University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

Science without Borders - Brazil

University College Dublin (UCD) welcomes students participating in the Brazilian Science without Borders programme to study abroad at the largest and most diverse university in Ireland. In the 2015/16 academic year 117 students from Brazil will be studying at UCD through Science without Borders Initiative, through academic programmes in Architecture, Agriculture & Food Science, Engineering and Science. From the total, 88 studied English Language in preparation for entering a UCD academic programme in 2015. The UCD International team will support you before you leave home, when you first arrive and throughout your time at UCD. Our aim is for you to get the most out of your experience academically, culturally and socially.

Academic Programme

You can take up to twelve modules (classes) per year at UCD.  You can register for less than twelve modules but not less than 8.

Science without Borders students have access to a range of undergraduate modules available in the areas of Science, Engineering, Architecture, and Agriculture, Food & Nutrition. You can register for two modules per semester outside your subject area. You will be pre-registered for modules before you arrive at UCD and in most cases, you will have up to two weeks after the start of term to change your modules.  Average weekly course-load: 12 lecture hours. 

Choosing a Programme

You should apply for the UCD Study Abroad programme in the academic area where you are taking most of your modules.

Please see below for the list of programmes and subject areas in drop down selections.


UCD International Orientation Brazil SWB Programme September 2015


Study Abroad Programmes, Entry Requirements and How to Apply

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Architecture Study Abroad Programme


  • Celebrating 100 years of Architecture Excellence in 2011/12
  • Professionally Accredited Architecture Programmes
  • Architecture Studio Options for Science without Borders Students
  • Design Studio Ethos in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Subject choices

There are very limited Architecture Studio Options for ‘Science without Borders’ Students.  Please note this is not the case for the Landscape Architecture major students.  

Please bear this in mind before you accept your place on the UCD Architecture Programme.  A studio module that will be made available to students includes Site Specific Design II (LARC30170). 


Module Details

Students can select modules (courses) from our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy Programmes.  You can find module details on the Select "Undergraduate Tab" and "Architecture".


Ms. Joanne Reilly
Study Abroad Officer, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture
Engineering & Materials Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 1867

Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Study Abroad Programme


  • Only Irish University to offer a BAgriSc degree – as a study abroad student, you can take modules from the full range of subjects from Environmental to Animal Science.
  • Excellent learning support facilities – including purpose built food science building with dedicated food labs and sensory evaluation suite 
  • Access to 250 hectare research farm – Lyons Estate

Subject Choices

  • Agri-Environmental Sciences
  • Animal & Crop Production
  • Animal Science-Equine
  • Dairy Business
  • Engineering Technology
  • Food & Agribusiness Management
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management
  • Animal Science
  • Human Nutrition

Module Details

Students can select modules (courses) from our Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition. You can find module details on the Select "Undergraduate Tab" and "Agriculture, Food and Nutrition".


Claudia Schmid

Programme Administrator - International Programmes, School of Agriculture and Food Science
UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 7772 
Fax: +353 1 716 1118 

Engineering Study Abroad Programme


  • Research and Industry Practice-Linked Teaching
  • Largest Engineering School in Ireland
  • Widest Range of Engineering Programme Options in Ireland
  • Professionally Accredited Engineering Programmes – recognised by the Washington Accord

Subject Choices

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Module Details

Students can select modules (courses) from across all of our Engineering disciplines and levels.  You can find module details on the "Undergraduate Tab" and “Engineering”.



Ms. Joanne Reilly
Study Abroad Officer, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture
Engineering & Materials Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 1867

Science Study Abroad Programme


  • LARGEST & MOST DIVERSE SCIENCE PROGRAMME IN IRELAND – from Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Computer Science to Biology, Bio-molecular Sciences and Chemistry. 
  • PEER MENTORS – As a Science Study Abroad student you will be linked with a peer mentor who is a second or third year Irish student.
  • WORLD CLASS FACILITIES - The new UCD O’Brien Centre for Science is the largest capital investment in Science in the history of the Irish State. The Centre has upgraded lecture theatres, classrooms and newly designed laboratories for groups of 25 students, ensuring that students get individual attention in modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

Science Subject Choices

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology  
  • Chemistry  
  • Climate & Earth System Science
  • Computer Science  
  • Environmental Biology  
  • Genetics  
  • Geology  
  • Mathematical Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Microbiology  
  • Neuroscience 
  • Pharmacology  
  • Physics    
  • Physics with Astronomy & Space
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Statistics
  • Theoretical Physics     
  • Zoology 

Module Details

You can find module details on the Select "Undergraduate Tab" and “Science”.

To help you select your modules (courses), you can find sample suites on the UCD College of Science website -



Jamie Wells 
Science Study Abroad Officer 
Science Programme Office
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 2310

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Generally, UCD admits Science without Borders students who have attained a GPA of 7.00 on a scale of 10.00 or of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.

However, UCD uses discretion around the GPA requirement, due to the diversity of assessment methods across Brazilian universities.  If a student's GPA is lower than 7.00 or 3.00, other criteria are considered when assessing the application, such as the student's home university and how they perform in relation to their peers.

