# Partake in cultural activities and excursions, including visits to museums and festivals; become familiar with Portuguese history, culture, and current affairs.
Study Abroad in Portugal
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If you’re interested in studying somewhere in Europe but don’t want the over-popularity of France, Spain, or Italy … if incredible beaches and dramatic cliffs sound exciting to you … then studying abroad in Portugal is the answer. While less-talked-about than some of its other European neighbors, this country has so much to offer. You won’t be the only traveler, either – the secret about studying in Portugal is out!
Everyday beauty: a street scene in Lagos, Faro, Portugal. Photo courtesy Photo_Robson on Flickr
Seafood, Palaces, And Beaches Galore. Portugal has a rich and diverse culture that is an indication of its long history, and you will find many references to the sea (for obvious reasons). You’ll want to check out fado music, which means “fate” and is very popular. If you are a foodie, there are a few areas you’ll want to visit, especially Vila Nova de Gaia just south of the city of Porto — here is where port wine was first developed back in 1600. It is a pretty drive through the Douro Valley, and the center of the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seafood is a staple in Portugal, especially cod and a delectable stew called caldeirada.
Sintra is one town you should see if you like palaces, castles, and Romantic architecture. For a glimpse at some medieval structures, ruins, churches and other buildings, plan a trip to Évora. There are a few festival celebrations in Portugal that are fun to attend, including Carnival, Saint Martin Day, and Santos Populares.
Portugal is known for its beaches, and they won’t disappoint. You may have to share the space with other travelers, but you can find amazing views and water in Algarve, Salema, Cascais, Estoril, and honestly most places along the coast. If you’re looking for a unique activity that you’ll probably never see anywhere else, visit the Monte area of Fuchal, Madeira, where you can ride down steep hills in wicker toboggans. They have spots for two people, so you can ride with a friend, and the drivers stand behind you to make sure you don’t get off the track.
Portugal Through The Years. Ancient peoples in present-day Portugal were hunters, gatherers, and traders. The Roman Empire began to expand into the area around 210, but by the fifth century had reached its decline. Alfonso Henriques declared himself the first king of the independent nation of Portugal in 1140, and in 1386 the country established an alliance with England. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal focused on exploration, trade and colonization. After some political unrest and revolutions against the monarchy in the 1800s, the 1900s began with military rule until the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Portugal today is a democracy.
Portugal today retains so many of its traditions mixed in with its present-day society. Pousadas are state-operated and owned hotels, priced to fit any budget. Steeped in history, these buildings used to be old palaces, convents, or monasteries and are now a cool place for travelers to stay. (Their charm and character more than make up for the sometimes-basic amenities!) For other historical sites, visit Guimarães, where Afonso Henriques and others fought in the Battle of São Mamede. The town of Óbidos, was one of the places Henriques drove out the Moors in the 1140’s. If your fellow travelers aren’t history buffs, no worry — both locations are breathtaking in their own right.
Studying Abroad In Portugal. Most study programs in Portugal are through universities and are led by faculty at that school. There are also a few courses led by independent organizations, such as CIEE’s Language and Culture program. Many options are in Lisbon, with others in Porto, Coimbra, or other smaller cities. One of the oldest universities in Europe is here — the University of Coimbra, which opened its doors in the year 1290.
You can find college study abroad programs in Portugal during the summer, semester, or even for the entire year. In general, the academic level of classes there will probably be easier than at your home university. Courses can be in English with other American or international students, unless you choose to directly enroll in a Portuguese university. In that case, the courses will be in Portuguese with other local students. When studying in Portugal, you’ll most likely be taking courses at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa or the Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias.
You have a few options for housing – either a host family, a dorm with other international students, or an apartment. If you’re looking for cultural immersion and to practice your language skills, it’s best to live with a host family. Because you are constantly speaking and hearing Portuguese, you’re quickly pushed to the next level of language proficiency. Oftentimes, when rooming with other international students who speak English, you are not challenged to speak in Portuguese.
Portugal is an amazing country and a great place to study abroad. Get off the beaten path — go to what was once thought to be the end of the world, Cape Sagres, or be surrounded by the cosmopolitan action and stay in Lisbon. You’ll have an experience like none other when you study abroad in Portugal.
This seminar course will study substance abuse from humanitarian, transnational and public health perspectives as you travel to Amsterdam, Strasbourg, and Florence. You'll examine European and North American alcohol and other drug policies, assessing their impact at the regional, state, national, and international levels. Emphasis will be given to the contemporary phases of alcohol and other dr...
Center For Study Abroad (CSA) offers low cost quality programs worldwide. Since 1990 (over 20 yrs), CSA has been offering students and adults, from all countries, the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs. Earn college credit. Easy registration process. Quick confirmation documents. Flexibility with program, housing, travel, and payment. Can even pay the balance upon arrival ...
Our school is located in the city center and also has another two study locations across the city, all located around the Saldanha Square area and close to the beautiful Eduard VII Park. The school is recognized by the "Instituto de Cultura e Lingua portuesa - the official entity for Portuguese". It offers a friendly yet professional atmosphere and has over 20 years of teaching Portuguese to...
Semester at Sea's worldwide itineraries offer rigorous coursework coupled with field assignments, service learning in 8-12 international destinations, and the skills necessary to compete in today's rapidly globalizing world. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia.
The capital (about a million people) possess the charm and excitement of the old and the new. A lively and varied city center, surprisingly the city has an easy-going pace. From the broad scenic streets to quaint neighborhood districts to the towering city skyscrapers, all of these different landscapes help to make Lisbon a diverse city for the language traveler. Lisbon has been acknowledge as ...
Georgia State offers many summer and maymester programs led and taught by Georgia State professors. These programs tend to be focused on a particular topic or theme and range from 10 to 20 participants, though some are larger. Students participate in lectures, site visits, excursions, and tours as part of the program. These programs usually last between two and six weeks. Students find these pr...
The University of Wisconsin-Madison program in Coimbra, Portugal provides students the opportunity to attend the Portuguese Language and Culture program for international students at the Universidade de Coimbra as well as the option of directly enrolling in up to two regular Universidade de Coimbra courses. The Portuguese Language and Culture program has three different levels: elementary, i...
Our Portuguese Standard Course consists of group instructed 3 hour/daily classes of Portuguese Language and Culture per week from Monday to Friday. It is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Portuguese culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Portuguese cultures surrounding it. Clas...
Eurolingua offers students of all ages and levels an opportunity to learn Portuguese in Portugal and benefit from one-to-one tuition in some of the most unique locations. Eurolingua’s homestay option ensures learning Portuguese is affordable as well as extremely enjoyable.
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