11 opportunities for study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal

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One of the best, and cheapest ways for a young person to spend a significant amount of time in a foreign country is by participating in a study abroad program; therefore I am sharing information on eleven colleges that have study abroad programs in Lisbon, Portugal.

These programs place students at either Universidade Nova de Lisboa Universidade NOVA de Lisboa | (unl.pt) or the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa. Main page – Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon (iscte-iul.pt)

Why study in Lisbon?

Lisbon is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, but it has a young vibe – with fun nightlife and young entrepreneurs from all over the world setting up shop here.

It has art, architecture, history, great beaches, and great food.

It is also a very affordable city, especially by European or American standards.

While Lisbon is a large city, it is also a very safe city. There is very little crime.

Some of the classes will be taught in Portuguese – if your intent is to learn or master Portuguese.

Other classes, such as many of the business courses, are taught in English.

If you don’t know any Portuguese, you will be placed appropriately.

Out on the street, you will find plenty of people who speak English.

If you have been studying Brazilian Portuguese, as I did, you will find that Lisboetas can understand you just fine.

There is a large Brazilian population in Lisbon, and Brazil produces a lot of music and television that makes it to Portugal.

With practice, you will be able to understand the European Portuguese accent.

University of Louisville 

Louisville has study abroad programs in Lisbon through two study abroad organizations – CIEE and API.

Louisville / CIEE Study abroad in Lisbon

First, CIEE has a Language and Culture Semester in Lisbon. Language + Culture | Lisbon | Portugal | College Study Abroad | CIEE

CIEE also has a summer program in Lisbon. Summer in Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal | College Study Abroad | CIEE

Louisville / API Study abroad in Lisbon

API offers an internship in Lisbon during the summer, fall, or spring semesters, which cost between $5000 and $8765.

API has a summer Portuguese intensive language study in Lisbon at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL).

The cost for this program is $4190.

API offers a semester of business, humanities, and social sciences program in Lisbon at the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE).

Students can choose to participate in either a fall, spring, or yearlong program. Prices range from $14,350 – $27,700.

There is also a summer business studies program in Lisbon at ISCTE. Prices range from $4780 – $8490

Finally, API has a January term in Lisbon at ISCTE.

Find Your Program – Study and Intern Abroad | API Abroad

Louisville – Brandeis School of Law

Brandeis Law School students can spend a semester or a year studying at the University of Lisbon School of Law. Faculdade de Direito | Universidade de Lisboa | Página oficial da maior das faculdades de direito de Portugal. (ulisboa.pt)

Students pay their tuition to the University of Louisville. No tuition is paid at the University of Lisbon.

The students are responsible for their own travel expenses, including health insurance, and their living expenses in Lisbon.

Although the law school’s regular classes are taught in Portuguese, the school also offers courses that are taught in English.

It is possible to apply credits earned in Lisbon toward a University of Louisville JD degree.

Lisbon, Portugal — Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (louisville.edu)

Northeastern University CIEE in Lisbon

Programs > Global Experience Office (northeastern.edu)

Contact Kristina Schinder at k.schinder@northeastern.edu

Students enrolled in the program will study at one of two schools:

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e HumanasUniversidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH – UNL). Founded in 1977, it is now one of the highest-rated social sciences and humanities schools in Portugal.

It is dedicated to education, scientific research, and cultural creation.

Courses are taught in Portuguese.

Español: Colaborador de la Universidade Nova de Lisboa, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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 – (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972, committed to teaching, research, and community service activities with scientific and pedagogical expertise.

Students become familiar with Portuguese history, culture, and current affairs through coursework and cultural and social activities as well as weekend excursions.

You can choose to take courses in Portuguese or in English.

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have completed two semesters at Northeastern prior to starting the program.

Most students live in homestays located a short distance from the campus.

With In-home stays, you have your own bedroom and full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities.

The cost of the homestay includes breakfast seven days per week.

A very few rooms are available on campus at UNL.

The dorm is a modern facility in which you would live in a single room with a shared bathroom.

No meals are included in this option.

Manuelvbotelho, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Students will visit the medieval walled towns of Óbidos and Sintra.

You will go to Porto and do a scenic walking tour of the Gardens of Serralves.

You will also visit the historic town of Évora.

Participate in campus life as a member of a student association or sports team.

Experience Lisbon’s theater, historic opera house, plus concert venues and galleries.

All 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 a placement test on arrival.

Temple University Study Abroad in Lisbon

Temple University offers full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs in Lisbon through CIEE. College Study Abroad | CIEE

See CIEE | Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses (temple.edu) for information about scholarships and how to apply for study abroad.

Iona University Summer Program in Cascais

For those who don’t know, Cascais is a beach resort 15 minutes from Lisbon.

For more information about Cascais, see my article, How to use public transportation to get to Lisbon’s beaches

Students will spend three weeks in Cascais European Innovation Academy, learning what it takes to become a global entrepreneur, and launching a start-up.

