The Study in Portugal Network study abroad program is the only program of its kind in Portugal, fully designed for North-American students.
The Study in Portugal Network (SiPN) study abroad program is managed by the non-profit Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), with the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science, the US Embassy in Lisbon, the Fulbright Commission in Portugal, AICEP, and the Lisbon City Municipality, among others. It offers North American students the opportunity to spend a semester, year or a summer in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon, Portugal. Eventually, SiPN seeks to expand beyond Lisbon to include other quality Portuguese universities in other cities.
The program’s primary aim is to increase the number of students from North America who study abroad in Portugal. SiPN provides an academically rigorous but flexible study abroad program that is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates from a variety of majors. Its core curriculum is focused on Portugal’s place in Europe and Lisbon as a safe and attractive cosmopolitan hub from which to explore themes related to the larger Lusophone community of some 260 million people.
SiPN is designed to serve many different kinds of students. For those who are not yet ready to take all of their coursework in Portuguese, they can still cover their major or general education-type requirements through a wide array of offerings taught in English, while also taking whichever class level they require for a Portuguese language course. Or for those who are ready to direct-enroll in regular university classes taught in Portuguese, we can provide that too.
Consequently we provide two main types of classes: core curriculum (taught in English) and direct enroll classes in our partner universities (taught in either language).
The core curriculum is designed for students who do not yet feel ready to take their social science or humanities classes in Portuguese. They also provide the core identity for the program and its semesterly-offerings. The faculty of the core curriculum are published experts with Ph.Ds in their respective fields, hand-chosen by the academic council of SiPN to teach in our program. Many of them have previously taught or done graduate work in North America or other English-speaking countries. Our core classes also enroll Erasmus and local Portuguese students, for a truly international classroom experience, taught in English.
Direct enroll classes may be conducted in either Portuguese or English. For example, each semester SiPN provides all levels of Portuguese language courses (A1 – C2) for whichever level you require. More advanced Portuguese learners have even greater choices and can elect to take all of their coursework in Portuguese through direct-enroll classes at any of the 4 schools in the consortium in virtually any field, providing for a fully immersive experience. For those who are looking for other choices outside of our core, the SiPN universities provide hundreds of direct-enroll classes each semester in business, economics, and many other fields, all of which are taught in English and open to participants of SiPN. Nevertheless, for students who need at least some courses taught in English, SiPN strongly recommends that students take at least 2 courses from among our core offerings.
In order to make the search for these many options easier, we have organized your choices by semester or summer in the tabs under Build Your Program.
Students seeking such direct-enrollment courses taught in Portuguese (excluding the A1 – C2 language classes that is) should check out our partner schools’ website listings here:
The program also includes a portfolio of internship options for credit, a range of cultural immersion tours and the option for students to connect with a Portuguese family through our Visiting Family Program.
What makes SiPN unique is the fact that students can choose classes from any of the 4 member universities in our Lisbon network. The infographic below gives you an idea of how close each school is to one another and the SiPN student residence.
For an interactive Google Map showing exact locations, click here
The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD in Portuguese) is a private, non-profit, financially independent Portuguese institution.
Its main goal is to contribute towards Portugal’s development by providing financial and strategic support for innovative projects by fostering cooperation between Portuguese and American civil society.
It was created in 1985, from a decision made by the Portuguese government to create a private institution that on a permanent, flexible and independent basis would promote relations between Portugal and the United States, in the expectation that this type of exchange would further Portugal’s economic, social and cultural development. Its initial assets were formed by transfers of funds from the Portuguese government and resources resulting from the Cooperation and Defense Agreement between Portugal and the USA in 1983. Its initial endowments were € 85 million and since 1992 it has lived exclusively from the income on its assets, which now total more than €147 million.
The Foundation is a member of the main national and international foundation networks, namely the Portuguese Foundation Centre (CPF), the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the Council on Foundations and the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development.
The Foundation headquarters in Lisbon also house the bulk of the Foundation’s contemporary art collection.
Every semester the host-university of SiPN rotates between our 4 member universities.
