My relationship with Los Angeles started thanks to a partnership between the Federal University of Santa Catarina and UCLA, which unfortunately was canceled in 2015, when the last 5 fortunate students came to study free of charge at UCLA for one year.
I confess that the approval process was simple, my University was responsible for receiving the documentation and selecting the students according to a grades rank. So I sent everything and waited for a few weeks. During my vacation I received an email congratulating me for getting in the program.
Not all courses offered in Brazil is a major in America universities, so you better know the curriculum very well before deciding where you will study. Look for subjects that can be validated in your Brazilian University.
GE, or General Education are compulsory subjects and as the name suggests, deal with general matters. They are often quite interesting! Modern Architecture, African Art and Astronomy are examples of classes that I took, even though I am an Engineering student in Brazil. And you can also study languages. If you are already the best of the best in English, you can study a third, or fourth, or seventh language instead of a regular matter.
Some classes, besides the traditional classroom, are complemented by a discussion class, which usually worths 1 credit and normally it happens in a different day of the week of the lecture. The class consists in a smaller group of students who deepens, along with a teacher’s assistant, in the subject studied, through discussions, papers, presentations. It requires a lot of participation!
We are the last in line!
Registration is not released for all students at the same time, and that priority list, the exchange students are placed in the end. Chances are that crowded classes are no longer available when it’s your turn (nor that subject that you REALLY wanted to attend but it only accepted 15 students). I also tried to enroll in several classes of design that, to my disappointment, could only be selected by students in that major. The same happens with other departments, especially when the subject is very specific. And despite the long list of classes that universities offer, not all of them are available every semester! Because of all that, you better make plans A, B, C and D because you will not always get the subjects that you want.
Familiarize with the enrollment system
Registration is done online via a dedicated system that sometimes is not very friendly. So spend a little time trying to understand how it works before the date to register for real. This will help you gain time in selecting the classes.