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What to expect in Portugal

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, the cost-effective destination of Portugal will broaden your global perspective and insight into one of the oldest countries in Europe. With over 250 million Portuguese speakers around the world, this country has left its mark on the world.

Having been fought over and invaded since prehistoric times, Portugal has a rich legacy of historical landmarks and monuments. Walk along the cobbled streets of the many small villages that dot the landscape, and soak up the history of centuries-old castles and ancient churches.

Visit Lisbon, the capital, and find hidden streets and quiet cafes away from the bustle of sightseers and tourist traps. Travel to the different regions of this beautiful country and savor the regional cuisine with a glass of famous Portuguese wine, while being serenaded by one of the local folk musicians singing a melancholic fado ballad.

Where do we operate programs in Portugal

What type of programs can you do in Portugal


Our study abroad program in Portugal is located in the fascinating city of Lisbon.


Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.


  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations


  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support


  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


In your spare time in Portugal, there are plenty of enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Relax on Beautiful Beaches: Portugal’s coastline offers stunning beaches. Spend leisurely days sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying water sports in places like Algarve or Cascais.
  • Visit Historic Monuments: Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Monastery of Batalha, Jerónimos Monastery, and the Tower of Belém, showcasing Portugal’s architectural and cultural heritage.
  • Trek in Natural Parks: Embark on hiking adventures in Portugal’s natural parks, such as Peneda-Gerês or Serra da Estrela, to discover scenic landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Discover Portuguese Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Portuguese dishes like pastel de nata (custard tart), bacalhau (codfish), francesinha (sandwich), and enjoy fresh seafood along the coast.

Recent Testimonials

SydneyIntern in Ireland

I didn't feel like I was an intern - I felt like a member of the staff!

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

GwenStudy in Czech Republic

It was like a reset! I experienced a lot of growth as a person and it made me feel like I have my life together.

BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

Portugal FAQs

Is Portugal in the EU?

Yes, Portugal is a member of the European Union (EU). It has been a part of the EU since 1986 and is currently part of the Schengen Area, meaning that citizens of EU countries can travel to Portugal without needing a visa.

What are the Best Things to Eat in Portugal?

Portugal is known for its wide variety of culinary delights. Popular dishes include seafood, grilled meats, and pastries. Popular seafood dishes include caldeirada (a fish stew with potatoes and vegetables) and arroz de marisco (seafood rice). Grilled meats include prego (steak sandwich) and frango churrasco (grilled chicken). Pastries such as pastel de nata (custard tarts) and bolo de arroz (rice cake) are popular desserts.

Is English Spoken in Portugal?

Yes, English is widely spoken in Portugal. Although Portuguese is the official language, many people in Portugal, especially in the larger cities, speak English as a second language.

Is it Safe to Travel to Portugal?

Portugal is generally considered safe for travel, offering rich history and stunning landscapes. Petty theft, like pickpocketing, can occur in crowded tourist areas, so being vigilant with belongings is advised.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Portugal?

The best time to travel to Portugal is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant, crowds are smaller, and outdoor activities are enjoyable. Summer (June to August) is famous for beaches but can be crowded, while winter (December to February) is milder in coastal areas and offers fewer tourists and lower prices.

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How to apply

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