English Language Requirements

For Science without Borders students Direct Entry into UCD’s Academic Programmes:

Teaching in Irish Universities is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version

There are three options for Science without Borders students who do not yet meet UCD’s English entry requirements:

Option 1

For students with scores: IELTS 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.0) 

8 week Pre-Sessional Programme (July to August) + entry to academic program September 2015 if English entry requirement is achieved.

Option 2

For students with scores: IELTS 6.0 (with no band lower than 5.5) 

5 week Pre-Sessional Programme (July to August) + entry to academic program September 2015 if English entry requirement is achieved.

Option 3

For students who present ITP scores, these must be no lower than 525.  Students with ITP scores, will be eligible to enter the 8 week General English Programme starting in July. They will be pre-registered for an IELTS test in mid-August to determine if they meet the English Language entry requirements for the academic programme in September.

For all proficiency tests the results must be less than 2 years old.

For further advice please visit the my UCD English Language Requirements website, or contact UCD Admissions.


How to Apply

Science without borders - Ciência sem Fronteiras

Undergraduate applications

The application system for undergraduate students approved by CAPES to study in Ireland will open on December 1st 2014 at

As part of the application process, you must submit:

  • An academic letter of reference from a member of Faculty at your home University as part of the application process.
  • Your University transcript
  • Copy of the identification page on your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency






Student Testimonials 2014/15

"My experience at UCD was simply amazing. This entire year has been an incredible journey of personal growth. The entire UCD staffs were very welcoming and helpful towards the international students and the UCD labs and classrooms are very well equipped. On this year abroad, I was able to meet new people from different parts of the world and, when there was a holiday or weekend, could easily travel around Europe. I stayed on an off-campus accommodation just across the street from UCD, where I’ve met amazing people and could easily go to a supermarket or get a bus to the city centre. It is an incredible opportunity offered by the Brazilian government to study in one of the top universities of the world and I hope that other people come to study at UCD and live in this amazing country."

 Igor Costa, Mechanical Engineering student, Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil


"Joining a global University with students from so many different cultural backgrounds was really enriching both academically and personally. The engineering and architecture modules that I took were great and the professors were all well qualified and helpful. The learning resources available are really good and useful; I could always find what I needed on UCD website or in the libraries. The staff was welcoming and showed care about international students. The clubs and societies promoted amazing events and trips, where I was able to have a lot of fun and make friends from all over the world! This was certainly the best year of my life and I am sure that choosing UCD contributed to that!"



Janaina Lunelli, Civil Engineering student, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso, Brazil 


"Living in Ireland was my dream since I was a little girl. Thanks to Science without Borders my dream came true! When I arrived in UCD I was sure that I had made the right choice! The view of O’Reilly Hall and the lake on a sunny day or a lunchtime spent in the Global Lounge were hints that my time in UCD would be amazing! I know that my time in UCD helped me to improve as a professional in the Agriculture Area but also as a person. I intend to develop a career in the Horticulture area and I am sure that my experience in UCD will help me to achieve this goal.”

 Daniela Sousa, Horticulture Student, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil


"I chose the Agriculture and Food Science Programme because it was somewhat similar to what I was studying in my home university but mostly because it had a more diverse range of courses and classes. I had the opportunity to learn more about the Irish food industry with lecturers that had real experience in the field and had the chance to have a deeper contact with the food and agribusiness management area and because of this opportunity I’ve learned more about what I actually wanted for my career.

Since the beginning I had all the support I needed from the UCD International office. They had a variety of activities to bring the new students together and to make us feel welcome.  There was always a trip to the countryside, a party to celebrate the culture of another country or some tour to historical places that would help you to get to know the Irish culture and at the same time keep you in touch with other students. UCD campus also has an incredible structure!" 

 Adriane Almeida, Food Engineering Student, Universidade Estadual Do Centro-Oeste, Paraná, Brazil









Information regarding Visas, Fees, and Scholarships and Funding

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Visa Information

Students from Brazil who are participating in the Science without Borders programme do not need a visa to study in Ireland.

Tuition Fees

Please email Ms. Enda Carroll for details of tuition fees.

Scholarships and Funding

For further information, students from Brazil who are participating in the Science without Borders programme should contact:


Meet Us in your country

Tuesday 13th October
UFOP - Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto
Ireland Fair at 10:30h
Wednesday 14th October
UFMG - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Ireland Fair at 9:30h
Thursday 15th October
UFU - Universidade Federal de Uberlandia
Ireland Fair at 10h
Friday 16th October
UFSCar - Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
Ireland Fair at 10h
Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th October
BMI Fairs in Sao Paulo (Centro de Eventos Colegio Sao Luis)
From 14h to 19h
Tuesday 20th October
BMI Fairs in Rio de Janeiro (Windsor Barra Hotel)
From 15h to 20h 
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Contact Us

Ana Ferreira

Executive Assistant Brazil
UCD International
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8443