Internationalization and Language Assessment in Brazil: Exploring the Interface between Language Proficiency and Rankings at UFES

Kyria Rebeca Finardi, Gabriel Brito Amorim, Cláudia J. Kawachi-Furlan


The study is based on the assumption that knowledge of English is an important factor in the internationalization of higher education and that the English without Borders program has positively affected the overall level of proficiency in English as well as internationalization levels in Brazil. So as to verify this hypothesis, the study analyzed the interface between English proficiency levels measured with the TOEFL ITP test and internationalization scores measured in terms of rankings in a federal university in Brazil. Results of the study suggest that during the period analyzed these two variables remained stable, thus confirming the hypothesis raised.

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