Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
The Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (UFSC) is a Brazilian university notable for its Institute of Oriental Studies (Instituto de Estudos Orientais). Although the university probably has many other programs, this article focuses on the Institute for Oriental Studies, the university's best known program. This is especially interesting because nobody is really sure why, of all the programs presumably at the university, the Institute for Oriental Studies has become so popular.
The Institute of Oriental Studies
The Institute of Oriental Studies offers such a popular area of study that it can be hard to squeeze into, especially at first. Unlike other areas of interest, one cannot just slide right in, even when they're ready. Although getting in is the toughest part, once you're in you had better be prepared to push on ahead as you move deeper into the program.
Like any university they probably have a math program, a history program, an art program, and many other programs, but you won't find anywhere near the kind of exotic experience you will find in the Oriental Studies program. If you really want a deep understanding of the area, you are going to spend many hours studying it.
Popularity on the Internet
The university's Institute of Oriental Studies became widely popular on the Internet in 2005. So popular, in fact, that they decided to take their site down because it was receiving too much traffic and using too much bandwidth on their server. One of the only remaining pages on the university website about the program states that the program was started in December 2000.
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- Institute of Eastern Studies of the UFSC goes to complete three years of performance. Ufsc.com (2003-03-18).