Lisbon, Portugal

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 14, 2019 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 27 – May 18, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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The western tip of Europe is steeped in ancient history, creating an incredibly rich base to launch your exploration of Portuguese culture and history. In panoramic Lisbon, you’ll find six levels of Portuguese language instruction and a wealth of other academic options provide intellectual challenge, while excursions to regional highlights and downtime with peers keep you learning off campus, too.   

 

Unique Experiences

  • Take classes in English

    and/or Portuguese with students from all over the world.

  • LIVE WITH A PORTUGUESE FAMILY OR IN A DORM

    for full immersion - and soak up the language and culture as you experience student life in the capital city.

  • Travel north up to the coast

    to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, known for a historic center dating back to Roman times and a rich wine trade.

  • high speed trains

    5
  • statues of Boris the Great

    25
  • students

    157K

Location & Culture

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Older than London, Paris, and Rome, the hilly seaport of Lisbon has always been a major European political, economic, and cultural center. The capitol city is full of intriguing contrasts, witness tiny shops with fading facades versus mega malls, and narrow, cobble-stoned streets versus wide-open vistas. With a generous attitude towards foreigners, a holiday vibe, and a mild climate, it’s a welcoming place with plenty to explore.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Visit stunning medieval walled towns, Óbidos and Sintra.
  • See the city of Porto like tourists rarely do, by attending a concert at Casa da Musica, touring the gardens of Serralves, visiting neighboring Gaia, linked by many bridges.
  • Explore a Romanesque cathedral and gilded Baroque altarpieces during a tour of Évora, a historical center surrounded by 16th-century walls.
  • Get into campus life by joining a student association, drama group, or sports team.
  • Take advantage of Lisbon’s vibrant theatre and historic opera house, plus concert venues, galleries, and a dynamic cinemathèque.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Students who want to share their time and gain practical skills can connect with a range of organizations throughout Lisbon that need support.  

Peer support. Lisbon Buddies – students from FCSH – introduce CIEE students to routine life here, and helping you make connections and find your way around.  

Research. Students may be able to participate in projects at FCSH’s many research units.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay
    Students can pair up or live singly with Portuguese families – a great way to absorb maximum language and culture, and create lasting friendships. Each student has a private bedroom and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

    Residence Hall
    If space is available, students can live in the heart of Lisbon, in a university dorm with students from all over the world. The modern dorm has single rooms with shared bathrooms, plus laundry facilities, and common spaces for studying and gathering.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Hosts provided breakfast plus seven meals a week. Students can purchase the rest of their meals at on or nearby campus. Residence hall: Meals are not included. Students can prepare meals at the dorm or eat in the subsidized university cafeteria.

Lisbon, Portugal

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Lisbon

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    UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA (UNL)

    Lisbon

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation – funicular trains, trams, buses, and the metro.

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What you need to know

The program details

An intensive language program sets students of all language levels up for success, whether they take courses in English, Portuguese, or both. Students pursue their studies in an academically challenging environment at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, supplemented with cultural activities, excursions, and more. Students can take business classes at Instituto Superior de Ciências to Trabalho e Empresas (ISCTE) Business School. ISCTE Business School is AMBA- and AACSB-accredited.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). Founded in 1977, this public institution has five faculties, including the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), where our study-abroad program is based. 

ISCTE -University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is a national university founded in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1972. ISCTE Business School is the largest school of ISCTE-IUL with over 3,500 students, specializing in business and management.

Courses are taught by faculty from FCSH, UNL and ISCTE.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE Portuguese language courses are offered to CIEE students only. CIEE elective courses are open to CIEE students, as well as to other international and Portuguese students. Portuguese and English language content courses are kept small; direct enrollment courses are medium-sized.

