Lisbon city rooftops view from balcony
Lisbon, Portugal

January in Lisbon

New for January 2025!

Study Program



3 weeks


3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


Application Deadline

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Known for its hospitality, the western tip of Europe is the perfect place to launch your study abroad journey! If you are looking for a city full of authenticity where ancient history and old customs intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation, Lisbon is the right place to go. The temperate weather, great cuisine, and welcoming atmosphere make it the perfect icing on the cake.

At CIEE Lisbon, students from all areas of study will learn about the cultural and political trends of the last century in Portugal through classes in English and field trips to Lisbon’s different neighborhoods, museums, and organizations. Courses are complemented with co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

In your leisure time, you’ll have every opportunity to make the most of your adventure in this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy Lisbon’s ocean vibe, stunning architecture, delicious typical restaurants, and narrow streets full of stories to tell.  

Unique Experiences



from historical neighborhoods to trendy restaurants and innovative tech hubs, Lisbon has something for everyone


like Portugal’s expansive beaches, sunny hills, and beautiful landscapes


by walking around Lisbon, as the city is like an outdoor museum


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native speakers of Portuguese worldwide


of all energy in Portugal comes from renewable sources

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Your Destination

Located at the very tip of Europe, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. With one of the most eclectic collections of museums and picturesque postcard views from the city’s seven hills, it will most certainly captivate your eye! Despite being known for its history and blend of Roman and Moorish architecture, Lisbon has also developed to become a modern and vibrant city, home to innumerous startups, Michelin Star restaurants, and a trendy design and street art scene.  

CIEE Lisbon is conveniently located inside the host university, allowing students to easily reach out to center staff.  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Lisbon. 

The Culture

lisbon street

Excursions & Activities

  • Enjoy Lisbon’s street views, monuments, cafés, restaurants, and design stores  
  • Explore the less known secrets of Lisbon, like the flea market “Feira da Ladra” or the international neighborhood of Martim Moniz
  • Get acquainted with the best trails of Street Art in Lisbon and learn to understand the social impact of this art form  
  • Go watch a soccer game and enjoy the passion of Portuguese soccer fans
  • Learn about real political decision making with a visit to the National Parliament of Portugal
  • Explore the enchanted Sintra, a romantic town in a mountainous area in the North of Lisbon  
  • Tour around Óbidos, a medieval town that was named a UNESCO City of Literature 

Program Blogs


The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad in Lisbon

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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Why Study Abroad in Portugal: 4 Key Reasons

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

We could list a hundred reasons why a Portugal study abroad program may be the best choice for you, but we’ll try to convince you in just four. F our... keep reading


Study Abroad in Portugal: FAQs

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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Students spend three weeks in January taking coursework complemented with co-curricular activities to immerse them in the culture and facilitate intercultural learning. Classes take place at CIEE Lisbon. 



Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one required course. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE courses are taught at CIEE Lisbon and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. 

Class Format

Courses are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday through Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. 


Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Joana Almeida

Center Director

Joana has been working with CIEE Lisbon since 2011. She holds a B.A. in Art History, an M.A. in Social Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Historical Sociology.

Sara Cunha

Operations Manager

Sara has been working for CIEE Lisbon since 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She has studied and lived abroad in Spain, Hungary, Sweden and Brazil.

Francisco Henriques

Academic Manager

Francisco holds a PhD in History at University of Lisbon. He previously worked as a teacher and researcher in Economics and Social History. He is passionate about the sea, history and literature.

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