THEY won’t be in Brazil for the World Cup this summer but 100 students from the football mad country now studying in Limerick will instead add plenty of colour to the city.
Mayor Kathleen Leddin welcomed 33 new students from Brazil to a reception in City Hall this week.
The students, who have travelled to Limerick under the Brazilian Science without Borders initiative from cities all across the South American country, will be enrolled in LIT until 2015 and will join existing Brazilian students who came to Limerick last year.
The students are studying here through a scholarship programme funded by Brazil’s federal government. A total of 1,200 students have come to Ireland under the scheme, with almost 100 of those choosing to study in Limerick.
Brazilian student Tiago Oliviera, age 24, from Sao Paulo in Brazil said: “Well, I will miss the two most important things of the year, the wedding of my brother and the World Cup. But I know this exchange will be a great experience for my life and my friends have already undertaken to transmit everything through the internet.”
In a joint collaboration between LIT and Mary Immaculate College, the students will study English language programmes at the English Language School based at MIC for eight months in preparation for entering undergraduate programmes in Engineering, Science and IT in the Moylish college in September of this year.
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of LIT said she was “delighted” that the students chose to study here.
“They are excellent students and I am confident their international experience will give them even better knowledge and skills that will stand them in good stead for their future careers,” she said.