UNCW in Portugal is in the colorful city of Lisbon, and students will take courses at the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE). This university, which is AACSB accredited, has been around since 1972 and has 9,000 undergraduate students. ISCTE is one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal and has maintained full-capacity since its creation. The Foundation for Science and Technology recognizes this university as a research university, and ISCTE encourages students to embrace their potential while developing their capability for initiative and flexibility when it comes to academics.
The Surrounding Area
Study abroad in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historically important capital cities — Lisbon, Portugal! CNN recently reported that Lisbon might be “Europe’s coolest city” and, in 2012, Lisbon was named European City of the Year. In 2014, the nearby city of Porto, was named the European Destination of the Year.
Lisbon has it all! As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is packed with unparalleled, unique cultural and historic sites. It has a vibrant arts and music scene, great food, exceptional nightlife, award-winning beaches and, best of all, it is ranked as one of the most affordable and safest of European cities.
Lisbon has many personalities — though steeped in Old-World tradition, the city is also known for cutting edge fashion and design. Once the hub of a bygone global empire that stretched across four continents, Lisbon has a flavor all its own, influenced by former colonies in Africa, Brazil, India, China, the Persian Gulf and the Indonesian spice islands.
UNCW in Portugal offers cultural activities and excursions to places such as Belem, Lagos, Mafra & Ericeira, Porto and Sintra. The program also provides opportunities for students to explore the beautiful coastal capital of Portugal. Students can visit the Aqueduto de Aguas Livres, Torre de Belem and the Time Out Market Lisboa (formerly Mercado da Ribiera). Students can also visit one of the many beaches that are in Lisbon.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
Students who choose to study abroad in Lisbon with UNCW in Portugal complete courses offered in English in international business, international relations, and Portuguese history and culture at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE). For a look at class offerings, click here
Students in Lisbon live in furnished student apartments with other participants and/or international students. All accommodations are within a 20-minute commute from the university via public transportation. Most apartments have single rooms, and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living areas.
Academic Year Dates
Early September- June
Fall Semester Dates
Early September- Late December
Spring Semester Dates
Early February- Late June
Estimated Program Fee Semester Spring & Fall 2019: $13,980
Estimated Program Fee Academic Year 2019-20: $26,980
(not included in program fee)
- Airport pick-up
- On-site Coordinator
- Transit Pass
- Language & Culture Tools
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- International Airfare
- Most Meals
- Passport and visa
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.