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CIEE: Lisbon Language and Culture
Lisbon, Portugal (Outgoing Program)
Lisbon, the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, is the country's principal city. The city offers all that you would expect from a historic, yet modern European capital, without all the fuss. Cultural possibilities abound, with its Gothic cathedrals, a rich variety of museums, and lively cobbled streets with cafés just waiting to serve you espresso and streets, Lisbon begs to be explored. Yet, even with centuries-old surroundings, the city is very much alive and undeniably youthful with Jazz, Reggae, Electronica, and Portugal’s own Fado music often filling the air. The city has mild winters and long summers cooled by the Atlantic breeze - perfect conditions to enjoy all that’s to offer.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
All CIEE students enroll in an intensive language program prior to the start of the semester; CIEE offers six levels of study, from beginning through advanced. 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) at UNL.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 15-18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-September – Late December
Spring Semester: Late January – Late May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Please note that while CIEE strives to meet students’ preferences in housing, these cannot always be guaranteed.
Students are housed primarily in homestays located a short commute from School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) at UNL where the CIEE classes will be held. Students staying in a homestay have their own bedrooms and are given full access to bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are also a very limited number of rooms available at the University’s dorm. The University 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.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1500) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.