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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Lisbon

Lisbon is renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the entire world, and deservedly so. The winding cobbled streets of the city’s Alfama neighborhood, lined by intricately patterned, tiled buildings will mesmerize you from day one. Just a short train ride from the nearest beach, the real-life candy castles of Sintra, and full of delicious eating potential, this city has it all — including an array of exciting study abroad programs. Brush up on your Portuguese and hop the trolley for your next stop. Study abroad in Lisbon!

Student Life in Lisbon

Life in Lisbon holds a typically Mediterranean level of relaxed vibes (read: horizontal). Days start with a leisurely breakfast from the local bakery — usually a pastry and some strong black coffee. Students in the city love to be outdoors, interacting with one another, and enjoying the beautiful climate. This relaxed attitude continues into the evening as bars spill out into the streets and people share food, sangria and stories from their day. You won’t struggle to find new friends in a city where everyone wants to be sociable!

The cost of living in Lisbon is low by comparison to much of mainland Europe, although tourism has caused some more mainstream areas to hike their costs. When it comes to food, look for restaurants with a menu del dia — a multi-course selection of local delights alongside a drink — will come in at just a few Euros. It’s Europe, but a more budget-friendly version than what you’d find in tourist-run Paris or London.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Lisbon is a city of hidden gems, look beyond the main tourist hotspots to find some seriously cool hangouts and experiences. From bars on top of multi-level parking lots, to the winding backstreets of Bairro Alto — the livelihood and diversity is unrivalled anywhere else in Europe. The incredibly sociable style of living will also afford you an ideal opportunity to practice your Portuguese language skills, and introduce you to great new friends who will help you tap into the deeper culture of the city.

Learn more about Portugal’s history and colonial efforts; your list of places to practice your Portuguese will grow. How about that for a traveler’s bucket list!?

An ideal destination, study abroad programs in Lisbon give students plenty of options. The only real questions are: when will you go and how many egg tarts can you eat in a single sitting?

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