With its eclectic mix of castles, ultra-contemporary buildings, and colorful ceramic walls, Lisbon is the perfect choice for adventure this winter. You’ll never be bored in this cool and charming capital while taking rigorous courses on Portuguese culture and history and enjoying a range of activities and excursions. By the time you complete our January Language and Culture program, you’ll have a rich appreciation of Portugal and its people.
Study abroad in Portugal and you will:
- Live in Lisbon, a cultural and economic center of the Iberian Peninsula
- Participate in cultural activities and excursions, including visits to museums and concerts
- Go on a day trip to explore Sintra, Mafra, or Óbidos
- Spend a weekend in Porto, Madeira, or Azores
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You’ll have a chance to explore all that the culturally rich city of Lisbon has to offer, including a vibrant theater life, historic opera house, museums, concert venues, galleries, and a dynamic cinemathèque. You might also head to Porto, the second-largest city in the country, where you’ll participate in activities tourists rarely get to do: attend a concert at Casa da Musica, tour the gardens of Serralves, and sightsee as you cross one of the many bridges that link the city to its southern neighbor, Gaia. If Porto is not your destination, you might explore the city of Funchal on Madeira Island in the Atlantic Ocean. If this is not the case, it means you will be heading to the Island of São Miguel, also in the Atlantic, to take in the natural beauty of its protected forests.
Want to make a difference in the local community? Our staff will connect you with organizations throughout Lisbon that are looking for volunteers.
CIEE offers one English-language course analyzing popular Music and the 20th-century Portuguese identity in your host city of Lisbon.
If you have a special interest and some knowledge of the Portuguese language,
you’ll have the opportunity to take part in several hours of conversation in group
activities. You’ll improve your language skills and become prepared to explore the city on your own using the local language.
Drastically improve your language skills and immerse yourself in Portuguese
culture by living with a local family. Not only will you experience authentic
customs and family life, you’ll form relationships that endure long after the end
of your study abroad program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
Students take one content course.
About the City
About The City
Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, at the point where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic. Built on seven hills, Lisbon is navigated by funicular trains, an elevator, trams, buses, and the metro. The city presents interesting contrasts, from tiny one-of-a-kind shops with fading facades to mega malls; from narrow, steep, cobbled-stoned streets to wide-open vistas. Lisbon’s fascinating past can be seen in the faces of its multicultural citizens, food, architecture, and welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Luísa Castro Caldas, who has been working for CIEE for over 5 years, holds a B.A. in History and Art History and an M.A. in Art History and Preservation from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In addition, Luisa has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management, at the Universidade Católica de Lisboa. She has been involved in youth peace education for more than two decades in an international NGO, which makes working with CIEE a familiar and pleasant challenge.
Sara completed her BA in Business and Corporate Communication in Lisbon, having spent a year in Madrid as an Erasmus student. She has lived and worked in Budapest, Stockholm and Brazil. She has volunteered in Bosnia and worked in an education journal in Lisbon. She has been a volunteer at CISV for seven years, having lead camps in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Indonesia. She has had several managing roles with CISV, especially in the Leadership Training Committee. Currently she is a member of its National Board.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Lisbon is housed at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), which is a public institution of higher learning founded in 1977 with the goal of contributing to the renewal of higher education in Portugal. It has five faculties, including the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), where the study abroad program is primarily based. FCSH is a multidisciplinary unit that promotes diversity of knowledge, creativity, and freedom of thought. Facilities at FCSH include the central library, computer facilities, and bookstore, and a student association, drama group, and group devoted to traditional Portuguese music.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Homestay housing, located a short commute from FCSH where CIEE courses are held, is included in the program fee. Students have their own bedrooms and are given full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities. All homestays are Internet accessible. Students are provided with all breakfasts and dinner, which are also included in the program fee. Students can prepare the rest of their meals at their homestay, or eat in the cafeteria at UNL.
A three-day orientation session conducted in Lisbon at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Lisbon. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access in the homestays is guaranteed. Most areas in the University have wireless Internet, and computer rooms are also available for your use.
The January Language and Culture program focuses on Portuguese culture, history, and music. Special emphasis is placed on Lisbon within a broad global context. Courses include experiential activities and field visits.
Courses meet daily, Monday through Friday, for three hours. The academic calendar includes dates for mandatory trips scheduled out of Lisbon. This hands-on learning experience contributes greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that students can feel part of the culture they are studying.
While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute greatly to the student’s overall European experience, attendance is mandatory for all classes and required events. Early departure for, and/or late return from, personal trips on weekends is not permitted. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the program.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Portuguese, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Portuguese society.
Students are normally graded on the basis of class participation, papers, small quizzes, individual projects, presentations, and a final examination. With attendance mandatory, unexcused absences are reflected in a participant’s final grade. Class participation is essential.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by faculty or postdoctoral fellows of the FCSH and UNL.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
MUSI 3004 LISU
>strong>Popular Music in Portugal
This course offers an introduction to the rich variety of popular music cultures in Portugal, from rural traditions to fado, from romantic songs to pop rock. We will learn about the social and historical contexts from which different musical genres emerged, paying attention to the ways in which performance practices reflect and produce these contexts. Part of the classes will be devoted to listening to music and observing excerpts from films and documentaries as well as other media and part to discussing the students’ own experience in Portugal. We will also incorporate visits to, for example, the Fado Museum, Museu de Arte Popular, concerts and professional recording studios.