Atlantic - Brazil Programme

English for Academic Purposes

A Pre-University English Language Programme for International Students

Atlantic Language School, Galway provides pre-university intensive English language programmes for international students who wish to study at National University of Ireland, Galway.


English language courses are offered at various levels over 4, 12 and 25 weeks to enable students reached the required level of English to study at NUI Galway. For more information, download the Atlantic Language Brazil Brochure or contact:


Kotaro Tanaka
Registrar, Admissions Department
Atlantic Language Galway
Fairgreen House, Fairgreen Road
Galway, Ireland
T: +353-(0)91-513 563

Science Without Borders Undergraduate Students


The next Call for SWB sandwich undergraduate students to choose Ireland is NOW OPEN. The online application system opens to SWB students from the 12th until the 30th January 2015. NUI Galway look forward to welcoming more Brazilian students to our beautiful campus in the future as we have been the University of choice for Brazilian students coming to Ireland, to date. Further information, testimonials and videos etc are available on our Facebook page for Brazil In NUI Galway SWB students can design your own degree by choosing a mix of subjects from over 1000 available modules


Visiting Undergraduate Students

We are delighted to participate in Brazil’s Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) scheme and during the first three Calls 258 students from over 100 universities throughout Brazil have been accepted by NUI Galway to study a range of modules from Anatomy to Zoology, and from Artificial Intelligence to Tissue Engineering. NUI Galway, with the highest number of international students in an Irish university, has been central to Ireland’s participation in Brazil’s Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras). With the largest cohort of Brazilian students than any other university in Ireland, NUI Galway has proven to be the university of choice in Ireland for Brazilian students and we would hope that our Brazilian family will grow and grow as we look forward to welcoming an increasing number of Brazilian students to Galway over the coming years. NUI Galway already has a number of substantial academic links with Brazil, and it is our hope that the Science without Borders scheme will strengthen these links further and also enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the University.

Our popular Study Abroad Programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study at NUI Galway for one semester and earn credits towards their degree at their home institution. Semester One runs from September to December while Semester Two runs from January until May.


Classes available to Ciência sem Fronteiras undergraduate students

Undergraduate students participating in the Ciência sem Fronteiras scheme can expect to take 4 - 7 classes per semester. This equates to approximately 25 ECTS credits, which is a normal course load for NUI Galway students. Please refer to the following documents for detailed descriptions of the modules on offer in Science and Engineering to Science Without Borders students:

Science without Borders Module Booklet Semester 1 (2014-2015)

Science without Borders Module Booklet Semester 2 (2014 - 2015)


Entry Requirements

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis, however as a general guide visiting undergraduate students from Brazil are normally required to have completed at least 20% and at most 90% of their study plan in Brazil, with a minimum GPA of 6.0 (or equivalent). Admission to particular classes may also subject to meeting certain pre-requisites.

Language Requirement 

Students admitted from the next Call may be required to complete a pre-sessional English language programme with a view to commencing studies at NUI Galway in September 2015. Please note that CAPES have confirmed that students must therefore meet the following English language requirements: 





Start English

Start University

Direct Entry (September 2015)





September 2015

1 month English classes and 2 semesters Study Abroad:


74 - 79

537 or higher

1st August - 29th August 2015

September 2015

2 months English classes and 2 semesters Study Abroad:




1st July - 29th August 2015

September 2015

Language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of your programme at the University.
*with not less than 5.5 in any component
** with not less than 5.0 in any component (for entry onto PSE)

*** NUI Galway does not accept TOEFL ITP for direct admission. However, students presenting an ITP score above 525 may be considered for TOEFL IBT preparation programme prior to term.

English Language Courses

Students who do not yet meet our English language Requirements can apply to undertake 1-2 months intensive English language studies at our partner language school. Find out more about our English language courses.


How to Apply 

Applications by Brazilian visiting students applying under the Science Without Borders scheme can be made online at

The following documents must also be submitted online:

  • Most recent college transcript (in English)
  • English language qualification
  • Copy of birth certificate/identity page of passport
  • A passport size photograph
  • A list of the modules (classes) the applicant wishes to enrol on - please refer to the following documents for detailed descriptions of the modules on offer in Science and Engineering to Science Without Borders students:


 For more information and the answers to some frequently asked questions see SWB Study Abroad FAQ Document


Videos showing what our SWB students have to say about NUI Galway;

Ciência sem fronteiras na NUI Galway

Science without Borders student experiences at NUI Galway 

Research Opportunities for SWB students at NUI Galway  

Video Testimonials from SWB students - Luciana Leal PUC MG

Video Testimonials from SWB students - Jessica Tsurmaki SP

Welcoming 100 Brazilian Students to NUI Galway!