Lisbon, Portugal

Summer in Lisbon

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Information for term Summer in Lisbon

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 18 – Jun 15, 2021 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 13, 2021 (4 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 18 – Jul 13, 2021 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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The western tip of Europe is steeped in ancient history, creating a rich base to launch a great summer. Come explore Portuguese culture and history while learning to speak Portuguese. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Lisbon and are complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    Immerse yourself in Lisbon’s vibrant culture and local traditions.


    and learn on the go at museums, monuments, festivals, and more.


    with excursions to noted towns rooted in medieval and coastal history.

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  • statues of Boris the Great

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Location & Culture

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The Culture


  • Take advantage of Lisbon’s vibrant theater and historic opera house, plus concert venues, galleries, a dynamic cinemathèque, and summer festivals.
  • Experience authentic Portuguese family life with a homestay.
  • See more of the country with excursions to Sintra, Mafra, or Óbidos. 

Daily Life

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    Homestay: Students can pair up or live alone with English-speaking Portuguese families – a great way to absorb maximum language and culture, and create lasting friendships. 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:
    Limited availability in a dorm-like facility within a 30-minute commute to campus. Single rooms, shared communal bathrooms, coin laundry, and students provide their own meals.


    Homestay: Breakfast and dinner (seven days 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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    Getting Around

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


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In Session I, students learn and reflect on the world’s migration and mobility issues while in a historical European capital. In session II, students explore the international financial environment with visits to economic and political institutions. In both sessions, students can enroll in an optional Communicative Portuguese Language course (1 credit). In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Lisbon is located at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH). Courses are taught by faculty or postdoctoral fellows at UNL or ISCTE.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

  • Students choose one content course per session
  • Optional: Communicative Portuguese course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 15-45 contact hours

Academic Culture

Attendance is mandatory for all classes and required events. Courses meet Monday through Friday, for three hours. The academic calendar includes dates for mandatory trips scheduled out of Lisbon.

Class Format

Courses are open to CIEE students only. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that students can connect with culture they are studying. Class participation is essential, and students may be asked to make individual presentations.


Students are graded on class participation, papers, quizzes, and a final exam. Unexcused absences are reflected in final grades.

Language of Instruction



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Course Information

Course Notes
Students studying with CIEE for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Portuguese once.

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.


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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
  • MSI 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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2021 4 weeks Apr 1, 2021 May 18, 2021* Jun 15, 2021*
Summer Session I and II 2021 8 weeks Apr 1, 2021 May 18, 2021* Jul 13, 2021*
Summer Session II 2021 4 weeks Apr 1, 2021 Jun 15, 2021* Jul 13, 2021*

*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, 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.

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What's Included

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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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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