  • GRADING

    In university courses, students are evaluated based on weekly homework, participation, group projects, presentations, quizzes, mid-term and final exams, and/or papers. Professors assign letter grades of A-F with pluses and minuses in English-taught courses. The Portuguese grading scale ranges from one to 20; 10 is passing.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    UNL and ISCTE courses are academically rigorous and students should expect challenging work. Students must take exams as scheduled, and turn in all work on time. UNL values active intellectual inquiry and exploration, particularly through interdisciplinary study and creative thought. Students are encouraged to think critically, work independently, contribute to discussions, and participate in university life. The academic calendar is close to the North American calendar. Both CIEE and FCSH fall classes begin in September and end in December, and spring classes begin in February and end in May.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours of CIEE, FCSH and ISCTE courses: 45; credit - 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted.

Students enroll in five classes per semester:

  • 2-week intensive Portuguese language course in Lisbon prior to semester’s start (3 semester credits)
  • 1 semester-long Portuguese language course (3 semester credits)
  • 3-4 elective courses. Students can choose from CIEE courses taught in English and/or University of Lisbon courses taught in Portuguese or English.

Students have the option to take up to two courses taught in English at ISCTE Business School. Students with advanced Portuguese language skills can choose courses in the humanities and social sciences taught in Portuguese at FCSH, UNL’s School of Social Sciences.

All courses at FCSH are taught in Portuguese and are typically 3 semester credits each, whereas at ISCTE Business School, most courses are taught in English for 3 semester credits each.

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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Required CIEE Portuguese Language Courses

All students are required to take a 2-week intensive Portuguese course upon arrival, followed by a semester-long Portuguese course. Proficiency level and class placement will be determined on-site.

Intensive 2-week Session Language Courses (select one): 

Regular Semester Language Courses

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA COURSES

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA COURSES[LVV1] [SP2] 

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH)
CIEE students have the option to take up to 4 courses from any of the 14 Social Sciences departments at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH). FCSH courses are typically taught in Portuguese for 3 semester credits each.

The courses listed below are representative of courses historically available at UNL (FCSH)  but CIEE cannot guarantee specific courses are offered each semester. Visit the website for information on departments and classes available . Course registration occurs on-site.

 Anthropology
Anthropology and Colonialism
Anthropology of the Family and Relatives
Anthropology and Human Rights
Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology of Space
Contemporary Portuguese Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
Ethnicity and Nationalism
History of Anthropology
Political Anthropology
Urban Anthropology

Archaeology
Industrial Archaeology
Medieval Muslim Archaeology
Modern Archaeology
Roman Imperial Archaeology

Art History
Culture and Contemporary Art
History of Colonial Art
History of Gothic Art
History of Non-Western Art
Introduction to Museology

Communications
Communications and Social Science
History of Media
Sociology of Communications
Theory of News

Geography
Climatology
Geography of Rural Space
Geomorphology
Human Geography
Physical Geography of Portugal
Urban Geography

History
Contemporary History
History of Contemporary Portugal
History of Medieval Portugal
History of Modern Portugal
History of Portuguese Expansion

International Relations/Political Science
Contemporary International Politics
History of the Idea of Europe
History of Political Ideas
History of Portuguese International Relations
History and Theory of State in Portugal
Political Systems
Portuguese Political Thought
Security Studies, International Institutions

Language, Literature, and Culture
Brazilian Literature
English
French
German
Portuguese Culture
Portuguese Language and Culture
Portuguese Linguistics
Spanish

Music History/Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology
History of Music in Portugal
Music and Information
Musical Cultures of the World
Philosophy and Music

Philosophy
Philosophy and Culture in Portugal

Sociology
Class and Social Structure
Contemporary Social Themes

Translation
History of Translation
Introduction to Terminology in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Linguistic Diversity in the Iberian Peninsula

ISCTE COURSES

Students have the option to take up to two courses taught in English at ISCTE Business School, which are typically 3 semester credits each. Visit the website, and click on the appropriate semester. CIEE cannot guarantee that all classes will be offered every semester. Course registration occurs on-site.

Below you will find a sample course list of ISCTE-recommended courses for study abroad students:

Marketing Management

Fundamentals Finance

Taxation for Non-Residents

Business Law

Human Resources Management

International Human Resources Management

Management in International Organizations

Comparative International Management

Marketing Services

Applied Corporate Finance

Health Economics

Game Theory and Economic Applications

 

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE COURSES

All students are required to take a 2-week intensive Portuguese course following arrival, followed by a semester-long Portuguese course. Proficiency level and class placement will be determined on-site.

