University welcomes Brazilian students as part of 'revolutionary' programme
A GROUP of students have travelled from Brazil to study in Derby as part of a "revolutionary" scholarship programme.
The aim of the Brazilian government's Science Without Borders scheme is to get 10,000 of its youngsters to take undergraduate sandwich courses, sandwich PhDs and full PhDs in the UK over the next three years.
And the University of Derby has welcomed more than 50 new students – who are in their second and third years of study – under the programme.
They have already attended the university's Welcome Week, where they had the chance to meet other international students and learn more about student life in Derby.
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Student Arthur Miranda – who is working towards an electronic engineering degree through the scheme – said: "So far, everything has been great.
"The facilities here are fantastic and staff are very supportive. If they can't help they are always kind enough to put you in contact with someone who can."
And Vinicius D'Aroz, studying for a mechanical engineering degree, said: "The university has been very welcoming.
"This has made it very easy for me to settle in here in Derby."
Courses under the scheme include biology, biomedical and health science, computer science and information technology, creative industry courses, earth and environmental sciences and engineering.
The Brazilian group joins more than 1,000 international students from across 70 countries around the world at the university.
Nick Slade, director of international development at the university, said: "We are delighted to welcome another cohort of Brazilian students to the university.
"Brazil's Science without Borders scheme is one of the first, large-scale student mobility programmes of its kind.
"And our involvement gives these international students the opportunity to experience the very best Derby has to offer."