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CIEE Language and Culture Program in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study, Intensive Language Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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CIEE Language and Culture in Lisbon, Portugal  

Please note that you need to meet two different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • CIEE application deadline: October 1, 2020

CIEE in Lisbon is designed for students looking to advance their Portuguese language skills while also taking Social Science courses in Portuguese at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Students are encouraged to think critically, work independently, contribute to discussions, and participate in university life.

The University

Students can take a combination of courses taught at CIEE and FCSH - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). UNL School of Social Sciences and Humanities was founded in 1977 and 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.

The Setting

Lisbon has been a major European political, economic, and cultural center even before the foundation of Rome. 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.



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits, five courses per semester, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. This will consist of one required semester-long language course plus electives in Portuguese. The intensive two-week language course does not count for Princeton credit. All courses must be taken in Portuguese, so students may not enroll in a CIEE elective course, as they are all taught in English. All elective courses must be taken at UNL. More information about course offerings can be found at the CIEE website


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Portuguese.

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to mid December
Spring Semester: late January to early May

Please refer to the CIEE website for updated academic calendars.


CIEE has two housing options for students on this program:

Homestays offer students the opportunity to live with a Portuguese-speaking family and experience the daily life of Lisbon. Each student would have their own bedroom, and breakfast plus seven meals a week are provided. Weekly cleaning, laundry, and internet are also provided.

Residence halls offer students the opportunity to live alongside Portuguese and other international students with individual bedrooms and shared bathrooms and kitchen areas. Students are responsible for all meals. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Portugal. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

For more information regarding how to obtain a Portuguese student visa, please speak directly with your program and/or visit the local consulate or embassy's website. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying should complete the following steps:

  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the CIEE online application according to CIEE's deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/24/2021 05/09/2021
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