Intensive Session Language Courses

Regular Semester Language Courses

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA COURSES

The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) offers a wide range of courses in many fields. CIEE students have the option to take courses in Portuguese at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), and to take up to two courses in English at the Nova School of Business and Economics (NovaSBE). FCSH courses are typically taught in Portuguese for 3 semester credits whereas NovaSBE courses are usually taught in English for 4 semester credits.

Following are examples of courses offered at the UNL (FCSH and NovaSBE). The courses listed are representative of courses available each year, but CIEE cannot guarantee specific courses are offered each semester. Go to the webpages of the FCSH at www.fcsh.unl.pt and the NovaSBE at www.novasbe.pt for additional course information.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH)
The following courses are generally offered every year, but not every semester. Please visit www.fcsh.unl.pt for more information.

Anthropology
Anthropology and Colonialism
Anthropology of the Family and Relatives
Anthropology and Human Rights
Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology of Space
Contemporary Portuguese Anthropology
Economic Anthropology
Ethnicity and Nationalism
History of Anthropology
Political Anthropology
Urban Anthropology

Archaeology
Industrial Archaeology
Medieval Muslim Archaeology
Modern Archaeology
Roman Imperial Archaeology

Art History
Culture and Contemporary Art
History of Colonial Art
History of Gothic Art
History of Non-Western Art
Introduction to Museology

Communications
Communications and Social Science
History of Media
Sociology of Communications
Theory of News

Geography
Climatology
Geography of Rural Space
Geomorphology
Human Geography
Physical Geography of Portugal
Urban Geography

History
Contemporary History
History of Contemporary Portugal
History of Medieval Portugal
History of Modern Portugal
History of Portuguese Expansion

International Relations/Political Science
Contemporary International Politics
History of the Idea of Europe
History of Political Ideas
History of Portuguese International Relations
History and Theory of State in Portugal
Political Systems
Portuguese Political Thought
Security Studies, International Institutions

Language, Literature, and Culture
Brazilian Literature
English
French
German
Portuguese Culture
Portuguese Language and Culture
Portuguese Linguistics
Spanish

Music History/Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology
History of Music in Portugal
Music and Information
Musical Cultures of the World
Philosophy and Music

Philosophy
Philosophy and Culture in Portugal

Sociology
Class and Social Structure
Contemporary Social Themes

Translation
History of Translation
Introduction to Terminology in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Linguistic Diversity in the Iberian Peninsula

Nova School of Business and Economics (NovaSBE)
Please visit www.novasbe.pt for more information.

Advanced Microeconomics 
Business History 
Calculus I 
Calculus II 
Communication, Leadership and Ethics 
Critical Thinking 
Curricular Internship 
Data Analysis and Probability 
Development Economics 
Econometrics 
Economic History 
Entrepreneurship 
European Economy Seminar
European Law 
Finance 
Financial Accounting 
Global Business Environment
Global Economics I 
Global Economics II 
Industrial Organization 
Information Systems 
International Management 
International Management Context
Introduction to Modern and Contemporary History 
Law in Economics and Business 
Linear Algebra 
Macroeconomic Policies
Macroeconomics 
Management Accounting
Management Seminar 
Managing Impactful Projects
Marketing 
Microeconomics 
Modeling and Optimization
Operations Management 
Organizational Behavior 
Principles of Macroeconomics 
Principles of Management 
Principles of Microeconomics 
Public Economics 
Seminar in European Economics 
Statistics for Economics and Management
Strategy

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to Portuguese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 16 weeks Jan 27, 2019 May 18, 2019
$17,450
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,053 **

Housing = $2,930 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,100

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $98

Personal expenses = $2,500

Total Estimated Costs = $4,948

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the dorm

Fall 2019 15 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Sep 1, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
Spring 2020 15 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Academic year 2019-2020 15 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Sep 1, 2019* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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