Program Overview

With programs taught completely in English, the European University of Lisbon, also known as the European University (UE), is the ideal study destination from which to expand your skills and prepare yourself to work anywhere in the world. The faculty is sourced from all over the world and uses the latest pedagogical practices to teach the international program content.

The UE student population is made up of one third international students from over 60 countries and offers you unique opportunities to build a global network. There is a wide variety of student activities to participate in, from sports to cultural experiences, workshops to conferences, all designed to enrich your education and enhance your personal and professional growth.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The student population at UE is made up of 30% international students, so you get to share this unique study experience with others from all over the world, as well as the friendly local students. Benefit from the student-centered academic program that is student-centered, while gaining privileged access to international partnerships and connections with companies.

As the courses are all offered in English, you can comfortably enhance your academic knowledge while improving your Portuguese skills in your daily life in this fascinating city.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Approval received from the home university.
  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Most students will be required to obtain a study visa. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!

Location

Known as the sunniest capital city on the continent, Lisbon offers a relaxed and friendly environment for your studies. Its affordable cost of living and excellent urban transport network, from buses to trains, trams to boats, means that you will be able to soak up the warmth and hospitality of this colorful city and use it as a base to travel to other European capitals.

Make the most of the weather and join the locals: have a coffee and a pasteis de nata in one of the picturesque piazzas, catch the cheerful Remodelado yellow tram to visit some of the historic buildings and beautiful architecture that make up the city, or spend an evening in the Bairro Alto (Old Quarter) with its buzzing nightlife.

Housing

Student housing at the European University is available in various student residences close to the campus, with a number of accommodation options available. Your choices range from studios with kitchen and bathroom, to 5-bedroomed apartments with communal living spaces. Most accommodation includes wifi and cleaning services.

Life in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the major global centers of the modern world because of its importance in finance, commerce and international trade.

Your experience in this city of contrasts can take you from the old quarter of town, the Barrio Alto, famed for its vibrant nightlife, bars and cafes, to landmarks like the Lisbon Cathedral and the Sao Jorge Castle. You can take the popular Santa Justa lift, which is the quickest way to get from downtown to uptown in this hilly city or use the well-loved vintage trams to get around.

Support whilst in Lisbon

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academic

Academic credit and transcripts are issued by the European University after the successful completion of the program. The European University is a fully-accredited, state-recognized institution of higher learning, whose teaching will help you develop the skills you need to succeed, with a mix of lecture-style tuition and practical experience.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Courses at the European University are lecture- and seminar-based, with significant independent study expected. We recommend students take only four courses per semester. Students may take five courses per semester with approval from their Academic or Study Abroad Advisor first.

Most courses and degree programs at European University are taught in Portuguese but they do offer three (3) tracks in English: Management, Tourism, and Sports Management.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from European University 
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to LISBON
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in Portugal (European University of Lisbon)|
Cost: $14,600

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Semester 2024: September 11th - January 26th

Application Deadline: Rolling throughout the year


Spring Semester 2025: January 29th - May 3rd

Application Deadline: Rolling throughout the year


Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

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

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

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

HEALTH & SAFETY

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.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN PORTUGAL

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.

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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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