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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Portugal

Choosing to study abroad in the cost-effective destination of Portugal will broaden your global perspective and insight into one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, this developed country offers you the perfect mix of colorful history to absorb and modern day conveniences to make your study experience a smooth one.

With over 250 million Portuguese speakers around the world, this country has left its mark on the globe. When you study here, you will be able to soak up its cultural, architectural and linguistic impact at the source. Since prehistoric times, this land has been invaded and fought over. Expand your lived experience of history by studying in this cosmopolitan country.

While you are growing your knowledge base and skill set, this southern European country will woo you with its fine wines, beautiful beaches and laid-back lifestyle.


The higher education system in Portugal consists of both public and private institutions and polytechnics, with fourteen universities overall, and is known for its internship programs that give you exposure to real life situations while studying.

Portugal is also a great destination for adventure-seekers, so you will have plenty of options when you are not in class: from surfing at Peniche to hiking in the mountain trails of the islands of Madeira, skydiving in the rugged region of Alentejo to canyoning in the Azores archipelago. You can toast to your academic and personal successes with a glass of famous Portuguese wine and your new circle of international students.


Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Portugal:

  • Portugal is one of the most cost-effective study destinations in Europe
  • Immerse yourself in a new way of life and absorb the relaxed, cafe culture of Portugal
  • Learn Portuguese, one of the world’s most spoken languages, and, as only 5% of Portuguese speakers live in Portugal, one of the most well-traveled ones
  • Share in the Portuguese love of music, art and dance while you expand your resume

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Portugal below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Portugal.

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Study in Portugal (European University of Lisbon)

Study abroad in Portugal and soak up the thriving culture and relaxed way of life of this picturesque country while broadening your experience and skills.

Study in Portugal (European University of Lisbon)

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.

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.


Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.


Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

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.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, 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.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

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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Our Top Study Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!


Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.


Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.


Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!


You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!