Take the plunge and immerse yourself in Portuguese language and culture. Through intensive language learning, and a variety of courses taught in both English and Portuguese, you’ll enhance your understanding of contemporary Portuguese society and culture.
And with home direct enrolment options at the local university, homestays, and a number of cultural excursions in and an around the multi-cultural capital of Libson, studying abroad in Portugal offers you a uniquely immersive international experience.
Study abroad in Portugal and you will:
Take courses in English at a Portuguese university; choose from a wide range of direct enrollment courses if your Portuguese language skills are up to it
Become familiar with Portuguese history, culture, and current affairs through city-based cultural and social activities and weekend excursions
Live in a city with a rich multi-cultural history that is also a privileged gateway to other European and North African countries
The CIEE Difference
After enrolling in an intensive language program prior to the start of the semester, you’ll continue your language study throughout semester. CIEE offers six levels of study from beginning through advanced meaning you’ll find a section that suits your needs and abilities.
You’ll also choose from a wide selection of courses ranging in topics from media, music and literature, to history, politics and globalization. Students with advanced language skills may also choose from a large offering of courses in the humanities and social sciences taught in Portuguese at Universidade Nova de Lisboa Courses.
Lisbon is a culturally rich city with a vibrant theater life, a historic opera house, museums, concert venues, galleries, a dynamic cinemathèque, and more. Enjoy frequent visits to sites of historic and cultural importance including the medieval walled-town of Óbidos and Sintra.
In addition, there are two weekend trips each semester to locations of cultural and/or ecological interest. Past excursions have included: Évora where Portuguese culture’s old Roman, Muslim, and Mozarabic legacy can be fully appreciated; Porto, the second city in the country; and Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.
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, but form relationships that endure long after the end of your study abroad program.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic year is 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours.
Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 hours with recommended credit 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
Credits and contact hours for FCSH courses vary.
Study abroad students must enroll in an intensive Portuguese language course, a semester language course, and three or four CIEE content courses taught in English and/or direct enrollment courses taught in Portuguese.
Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, located at the point where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic. The center of Lisbon is built on various hills, 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, cobble-stoned streets to wide-open vistas. Lisbon’s fascinating past can be glimpsed in the faces of its multicultural citizens, its food, its architecture, and its welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
Where You’ll Study
The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) 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, a student association, a drama group, a group devoted to traditional Portuguese music, and a bookstore.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students are housed primarily in homestays located a short commute from FCSH where CIEE courses are held. There is also a very limited number of rooms
available at the University’s dorm. Please note that while CIEE strives to meet students’ preferences in housing, these cannot always be guaranteed.
Homestays are located a short walk or commute from the University. Students have their own bedrooms and are given full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities. The dormitory is a modern facility housing students in single rooms with shared bathrooms. There are equipped kitchens for common use, laundry facilities, study rooms, a common room, and a computer room.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can cook in their homestays or at the residence, or eat in the various subsidized cafeterias at UNL.
All study abroad students enroll in an intensive language program prior to the start of the semester. Students continue their language study during the semester and choose three to four additional courses from a CIEE core curriculum taught in English and shared with other international and Portuguese students. Students with advanced Portuguese language skills may also choose from a large offering of courses in the humanities and social sciences taught in Portuguese. Undergraduate programs at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) are academically rigorous and students should expect challenging coursework. The CIEE program is based at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH).
The academic culture at UNL is one of active intellectual inquiry and exploration that especially values interdisciplinary study and creativity of thought. Students are encouraged to think critically and work independently and to contribute to class discussions and participate fully in University life. Those who are interested may be able to participate in projects developed at the many FCSH research units.
All classes are taught by professors at UNL. Professors encourage participation and active student engagement in the course material. Both the Portuguese language and English language content courses are small in size, while direct enrollment courses are medium in size.
The academic calendar has recently changed and is now closer to the North American calendar. Fall classes begin in September and end in December. Spring classes begin in February and end in May.
NATURE OF CLASSES
CIEE Portuguese language courses and area studies courses are with CIEE, other international, and Portuguese students. Regular university courses (an option if you have sufficient Portuguese skills) are with Portuguese and other international students.
Generally, students at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa are evaluated on weekly homework, participation, group projects, student presentations, quizzes, mid-term exams, and final exams or papers. Students must take exams at the regular exam time and turn in all work on time. Letter grades of A-F are given with pluses and minuses in English-taught courses. The Portuguese grading scale ranges from one to 20, with 10 being a passing grade.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
Courses are taught by the faculty of the FCSH and UNL.