The College of Fine Arts received a $500,000 U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia grant in 2009 to lead a student and faculty exchange consortium with Morehead State University in Kentucky and Goias Federal University and Santa Catarina State University in Brazil. The consortium partners developed and implemented a U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program in Music. The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) [Brazilian Ministry of Education]. The first group of student and faculty exchanges began in 2010-2011 academic year and continued through 2011-2012 with three Brazilian students enrolling at Marshall during the fall and three Marshall students enrolling at the two schools in Brazil during the spring. School continues in completing the U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia grant, as the COFA is working on developing new funding sources so that exchange programs can be continuously offered in 2012-2013 academic year.