• Portugal
    • Lisbon
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Business Cultural Studies European Studies Film History Language Studies Liberal Arts Literature Sociology

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 14, 2022
Jan 17, 2023
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About Program

Lisbon is a major economic center, tourist destination, and headquarters to multinational businesses. It also enjoys the status as one of the oldest cities in the world, evidenced by its cobblestone alleyways, Gothic castles, and ancient ruins.

Courses are available in English and Portuguese.

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Program Highlights

  • Explore the area outside of Lisbon with excursions to noted towns rooted in medieval and coastal history.
  • Students who want to share their time and gain practical skills can connect with a range of organizations throughout Lisbon that need support.
  • Courses are taught in English at CIEE Lisbon and are complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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The western tip of Europe is steeped in ancient history, creating a rich base to launch a great summer. Come explore Portuguese culture and history while learning to speak Portuguese.

CIEE Legon Semester Programs

This intensive language program sets students of all language levels up for success, whether they take courses in English, Portuguese, or both. Students pursue their studies in an academically challenging environment at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Instituto Universitário de Lisboa School of Business (ISCTE IBS), supplemented with cultural activities and excursions.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
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  • Academics 3.5
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Ciee Lisbon

The cultural emersión program is filled with meaningful learning, exciting excursions and supportive staff members that help create a near perfect study abroad experience!! The program offers a good variety of travel across the country of Portugal! The Portuguese buddies attached to the program gives a good view of Portuguese culture from young peoples perspective! Both the homestay and dorm experience were amazing! The dorms are like mini studios and are perfect for mingling with others in your program!

  • Support from staff
  • Long weekends to travel
  • Amazing city and country
  • School is early with little breaks
  • Missing class is restricted
  • Not a full year
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I couldn't have picked a better place to study than Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of my favorite cities in the world. From the bright tiles, to the charming neighborhoods and scenic lookout points-- it feels like living in a postcard. Due to its location on the river and oceanfront, it is not only beautiful but easy to access surfing and incredible coastal towns. The city itself is eccentric, young, lively, and affordable. There is something for everyone. Portugal as a whole also has endless opportunities for adventures and travels. The Lisbon airport is an easy metro ride from downtown which made traveling to other countries seamless and convenient. I could not have picked a better place to study. Portugal is a place I will continue to return to for the rest of my life.

  • eccentric, quirky, fun, young social scene
  • incredible restaurants with affordable prices
  • access to incredible beaches, surfing, and other adventures
  • certain parts of downtown are very touristy
5 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Lisbon College Study Abroad

I would totally recommend studying abroad in Lisbon with CIEE. Lisbon is an international hub which means it is super easy to travel out of. Also, it is super easy to travel around Portugal and very safe. The public transportation is super simple and inexpensive. What I like most about Lisbon is how has city life but is also minutes away from beautiful beaches. I made some amazing connections with my peers that I still talk to to this day. I am very thankful for Lisbon and for CIEE for guiding me through my study abroad experience. I cannot wait to go back to Lisbon!

9 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal

CIEE offered me many opportunities to get to know Portugal and the wonderful treasures it held. We went on weekly field trips to explore nearby cities, as well as visit local museums and exhibits. The orientation that kicked-off our program was helpful in cultural integration, CIEE provided cultural "buddies" for us, to create a connection. Portuguese local student, but also to have a support system. The program leaders were often in their offices and almost always accessible, which felt secure because I knew someone was close by to help.
The classes were long but enjoyable, my favorite class was International Leadership and Communication because it allowed the class of 20 students to discuss how cross-cultural communication works or doesn't work, and we were able to participate in cultural activities such as going to the mall and having typical foods, learning how to ride the metro, be respectful to the customs, and stay positive and enjoy. My Portuguese class was amazing, I was able to learn so much about the language that I craved in my university classes, we even took a field trip to a fish market and had to practice our Portuguese with the vendors. Other classes included politics and art and history; I really enjoyed learning about the history of Portugal because it opened my eyes to everything I was seeing while I was there and sparked my curiosity to explore further.
It was a great experience to travel in Portugal, I was able to go to the beach or waterfront, get to school, or even travel to a new city in a clean and efficient way. My program allowed me to have free weekends where I would travel to new countries, and I could provide travel information to CIEE to take caution when traveling to make sure I was accounted for if something went wrong.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Say yes, take the trip. Every moment can be full, and money can come back, but if we miss an opportunity we can never take that back.
  • Self Discovery
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Seeing with new eyes
  • Expensive Tuition
  • Missing typical college classes
  • Long Distance Communication
10 people found this review helpful.
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Lisbon: A City Full of Life

