Lisbon, Portugal

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 12, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 26 – May 9, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • 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 a rich base to launch your study of the Portuguese language and culture. Spend the semester immersed in Portuguese culture at CIEE Lisbon while taking courses in English or Portuguese at CIEE and CIEE’s partner schools, FCSH-UNL (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e de Empresas-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa). All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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

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  • statues of Boris the Great

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  • students

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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 and help students make connections and find their way around.   

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

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    The majority of students stay in a homestay for the opportunity to live with local Portuguese. Hosts speak English. Students have private bedrooms, most meals, weekly cleaning, laundry, and use of the kitchen and common areas for relaxing in a pleasant home environment. Walk or take public transportation to campus (max 30-minute commute.)

    Alternate Housing
    Some availability in a dorm-like facility within a 30-minute commute to campus.  There are single rooms, shared communal bathrooms and coin laundry. Students provide their own meals.

     

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Breakfast plus seven meals a week provided. Dietary needs may be accommodated.

    Alternate Housing: Meals not included; communal kitchens available.

    All students have access to the subsidized cafeteria on campus. All housing provides internet access; utilities provided.

     

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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

Students of all Portuguese language levels can dramatically increase their knowledge of Portuguese language and culture while taking business, social sciences, and humanities courses at CIEE partner schools, FCSH - UNL and ISCTE-IUL. Students begin the Language and Culture Program with a two-week intensive Portuguese class and then continue their studies throughout the semester. Language placement is determined by an online language placement exam prior to arrival.

FCSH-UNL (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH - UNL) was founded in 1977 and is now one of the highest ranking 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 considered as one of the best Portuguese business schools and a reference both nationally and internationally in several programs. It is located in the city business center of Lisbon. Through the Spring 2020 semester, CIEE students can take ISCTE Business courses. Starting with Fall 2020, students may take English taught courses in all departments of ISCTE-IUL.

CIEE Lisbon is located at FCSH - UNL. Courses are taught by faculty from FCSH -UNL and ISCTE-IUL.

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, midterm 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

    FCSH-UNL and ISCTE-IUL courses are academically rigorous and students should expect challenging work. Students must take exams as scheduled and turn-in all work on time. Both FCSH-UNL and ISCTE-IUL value 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-UNL and ISCTE-IUL fall classes begin in September and end in December, and spring classes begin in February and end in May. ISCTE-IUL exam dates go into January for fall and into June for spring. Special accommodations can be arranged for students doing ISCTE-IUL courses.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • FCSH-UNL courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted.
  • ISCTE-IUL courses: mostly 3 U.S. semester/4.5  quarter credits; 45  contact hours, unless otherwise noted.

Language of Instruction
Portuguese and English

Requirements
Students enroll in five classes per semester:

  • One two-week intensive Portuguese language course
  • One semester Portuguese language course
  • Three to four elective courses, choosing from:
    • CIEE content courses
    • FCSH-UNL courses taught in Portuguese
    • Up to two ISCTE-IUL courses taught in English (only Business Courses are available in Spring 2020)

Course Notes

  • FCSH-UNL courses are typically taught in Portuguese
    • Permission to enroll in FCSH-UNL courses is based on academic background and the results of the language placement exam. The final decision rests with the CIEE Center Director and the University.
  • ISCTE-IUL business courses are typically taught in English. Other area studies are typically taught in Portuguese with a range of courses being offered in English. CIEE students may enroll in two English taught business courses. Starting Fall 2020, students can take ISCTE all area studies courses taught in English
    • ISCTE courses end later than other classes and exams are held in the month following the end of classes. The exam schedule is not available until after arrival. Center staff will determine if students can take a proctored exam. Home school approval is required.

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.

Courses

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Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Host Institution Courses

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FSCH-UNL COURSES

CIEE students have the option to take up to four courses from any of the 14 social science departments at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNL). FCSH-UNL courses are typically taught in Portuguese for 3 semester credits each.

The courses listed below are representative of courses historically available at FCSH-UNL 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-IUL COURSES

Students have the option to take up to two courses taught in English at ISCTE-IUL, 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-IUL courses recommended for study abroad students.  Note that through the Spring 2020 semester, the only ISCTE department open to CIEE students is the Business School.

Business School
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

School of Social Sciences
Crisis and Catastrophe - Anthropological Readings 
Colonization and Decolonization: XIX-XX Centuries 
Crisis and Catastrophe - Anthropological Readings 
Minorities of Southeast Asia 
Understanding Culture: Readings in Art and Fairytales 
Europe and the World in the Nineteenth Century 
History of Portuguese Expansion 
Israel/Palestine: History, Anthropology, Politics 
Portuguese History and Culture 
Psychopathology

School of Sociology and Public Policy
Public Policies of Culture 
Social Movements in the Digital Era 
Sociology of Law 
Using Graphic Methods in the Social Sciences 
World Economy XIX and XXth Centuries

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 & Fees

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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.

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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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 2020 15 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 26, 2020 May 9, 2020
$17,950
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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 = $14,553 **

Housing = $2,930 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

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 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $150

Personal expenses = $2,000

Total Estimated Costs = $4,450

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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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

for students in alternative housing; homestay students should budget $1,150 per semester for meals not included in fees

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall 2020 15 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Aug 30, 2020 Dec 12, 2020
$17,950
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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 = $14,553 **

Housing = $2,930 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

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.

See Scholarships

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

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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