The Languages without Borders program is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Education (MEC), the Secretariat of Higher Education (SESu) and the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) of Brazil, and its primary goal is to support the improved quantity and quality of foreign languages teaching and learning in public universities throughout the country. The program’s actions benefit Brazilian university academic communities as they prepare students and professors to study and research at foreign universities where higher education is conducted in whole or in part in other languages, as well as university staff to receive and interact with an increasing number of foreign professors and students on their campuses. It is the linguistic component in the process of further internationalizing Brazil’s universities. To meet these objectives, LwB offers online self-study English and French courses, and face-to-face English classes, as well as administers internationally recognized standardized English proficiency exams.
All 63 Brazilian federal universities have a LwB Program – English NucLi and Testing Centers, and 117 state universities and federal institutes (technical colleges) are credentialed LwB Testing Centers.
The universities with testing centers are those that administer the TOEFL ITP test. In 2015 LwB started to apply the TOEIC as well, to all technical federal colleges in the country.
The universities with NucLi, besides being TCs also offer face-to-face classes that focus on preparation for English proficiency exams, the use of English in academic contexts, and exploration of academic culture in countries where English is the primary language of universities.