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Bernardo Da Costa

Brazilian, X 2004, Masters in Fundamental Mathematics at Orsay

"Coming here opened my eyes to new possibilities..."

« My choice to come to École Polytechnique was based on several factors. To begin with, I began studying French in middle school, then continued at Alliance Française. Afterwards, my university director at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, presented us with the three partnerships our school had formed with foreign establishments, one of which was with Polytechnique. He strongly encouraged me to take that path for my future studies. I then enrolled in a calculus course, with the intention to prepare myself for the Polytechnique entrance exam (concours de l'X) for international students. Through this course, I met Brazilian professors who had completed their theses in France, and who also assured me that École Polytechnique would truly be a good fit for me. All of these opinions had a lot of incluence on my final decision. Coming here opened my eyes to new possibilities in the matters which interested me most, as much on the scientific side as the human side, by the different student clubs (binets) in which I was able to take part during my years there. »