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.


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 

Where Students Study

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

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)
Founded in 1977, UNL has five faculties, including the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) and NOVA SBE, the School of Business and Economics. NOVA SBE is fully accredited by the leading international accreditation bodies, AACSB and EQUIS.

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
    Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

    Social Norms
    The Portuguese are conservative in both dress and manners – avoid ostentatious or flashy garb and behavior

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, sunglasses

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