Brazilian twist for Irish colleges
A scholarship scheme is bringing 1,200 students from Brazil to Ireland. It’s the first step in a two-way exchange plan to develop the Science Without Borders programme
“When I applied to the programme the available countries were Belgium, Finland, Austria, China and Ireland. I wanted an English-speaking country, and Ireland, especially Dublin, is a huge information-technology centre, so it was the best option for me. It is a great country, with beautiful places to visit and interesting culture. Dublin is a mix with people from many countries, and lots of Brazilian people, and I can see some similarities to a big city like São Paulo, such as traffic, many parties and shopping centres.”
Marilia dos Santos Gildo, who is 28, is studying information technology at Dublin Business School. “I have a degree in English-language teaching, and I work for Banco do Brasil, a Brazilian federal bank. My intention, once I get back, is to migrate to the IT area of the bank, aiming for project management. I’m also considering applying to global companies in order to use the learning experience I have in Ireland.
“I have always been fascinated by Irish culture and history. Besides sharing with the Irish a passion for music, there are many leading global companies in Ireland with internship opportunities, such as Google and Facebook. Also, Ireland is part of the EU, which facilitates access to other countries for travelling. Even the weather here is not that bad. I like rainy days.”
Camila Faccini de Lima, who is studying physics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, will spend her Irish year as a visiting student at Trinity College Dublin.
“I wanted to study at Trinity, and I was very happy when I was accepted. This year will be very challenging not only because of the language but also due to cultural differences. The college structure and the way lectures are given is very different from what I am used to, so adapting to a new system will take some time and effort.
“Life in Ireland seems good so far. I was able to meet some people in my classes, and I understand friendships take time to grow. People overall seem very friendly. Culture shock was not a problem, and the weather was great in the past few weeks, considering what I was expecting from Ireland.”
Marina Donohoe of Enterprise Ireland says the Brazilian students will fare well here.
“They’re a really lovely bunch, and they have been selected for this programme because of their high academic achievements at home. They are already bringing great richness to the universities and IoTs where they are studying.”