Study Abroad in Lisbon

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Explore Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a major economic center, tourist destination, and headquarters to multinational businesses. It also enjoys the status as one of the oldest cities in the world, evidenced by its cobblestone alleyways, Gothic castles, and ancient ruins.


Study abroad student surfing in Lisbon
Study abroad students having a picnic in Lisbon
Study abroad student jumping in the air for a picture in Lisbon

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Lisbon, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Visits to stunning medieval walled towns like Sintra
  • Concerts at Casa da Musica
  • Garden tours at Serralves
  • Tours of Évora’s Romanesque cathedral and gilded Baroque altarpieces
  • Day-trips to Mafra or Óbidos
  • Multi-day explorations of Porto or Coimbra 
Study abroad student outside classroom in Lisbon

Where Students Study

CIEE Lisbon
Conveniently located at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)-Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – This school was founded in 1977 and is now one of the highest ranking  social sciences and humanities schools in Portugal. It is dedicated to education, scientific research, and cultural creation. Courses are taught in Portuguese. The school hosts more than 2,800 undergraduate students and 16 research centers and is located in the heart of Lisbon.

Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e de Empresas - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972, pursuing teaching, research, and community service activities with scientific and pedagogical expertise. The strategic objectives of ISCTE-IUL are: innovation, quality, internationalization, and development of an entrepreneurial culture. ISCTE-IUL offers a range of courses taught in English from areas such as business and economics to political science and psychology. ISCTE-IUL has been recognized by highly reputed foreign agencies and associations. For instance, ISCTE Business School is an AACSB accredited institution and considered one of the best Portuguese business schools and a reference both nationally and internationally in several programs. It is located in the business center of Lisbon.

Study abroad students at a fish market in Lisbon

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Lisbon, students can share their time and gain practical skills at a range of organizations that need support.

Study Abroad in Lisbon

Pocket Guide to Lisbon

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages

    Available Transportation
    Metro, bus, tram, feet

    Famous Local
    Saint Anthony of Lisbon – Franciscan preacher and teacher, known as the patron saint of lost and stolen articles

  • Climate
    Warm, dry summers; mild, wet, windy winters; mild spring and fall

    Did You Know?
    Founded in 1200 BCE, Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe

  • Airport
    Aeroporto Humberto Delgado (LIS)

    Social Norms
    Codfish is the main ingredient in many typical gastronomic delicacies of Portugal. Portuguese claim to have more than 365 recipes of cod!

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, light sweater, water bottle, sunglasses

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What People are Saying

  • "This program well planned and the staff are so nice and helpful. This program is small and you really get a chance to meet new people."

    Greta L.,
  • "It's a very well-organized program in a very vibrant and lively city where you can learn lots of things inside and outside the classroom."

    Romina V., Macalester College