An emphasis is placed on professional growth and having a genuine start-up experience.

Application and final payment are due in March.

The estimated cost is $5000 which includes tuition of $1550, accommodations $1600, meals and transportation $600, an application fee of $50, and a flight cost of $1200 (which may vary).

Students are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good standing academically and behaviorally.

Cascais Image by bernswaelz from Pixabay

Engage with speakers and mentors from top companies such as Google, Airbnb, Facebook, Adobe, and Microsoft.

The course provides three credits and fulfills the ENT 200 or ENT 302 requirements.

Working with other students from around the world, your team will create a start-up.

— Week one will focus on ideation and team formation.

— The second week of the program is developed with partners from Google, and the goal is to design and launch a product and create a go-to-market strategy.

— The third week is for acquiring the first 1000 users and pitching to a panel of Silicon Valley venture capital investors.

The panel is led by partners from Stanford University.

For more information, contact studyabroad@iona.edu

Cascais, Portugal | Iona College

Loras College

Loras is a Catholic, liberal arts school in Dubuque, Iowa.

Loras College students will participate in the Study in Portugal Network (SIPN) program for North American students.

The program is academically rigorous yet flexible and designed to meet the needs of undergraduates from a variety of majors.

Study Abroad: Portugal | Loras College Academics

University of Maryland Study Abroad in Lisbon


The University of Maryland offers a CIEE language and culture program in Lisbon.

This program is either fall, spring, or year-long.

In the CIEE program Language + Culture | Lisbon | Portugal | College Study Abroad | CIEE students may take business classes offered in English at Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e de Empresas Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL).

Students may only take two classes at ISCTE-IUL, but other classes are available at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Tuition, housing, advising, a two-day orientation, field trips, overnight excursions, insurance, and 24 seven emergency on-site support are included.

CIEE offers a variety of financial aid packages such as Gain travel grants, Gilman Go Global Grants, merit-based scholarships, and minority-serving institutions grants.

For more information on scholarships, Study Abroad Scholarships | College Study Abroad | CIEE

Maryland also offers USAC Portugal Lisbon undergraduate courses in the fall, spring, summer, or year-long programs.

In the USAC program, students may study Portuguese language and culture, business, humanities, social sciences, politics, economics, and philosophy. 

University Studies Abroad Consortium (usac.edu)

Manhattan College Study in Lisbon

 Manhattan College offers a 2 1/2 week summer program that provides students credit towards the 200 or 300 level religious studies requirement.

The program is open to all undergraduate students.

Students will study the connections between Portuguese culture and religion.

Participants in the program will travel with a group of Manhattan college students and will be led by an MC faculty member.

Tuition, excursions and cultural visits, round-trip flights from New York City, housing in shared rooms, some meals, and international health insurance are all included in the fee.

Students can inquire with the office of study abroad regarding scholarships that might be available.

All undergraduate students who are in good standing with a 2.75 GPA are eligible for study abroad.

For the summer program, students should have completed their freshman year.

All instruction for this course is in English.

Lisbon, Portugal | Manhattan College

Indiana University Summer in lisbon

Any IU student can participate in the IU Bloomington study abroad program. 

In this IU administered summer program, students study the culture, history, and or of Lisbon.

Students go on excursions around the city and explore Portugal’s global connections to Asia, Africa, and Brazil.

Courses are conducted at the University of Lisbon ISEG, the Lisbon School of Economics and Management

The program director is Estela Vieira, IU Bloomington Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

This program is for 15 to 20 students.

Students will receive three IUB credit hours in each ISPNP290 global Portuguese arts and culture

Students will share or have individual rooms in three or four-bedroom apartments.

You may apply if you are an undergraduate student at any IU campus who is making normal academic progress.

You must be in at least your second fall semester of college.

And you should have approximately a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

In 2020 Indiana residents paid $3447 in fees to participate in the program nonresidents paid $3792.

Each student spent an additional three to $400 on meals, and airfare was in the range of $1100-$1400.

Most IU scholarships, grants, and loans cover program costs.

Overseas study scholarships, minority scholarships, and scholarships for students from other IU campuses are available.

Lisbon-IU: Office of Overseas Study: IU Programs: Programs: Office of Overseas Study: Indiana University

University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske School of Business

The University of Missouri offers an opportunity to learn more about the economies and business practices of Portugal.

Meet with managers and discuss international business strategies during company visits.

Earn three hours of Missouri university course credit.

No prerequisites are required.

Open to all majors. Graduate students must get approval from the graduate programs office. 

Expenses included in program fees include lodging for the trip duration $1800-$2000.

Breakfast every day as well as several group meals $600-$800.

The cost of all program culture and company visits and program-related ground transportation is covered and is between $500-$600.

Program expenses $153.

MUGO blue health insurance for the program duration is $35.

