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CIEE Lisbon: Language and Culture (BLB)
Lisbon, Portugal (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Portuguese
Credit Available For:
Huntsman
Application Deadline:
Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

 

Program Snapshot

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The Academic Program
  • Hybrid program through the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
  • Fall Semester: early September - mid-December
  • Spring Semester: late January - mid-May
Eligibility
  • 3.0
  • 2 semesters of Portuguese, or four semesters of Spanish with a grade of B or above in all courses
  • Spanish or Portuguese language course within the past year recommended.
  Housing
  • Homestay/student residency 
The City of Lisbon
  • Portugal's capital city
  • Population: 550,000
  XCAT
  • Search for this program in XCAT as: CIEE Portugal Language and Culture 
  Special Features
  • CIEE will assist students in gaining exposure to the arts and culture scene in Lisbon, as well as provide connections to volunteer organizations.
The Application Process
The Penn Abroad application requires applicants to submit two academic recommendations. Both recommendations must be from professors that taught and graded the applicant at Penn. One recommendation must be from a language professor, while the other can be from any other academic discipline.
Financial Matters
Penn Resources

This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.  
 

The Academic Program

 Without a doubt, Lisbon is a happening place to study abroad. Each year, the beautiful capital city hosts numerous international events, including the world’s biggest music festival, Rock in Rio-Lisboa. There’s always something to do while exploring and enhancing your understanding of Portuguese society and culture.

Coursework

After enrolling in an intensive language program prior to the start of the semester, you’ll continue your language study throughout the semester. You’ll also choose from a wide selection of courses ranging in topics from media, music, and literature, to history, politics, and globalization. Penn students will take courses at Universidade Nova de Lisboa within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) and up to two courses at the School of Economics.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school.

Learn More About Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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Eligibility

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 2 semesters of Portuguese, or four semesters of Spanish with a grade of B or above in all courses
  • Spanish or Portuguese language course within the past year recommended

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Housing

Homestay

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 you'll form relationships that endure long after the end of your study abroad program. The other option is living in a student residency with other international students. Students should speak with CIEE regarding their preference. 

The City of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, older than London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years, and has always been a major political, economic, and cultural center in Portugal. This capital city’s antique neighborhoods got a huge facelift when rundown areas were revitalized for the 1998 World Expo. The seaport has a holiday atmosphere and is blessed with a mild climate, mostly sunny days, a wealth of gorgeous architecture and monuments, and nearby beaches.

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, food, architecture, and welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
 
 

Special Features

Excursions and Cultural Activities

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 towns, Óbidos and Sintra. During an excursion to Porto, the second largest city in the country, you’ll participate in activities tourists rarely get to do: attend a concert at Casa da Musica, tour the gardens of Serralves, and amble across one of the many bridges that link the city to its southern neighbor, Gaia. You’ll also visit a Romanesque cathedral and gaze on gilded Baroque altarpieces during a tour of Évora, a historical center contained within 16th-century walls. Want to make a difference in the local community? We’ll connect you with organizations throughout Lisbon that are looking for volunteers.

The Application Process

The Penn Abroad application requires applicants to submit two academic recommendations. Both recommendations must be from professors that taught and graded the applicant at Penn. One recommendation must be from a language professor, while the other can be from any other academic discipline.
 

Financial Matters

Students are charged Penn tuition and student fee (called study abroad fee the semester abroad) for all Penn programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, meals, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheet to determine other costs. 

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package.  

Penn Resources


Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad.  There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad. 

In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.
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