I loved this program because it immersed me into the Portuguese culture. I took an Art History course where we were walking around Lisbon, and surrounding areas, learning about different architecture styles along with Lisbon's layers of cultural history. We started in Medieval times and worked our way up to Modern Lisbon. Since I am an Art History major, this course was perfect-but all of the other students came from various backgrounds which created a great diversity. I got to explore so much of Lisbon even in the short one month time span I was there. The staff on site, Luísa, Joana and Sara, were amazing! Whenever I had a concern or needed a recommendation for something to do, they were there to help! The class size was small and perfect for those who like a more one-on-one experience. The excursions to Évora, the Escher Exhibit and surfing class were wonderful. We did everything that my Lisbon guide book recommended to do. I was also able to learn more about Portuguese culture, especially since the locals were very friendly and spoke English! The program allowed us to have plenty of independent free time to explore which was very liberating. The homestay gave me the opportunity to connect with a local family and be more connected to the culture. Overall, this program exceeded any expectations I had.

34 people found this review helpful.
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Spring 2017 Study Abroad in Lisbon

My semester abroad in Lisbon was the most rewarding 4 months I've had since starting college. Living in a homestay with locals and meeting Portuguese students at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa allowed me to engage with and adopt the relaxed Portuguese way of life. My fondest memories of Lisbon are watching the sunset from a miradouro (overlook), getting drinks with friends from school, and talking late into the night with my hosts. Lisbon is not as touristy as London or Barcelona, so I feel that I was able to develop my own intimate, personal relationship with the city.

The program staff was helpful and relatable, and professors were accommodating to foreigners since they are accustomed to Erasmus students visiting their university. Classes were not nearly as rigorous as my courses back at UPenn, but this was a pro rather than a con for me.

I am incredibly grateful for my experience in Lisbon, and highly recommend it as a study abroad destination.

32 people found this review helpful.
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A wonderful semester!

I studied in Lisbon through CIEE my junior spring. It was amazing. It exceeded beyond any expectations I may have had going into the semester. From the get go I fell in love with the city and only wanted to explore. Upon meeting everyone in my program including the program advisors I knew the next couple months were going to fly by. Everyone was so kind and endearing and as each day passed I grew more and more attached to the group I was with and the city I was in. This semester undoubtedly changed my life for the better and led me to become more confident in myself and my desire to adventure outside of my comfort zone. To anyone who is nervous about studying abroad- that's okay. It's great to be nervous because then when you see to whatever it is you're nervous about, you will grow immensely. I have nothing but positive memories from this program and am sure that this semester will be one that I will never forget.

33 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

The best year of my life: Studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal.

Choosing CIEE's study abroad program in Lisbon, Portugal was probably the best decision I could have made. I have no regrets in committing to this program. It was so much fun, organized, invigorating, and helped create some of my most treasured memories. The people that choose to go to Portugal, specifically with this program, are incredibly unique. Portugal is not the first place that comes to mind and that is what makes the experience so special. Lisbon is a hidden gem with amazing city views, beautiful parks, reliable public transportation, close to an international airport, delicious food, awesome night life and overall unbelievable vibes. Portugal is probably the most gorgeous country and I am so fortunate and grateful that CIEE did their absolute best to make my study abroad year an amazing experience.

40 people found this review helpful.

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