LISBON: CIEE – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

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  • Fall Semester - Late August - Mid December (Early exams are most common; however, the alternate end date is mid January)

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

The goals of the Language and Culture program are to develop skills and competency in Portuguese language through an intensive language course and a semester-long language course; to enhance students' understanding of contemporary Portuguese society and culture through the CIEE core curriculum; and, where language skills permit; to meet a wide variety of students' academic interests through direct enrollment at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


All CIEE students enroll in an intensive language program prior to the start of the semester. Students continue their language study during the semester and choose three to four additional courses from a CIEE core curriculum taught in English and shared with other international and Portuguese students. Students with advanced Portuguese language skills may also choose from a large offering of courses in the humanities and social sciences taught in Portuguese. Undergraduate programs at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) are academically rigorous and students should expect challenging coursework. The CIEE program is based at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH).

Students must enroll in an intensive Portuguese language course, a semester language course, and three or four CIEE content courses taught in English and/or direct enrollment courses taught in Portuguese. Students transfer back 20 NU Credits.

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Host University

The Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) is a public institution of higher learning founded in 1977 with the goal of contributing to the renewal of higher education in Portugal. It has five faculties, including the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), where the program is primarily based. FCSH is a multidisciplinary unit that promotes diversity of knowledge, creativity, and freedom of thought. Facilities at FCSH include the central library, computer facilities, a student association, a drama group, a group devoted to traditional Portuguese music, and a bookstore.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed Online OISP application
    • Completed Online CIEE application
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Official Transcript
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students are housed primarily in homestays located a short commute from FCSH where CIEE courses are held. There is also a very limited number of rooms available at the University's dorm. Please note that while CIEE strives to meet students' preferences in housing, these cannot always be guaranteed.

Homestays are located a short walk or commute from the University. Students have their own bedrooms and are given full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities. The dormitory is a modern facility housing students in single rooms with shared bathrooms. There are equipped kitchens for common use, laundry facilities, study rooms, a common room, and a computer room.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can cook in their homestays or at the residence, or eat in the various subsidized cafeterias at UNL.


Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, located at the point where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic. 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, its food, its architecture, and its welcoming attitude towards foreigners.