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon – Summer and Fall 2015
ISCTE-IUL is constituted by four schools (all located on the same campus):
- ISCTE-IUL Business School (IBS)
- School of Social and Human Sciences (ECSH)
- School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP)
- ISCTE-IUL School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA)
ISCTE-IUL also has an institute dedicated to executive education:
- INDEG-IUL – ISCTE Executive Education
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. The strategic objectives of ISCTE – IUL are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture. While preserving its public university nature, ISCTE – IUL is currently one of the three Portuguese universities (along with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro) which opted for the Foundation Regime, which allows the school’s management to follow Portuguese private law.
With approximately 9000 students enrolled in undergraduate (52%) and postgraduate (48%) programs, 400 faculty and 200 non-teaching staff, ISCTE – IUL is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, student vacancies at ISCTE – IUL have always been fully occupied.
ISCTE-IUL is today part of both the Fundação das Universidades Portuguesas (Foundation of Portuguese Universities) and the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities).
All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements.
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) – Lisbon campus – Spring 2016
The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) is privately funded and recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. UCP is recognized for the quality of its teaching, excellence in research, and education for citizenship and human values, boasting amongst its alumni a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, several of the top CEO’s in the world, and recognized leaders in European politics, international law, economics and the arts.
The Catholic University of Portugal is a national university with 4 regional campi: Lisbon (headquarters), Porto, Braga and Viseu.
There are 3 Schools of UCP-Lisbon that integrate SiPN (they are all located on the same campus)
- Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (CLSBE)*
- Faculty of Law (FD)**
- Faculty of Human Sciences (FCH)***
* Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics is a triple crown accredited School ranking 25 on the Financial Times Business School List. Membership in this Elite group means the School is among the top 1% of business schools worldwide to be accredited by all 3 management associations EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. CLSBE is the only Portuguese School among the FT Top 25 and the best Business School in Portugal for the 7th year. Currently, 40% of CLSBE’s Professors are foreign and come from diverse countries, such as Italy, Turkey, Canada and Finland. The increased internationalization of the School can also be felt in the classroom, where more than half of the students are foreign, representing more than 50 nationalities.
** UCP’s Law School has also been consistently recognized by the Financial Times, which has selected Católica Global School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world, with its LL.M. programmes being included for the fourth consecutive year in this prestigious selection. Católica Global School of Law is the first global Law School in Europe.
*** UCP’s School of Human Sciences has been recently recognized by the prestigious Eduniversal ranking, with its Master in Arts Management entering straight to the Top 3 in the worldwide Ranking of Masters in Management.
All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements.
University of Lisbon – Fall 2016
The University of Lisbon (ULisboa) is a public research university in Lisbon, and the largest university in Portugal. It was founded in 2013, from the merger of two previous public universities located in Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon (1911-2013) and the Technical University of Lisbon (1930-2013). The history of a university in Lisbon dates back to the 13th century.
According to one of the most notable rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the newly founded University of Lisbon is ranked 1st in Portugal and 201-300 (overall) in the world. In the discipline of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, the university is ranked 76-100 worldwide.
There are 5 Schools of ULisboa that integrate SiPN – FL and IGOT are located in the same campus; ISEG and FA are located in two different campus (about 30min away from each other by bus), ISA is located on the west part of the city, close to FA.
All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements
NOVA University of Lisbon – Spring 2017
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three public state universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities.
NOVA is a decentralised university; its faculties and institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. In the academic year 2009/2010, NOVA had 18.343 enrolled students, 1 449 teachers, 769 non-academic staff and 237 researchers.
There are 2 Schools of NOVA that integrate SiPN (located 15 away from each other on foot)
*NOVA SBE is a triple crown-accredited school with three Masters programs and Executive Education programs in the FT rankings, and classified as a Universal Business School (5 Palms) with 11 Masters among the best in the Eduniversal rankings. Nova SBE is also a member of the prestigious CEMS network, having twice won the title of CEMS School of the year (2010, 2011).
Since its establishment in 1976, it has been a pioneer in Portugal in several areas, being the first to offer a full-time MBA program (1982), the first to start teaching in English and the first to be internationally accredited (EQUIS 2004).
Nova SBE has stepped up activity at an international level, not only as an institution but also in terms of its program portfolio. It has founded in 2009 an extremely successful business school in Africa – Nova Angola Business School, offers the only FT-ranked MSc in Finance in Brazil, and implemented Executive Education programs in such diverse locations as Mozambique, Brazil and Northern and Eastern Europe.
