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Entry requirements for Brazil

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Foundation course

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you may be required to successfully complete an International Foundation Year before entering our undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses

We will consider students with good grades in the GCE A-level examinations / the International Baccalaureate or the successful completion of a recognised international foundation programme or the successful completion of one or more years of undergraduate study at a university in Brazil for entry onto our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate courses

You will usually need to have completed a relevant first degree with a good GPA score. Evidence of research skills are required to undertake a PhD course.

English language

You will need to have a relevant English language qualification to satisfy the English language requirements for your course. The minimum admissions requirement is usually IELTS 6.5 but for some courses we may ask for higher grades.

You can improve your level of English language to meet the entry requirements for your course through our in-house English for University Study programme, a full-time course for international students planning to study at a UK university. The minimum entry requirement is IELTS 4.0 for September entry, 4.5 for January and 5.0 for April. The Exit Test results from this course are accepted as IELTS equivalents for entry to all degree courses at Cardiff University.

We also offer Summer Pre-sessional courses for applicants with academic offers that are conditional on improving their level of English language proficiency.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.


Students from Brazil are eligible for the Santander Scholarship. The Santander Universities Scholarships aim to assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a master's programme around the world.

Brazilian students are also eligible to apply for the Chevening Scholarship. These prestigious scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.