SiPN strives to ensure that the academic rigor and pedagogical styles found in its core curriculum are comparable to those found in most North American classrooms, without compromising the integrity of the host university’s academic system and teaching methods. All of the core classes and direct-enroll options are populated by other international mobility and/or Portuguese students, so as to avoid the traps of “island” or “enclave” programs.
SiPN’s unique network design permits the student to custom-design their curriculum in one of the most internationalized European capitals, from among the most prestigious universities in the city, all within a few minutes of each other via public-transportation. Students can take a mixture of classes taught in English and a Portuguese course, or they can take all of their coursework in Portuguese. It’s a unique recipe that allows for flexibility and as much immersion as the student wants.