All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements
**Founded in 1977, the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) is an interdisciplinary unit with teaching and research objectives, characterized by the diversity and creativity of knowledge. Located near Lisbon city center, it hosts a total of 5,269 students, 2,909 in undergraduate programmes, 1,718 in masters and 642 in PhD programmes. It has 325 professors, almost all holding a PhD degree.
FCSH offers 14 undergraduate programmes (two of them in after-work schedule), during which students can benefit from mobility initiatives (e.g.: Erasmus), annually involving more than 350 students. In graduate training, FCSH offers nine postgraduate programmes, 50 master’s degrees and 26 PhD degrees, all provided in after-work schedule.
The excellence of research in Social and Human Sciences, one of the missions of FCSH, is assured by 17 research units assessed by international panels from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) – four of them rated as “Excellent” and eight as “Very Good”. Currently, the growing academic community at FCSH has about 1 200 researchers who are integrated and/or associated to a Research Unit, as well as many other co-researchers, students and research grantholders.
The SiPN program has received tremendous support from major institutional players in Portugal, in particular those whose mission is to bridge and foster the ties between Portugal and the US. All the universities in the SiPN network are accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science.
SiPN is the only study abroad program in Portugal supported and fully recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education.
Message from the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal
For those of you seriously considering studying abroad, there is no better location than right here in Portugal. Portugal offers excellent education at a reasonable cost, with many courses in English, and Portuguese universities are rapidly becoming as cosmopolitan as their American counterparts.
Portugal itself is probably one of the best-kept secrets in Europe, with amazing landscapes, miles and miles of beautiful coastline, a rich history, great food, all in a safe, welcoming and very affordable environment. My wife, Kim, and I invite you to share with us the joy of living in Portugal.
For a video narrated by Ambassador Sherman regarding SiPN’s official launch in 2014, click here
Message from the Executive Director, Fulbright Commission Portugal
The Fulbright Commission is proud to partner once again with the Luso-American Foundation in the launch of the innovative Study in Portugal Network. The program’s nature fits perfectly within Fulbright’s goal of fostering mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange between Portugal and the United States.
We believe that the Study in Portugal Network will amplify the promotion of Portuguese institutions of higher education in the U.S. and contribute to increasing the number of students choosing Portugal as an educational destination.
Otília Macedo Reis
Message from the Deputy Mayor for Education, Economy and Innovation, Lisbon City Council
The Study in Portugal Network partnership is the next step in an already extensive and successful set of efforts geared to cooperation, with the clear purpose of getting to know Lisbon as an excellent destination for study, research and entrepreneurship. Lisbon has a fantastic climate, magnificent scenery and a fabulous social life, together with modern and diversified research centers and high quality universities. Students from the USA who wish to come to Lisbon doing part of their studies can enjoy a rich academic and personal experience. Our universities have well-structured, consistent and innovative academic curricula and our city allows students to be in touch not only with European culture, but also to know a bit of history from around the world, resulting from more than eight centuries of history. At the end of your studies, who knows if instead of saying “goodbye”, you will just say “see you soon”!
Message from AICEP’s President:
FLAD, through its support of the Study in Portugal Network, allows American students to enroll in a world-class study abroad program at the best Portuguese universities. All of these institutions are ranked in the World’s Top 500 Universities (CWUR- Center for World Universities Ranking). It will also make a positive contribution to Portuguese companies, as they will benefit from those students who opt to enroll in internships for academic credit offered through the program. This is the reason why AICEP is wholly involved with SiPN, since it aligns so well with our mission. The Portuguese Government entrusted AICEP with the mission of encouraging the best foreign companies to invest in Portugal and thereby contribute to the success of Portuguese companies abroad in their internationalisation processes or export activities. The agency board is also confident that this program will enhance the quality of the curricula of both the American students and Portuguese universities and companies that receive them.
AICEP believes that this program is an excellent opportunity for many American citizens who might not be aware of the opportunities that Portugal offers, for example to learn about the quality of its education system and universities, the return to economic growth that the country is experiencing, and the investment opportunities that Portugal offers in a number of different sectors. Besides this, it provides opportunities for American students to have prolonged contact with a safe and hospitable country with a fantastic quality of life.
