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CIEE Lisbon: Language and Culture (BLB)
Lisbon, Portugal (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
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|Language of Instruction:||Portuguese||Credit Available For:||Huntsman|
|Application Deadline:||Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1|
|The Academic Program
|The City of Lisbon
|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.
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.
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.
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
- CIEE Program Website
- Universidade Nova de Lisboa: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
- Universidade Nova de Lisboa: School of Business and Economics
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
HomestayDrastically 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 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.
Excursions and Cultural ActivitiesLisbon 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.
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.
- More on scholarships and financial aid for study abroad
- Student Financial Services
- Program Budget Sheet
- Program Resources for Budgeting Your Semester Abroad: Check out the Scholarships & Grant section of the CIEE program website.
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.