherme Brigolini.pdf
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Pharmacy & Biotechnology Department - UFOP

Supervisor: Orlando David Henrique dos Santos


1) Evaluation of the potential of plant extracts as an environmental friendly product for food and pharmaceutical applications.

For more information, please look at the pdf.

UFOP - Prof Orlando dos Santos.pdf
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Environmental Engineering - Chemistry Department - UFOP

Supervisor: Sérgio Francisco de Aquino


1) Anaerobic digestion of residues/effluents for energy and added value products recovery.

For more information, please look at the pdf.

UFOP - Prof Sérgio Francisco de Aquino.p
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Department of Chemical Engineering - PUC Minas
Supervisor: Laura Hamdan de Andrade
1) Treatment of effluent using membrane distillation.
- Wastewater treatment; water reuse; membrane separation process; membrane distillation; physiochemical analysis.


When you apply for a project in the Netherlands, we ask you to send an email to Margot Verwei (mgp.verwei@avans.nl) stating your interest in participating of the program and with the following information:

  • Your name, study program and home university in Brazil;
  • The research, the name of the supervisor and the host university in the Netherlands for which you are applying.

Submit the following three documents attached:


1) English cover letter regarding the research areas you are interested in.

2) Resume in English.

3) Transcript of grades (translated in English).


A copy of the personal data page of your passport is needed later for the international office of your host university.


Keep in mind the application deadlines. We need to receive your application before 01/03 or 01/11. If you do not meet the given deadlines we cannot offer you any guarantees. 



After we get your application, the next steps will follow:

  • Your application is sent to the supervisor of the project in the Brazil.
  • Match between student and assignment.
  • Interview with supervisor.
  • If you are accepted, we will connect you with the International Office of your host institution, which will guide you through the enrollment and visa process.
  • Enrollment to Brazilian University (deadline 25/04 or 23/11).
  • Apply for a student exchange visa (not internship visa) for Brazil.
  • Start your internship February/March or August/September.

If you have any immediate questions, refer to our FAQ section, or contact us by email.

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