With an affordable cost of living, great weather, friendly people and beautiful sightseeing, Lisbon is a wonderful option for study abroad students. The universities offer quality and diversified courses, giving with the opportunity to improve your academic qualifications while meeting an old and rich culture, with a lot of history and monuments. Lisbon is an unforgettable destination for all students who want a unique experience in terms of university lifestyle, hospitality, gastronomy, culture, and leisure.

Interested in studying abroad in Lisbon? Tab through our expert guide and read reviews of study abroad programs in Lisbon below!

Academic Life

Lisbon is a university city, with a qualified network of both public and private universities and research centers, promoting close collaboration with higher education institutions of international standing (such as MIT or Carnegie Mellon). As a city open to the world should, Lisbon universities have many courses lectured in English, although learning Portuguese is a good option. It’s the fifth most spoken language in the world, so it’s a good idea to learn the language with the best teachers you could have: Portuguese people!

Cultural Immersion

Study in Lisbon is a great opportunity to improve your academic qualifications while having a great life experience. Lisboners are friendly and almost half the population speaks a second language, which helps student’s integration. The city is a nice place to live, with history present at every corner in old neighborhoods and a lot of culture events going on all the time. Our city allows you to be in touch not only with European culture, but also to know a bit of history from around the world. More than eight centuries of history makes Portugal capital city a true encyclopedia, full of monuments that presents several stages of world history.

Lisbon is an outstanding place to study, work or simply live… Knowledge, Creativity, Innovation, Brainpower, Leadership are some words that we can use to describe the city. It’s a gateway to all Europe, a friendly and beautiful city where you could have the experience of a lifetime. One of the best things about Lisbon is that the city allows you to combine professional life with leisure, culture with sports, nightlife with beautiful historical sights. Lisbon has 220 sunshine days per year, 3 natural parks, 2 large beach fronts and a lot of restaurants, museums, shops and cultural and historical places to visit. The historical neighborhoods, like Mouraria, Alfama or Bairro Alto, are places with a vibrant nightlife, which combined with the openness, spontaneity and warmness of Lisboners guarantee that you will have a great time!


Studying in Lisbon will allow you to learn all about Europe, since the city is the gateway to the old continent. It’s great weather, the river and the sea allows you to practice many sports and outdoor activities. Being one of the safest cities in Europe, you can enjoy the city walking, biking or using public transportations. Lisbon is one of the cheapest cities in the European Union, offering around 72 students residences, principally located in the city center, with easy access to the various campuses around the city. To find student accommodations, UniPlaces, a student housing search engine, is a great place to look.

Student Visas

Coming to Lisbon is really simple! The Lisbon City Council recently launched a website to help students planning their trip to Lisbon. You can find there information about the city and all its universities. You can find visa information, search for your course, look for accommodations, find a scholarship and see all that Lisbon has to offer! If there’s still any question, you can contact Lisbon City Council or ask GoOverseas to do it for you.

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Portugal

There are some institutions that grant scholarships for national and foreign students who want to study in Lisbon. Also most universities have agreements that facilitate foreign students coming to the city. You can check with your university what kind of agreements do they have or you can go to Study in Lisbon for other options. Depending on what do you study, there are several institutions in Portugal and abroad that can give you a scholarship. You can also contact the Study in Lisbon team to ask anything you need to know.

Study Abroad Programs in Lisbon

Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 programs
CIEE Language + Culture in Lisbon, Portugal
9.67 •6 reviews

The western tip of Europe is steeped in ancient history, creating a...

Shadow Doctors 20+ Hours/Week in Portugal
10 •3 reviews

Shadowing experiences for adventurous pre-med students. Shadow 60+...

iXperience Lisbon – Learn + Intern Abroad
9.44 •9 reviews

iXperience Lisbon is an intense 6-week, 6-credit* program for...

API Study Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal

Experience life abroad in a truly cosmopolitan destination! Lisbon's...

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad
Nursing, Pre-Med, and STEM Traveling Summer Abroad in Europe
Multiple Countries
10 •3 reviews

Make your summer unforgettable! Travel throughout Europe with students...

InnoEnergy Master's School
Master in Environmental Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems in Lisbon
9.57 •7 reviews

Real-world energy challenges. Collaborative solutions. A sustainable...

European Innovation Academy
Study abroad in Portugal with European Innovation Academy
9.14 •7 reviews

European Innovation Academy (EIA) provides a unique hands-on program...

InnoEnergy Master's School
Study Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy in Lisbon
Multiple Countries
10 •3 reviews

Reduce emissions. Develop alternative fuels. Build a sustainable...

InnoEnergy Master's School
Multi-Country: Master in Renewable Energy in Europe
Multiple Countries
9.5 •4 reviews

Design, develop and deliver the next generation of renewable energy...

InnoEnergy Master's School
Master in Energy Technologies in Sweden, France, or Portugal
Multiple Countries
9.5 •2 reviews

Energy technologies. Inspirational partners. Your own sustainable...

Learn Online while Traveling Europe
Multiple Countries

Edumadic organises and leads programs around the world for carefully...

Tours & Trips in Portugal

Looking for something to do during your time in Portugal? Check out some of these tours and trips!
  • Pacia Life Portugal
    Pacia Life Coaching in Portugal
    10 •4 reviews

    Pacia Life Portugal is an incredible location offering cultural...

  • Wayfinding Academy
    Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage: Come walk with us!
    Multiple Countries
    10 •2 reviews

    Do you have a passion for exploring, community, and self-reflection...

  • AESU Travel
    Portugal Adventure: 9 Days

    Soak up sun and culture on this 9 day tour of Portugal! Travel from...

  • Euroventure Travel
    Mediterranean Coastliner Rail Tour (18-35 year olds)
    Multiple Countries

    Our Mediterranean Coastliner route is a fast-paced 4 week tour of the...

  • Forgotten Lives of Latin America
    10 Day Forgotten Lives of Latin America Tour
    Multiple Countries

    Forgotten Lives of Latin America, LLC exists to provide access to a...

  • EcoTours Portugal
    4-Day Lisbon & Surroundings Tour

    Join an incredible tour through Lisbon and its surroundings and...

  • XL Sports Tours
    Golf Tours in the U.K. & Beyond
    Multiple Countries

    Train, compete and create memories in a destination of your choice by...

  • GoPlay Tours
    International Golf Tours Around the World
    Multiple Countries

    GoPlay Golf Tours offers fully customizable golf experiences for avid...

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