Student planning budget resident tuition three credit hours $964

Non-resident tuition three credit hours $2899

Truelaske business course fee $309

Technology fee $45

Program fee $3250

MU International center study abroad fee is $245 plus the cost of airfare.

The estimated cost for a Missouri resident is $6513. The estimated cost for a non-Missouri resident is $8448.

Billing will occur in December 2021.

These are estimates and actual costs may vary.

Program activities include company visits in Lisbon, touring Marquis de Pombal square, Vasco da Gama tower, Jardim da Estrela, Praça do Comércio, Eduardo VII Park, a visit to world heritage sites in the Belém neighborhood, and a day trip to Sintra. How to plan a day trip or overnight trip to Sintra from Lisbon

Students will also have three days to explore on their own.

Three days is adequate for visiting Porto by train, or seeing some of the coastal resorts such as Ericeira How do you pronounce Ericeira? And is Ericeira worth visiting? or Nazaré. Nazaré, Portugal – Biggest waves in the world, less than two hours from Lisbon

Tentative program dates are from December 27, 2021, until January 6, 2022.

These dates would probably allow you to see some of the world’s largest waves hitting the beach in Nazaré.

All students must attend a Trulaske-abroad info session prior to committing to the program.

Email trulaskeabroad@missouri.edu


Georgetown students will explore the culture and history of Portugal in this four-week summer program.

Students will receive six credits.

Students are enrolled in the course, Lisbon – old city, new metropolis – Portuguese 230. Three credits.

The focus is on Portugal through the history of Lisbon, its culture, architecture, and the migratory patterns of Portuguese-speaking countries.

In addition, students will choose one of the following three-credit courses – Accelerated Portuguese Port 050 (prerequisite completion of advanced level of a Romance language or, heritage native speaker of a Romance language) or Advanced Portuguese I, Port 101 (prerequisites completed at least the intermediate college-level Portuguese or equivalent).

Port 101 and Port 230 can count for the Portuguese major and minor.

Port 230 can also count for the college HALC core requirement.

All courses are taught in Portuguese and are taught by a combination of Georgetown faculty and faculty from Universidad he Católica de Portugal.

Students must take a language pledge and commit to speaking only Portuguese during the duration of the program.

Excursions include the study of modern art and Portugal in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the music of Portugal with a trip to the Fado Museum, and the study of the age of discovery with visits to the Belém Tower and Museum of the Orient.

Students will stay in a single or double occupancy room and housing near the campus.

You are required to live in program housing.

Students are responsible for their own meals during the program with the exception of meals provided during group excursions and three group dinners included in the program

The fee for this program in 2020 was $8495.

The summer of 2022 program fee will be released at a later date.

The amount is billable to your GU student account and includes tuition, fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, local public transportation and supplemental insurance.

It does not include airfare, passport or visa fees, or other individual expenses.

You may be able to use financial aid or scholarships for this program.

The program Director is Vivaldo Santos, associate professor, department of Spanish and Portuguese. Programs > myGUABROAD (georgetown.edu)

Yale Study Abroad Programs in Lisbon

Yale offers full-year, fall, or spring study abroad programs in Lisbon.

All courses are taught in Portuguese.

Completion of the L4 level of Portuguese or equivalent is the minimum language requirement.

The program focuses on arts, humanities and social sciences.

The CIEE direct enrollment option provides students with the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) alongside local and other international students

Only the direct enrollment option is eligible for general Yale credit.

The required CIEE intensive language course is not optional, but is not eligible for general Yale credit.

Yale study abroad office nominates one student each semester to receive a $1000 scholarship to attend a CIEE semester program.

Recipients of the scholarship are required to organize one study abroad outreach event upon their return to campus.

CIEE in Lisbon: Direct Enrollment | Study Abroad | Yale University

Portugal Study Abroad Scholarship

This website, Home – lisbontravelideas.com is offering a small scholarship for undergraduate students from the USA who are going to study abroad at any university in Portugal during the upcoming year. For more information and to apply, please visit Portugal Study Abroad Scholarship

Conclusion – But my school is not listed!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel cheaply while you are in college.

You can see the world while earning credits, and some of the programs listed above are a very good deal for long-term travel, plus they make great points to add to your resume.

If you do not attend one of the universities listed above, it is possible that your college might help you set up an independent study abroad in Lisbon through an organization such as CIEE College Study Abroad | CIEE, API Find Your Experiential Program Abroad, Study, Gap, or Intern – API Abroad, or the Study in Portugal Network. Homepage – SiPN (studyinportugalnetwork.com)

And it is also likely that your university offers study abroad in countries other than Portugal.

For more information on this awesome city, start with my articles, 25 things people want to know about Lisbon, Portugal and 25 things to see or do in Lisbon

I am not affiliated with any of the colleges or businesses mentioned on this page. Thank you for reading!