Besides the support in Portugal, SiPN (through FLAD, which articulates the various aspects of the initiative) has been receiving many inquiries from universities located in the US with whom FLAD has provided support in the past. SiPN welcomes inquiries from North American schools interested in developing partnership agreements with us.
As SiPN has just kicked off, the agreements with various colleges and universities in the US are underway. Check out our Facebook album regarding SiPN’s 5-week 2014 roadshow. SiPN visited various universities and colleges in the US.
If you are from a school that does not yet have an agreement with SiPN, please contact your home school Study Abroad Office regarding your desire to enroll in the SiPN program or send us an e-mail – [email protected] – so we can establish contact.
The SiPN Academic Council seeks to provide SiPN with tangible recommendations regarding academics, program policies, student issues and general programming.
- To serve as a sounding board for current issues in study abroad, and how those issues should affect SiPN programs and services
- To provide feedback for future direction of SiPN editions
- To assess current SiPN policies
- To formally evaluate SiPN sites and programs, and provide recommendations for improvement
Achieving the mission and goals of the SiPN Academic Council should result in the following outcomes:
- Detailed monitoring of program learning outcomes
- Continued excellence in SiPN program offerings
- Further strengthening of SiPN’s policies and student services
- Strategic improvements for stateside operations and program function in Portugal
- Promoting programatic changes based on regular external assessment of program outcomes
Current SiPN Academic Council members
- Prof. Michael Baum, SiPN Program Director, Luso American Development Fundation Administrator and member of the Executive Council
- Prof. Luis Ferreira, Vice Rector – University of Lisbon
- Prof. Maria José Roxo, Vice- Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon
- Prof. Isabel Capeloa Gil, Vice Rector – Portuguese Catholic University
- Prof. Nuno Guimaraes, Vice Rector of ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon
SiPN’s Coordination Council (CC) assures the vision and the day-to-day operation established and envisioned by the Academic Council.
Besides SiPN’s On-Site Coordinator, Ricardo Pereira, who will be available every weekday from 9am-5pm in designated office located at the host-university (+ 24/7 availability for emergency purposes), SiPN’s CC assures a peer-point based strategy so SiPN interests are always physically represented at each school of the network allowing a short lead-period response for all the program and students needs.
Members of the Academic Council:
- FLAD (Luso American Development Foundation) – Ricardo Pereira (Study in Portugal Network, On-Site Coordinator) – [email protected]
- UNL – School of Business and Economics – Susy Rodrigues (Undergraduate Programs, Executive Coordinator) – [email protected]
- UNL – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – Sandra Matias (Student Services Office, Director) – [email protected]
- UNL – Information Management School – Ana Sousa – [email protected]
- ULisboa – FL – School of Arts and Humanities – Ricardo Reis (Executive Director) – [email protected]
- ULisboa – ISEG – School of Economics and Management– Filomena Ferreira (International Relations Office and Public Relations Office, Director) – [email protected]
- ULisboa – FA – Faculty of Architecture – Paulo Pereira Almeida – [email protected]
- ULisboa – IGOT – Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning – Alina Isabel Esteves – [email protected]
- ULisboa – ISA – School of Agriculture – Luisa Louro – [email protected]
- UCP (Faculty of Law, Faculty of Human Sci., Lisbon S. of Business and Economics – Clementina Santos – [email protected]
- ISCTE – Universitary Institute of Lisbon – Sonia Henriques (International Relations Office, Director) – [email protected]
Prof. Michael Baum is the Director of SiPN and also an Executive Board member of the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). Prior to his nomination to FLAD by the Portuguese Prime Minister in 2014, Prof. Baum was a full professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (now on leave). More recently, he was invited to teach in the doctoral program in public policy at ISCTE-IUL. Besides his teaching and research interests in Portugal, Prof. Baum has a long history of personal and administrative experience linking the two countries. A two-time Fulbright grantee to Portugal (1993-94 and 2000), from 2001-13 he developed and directed an annual summer study abroad program at ISEG-UTL, now part of the University of Lisbon. From 2012-14 he developed and directed UMass in Lisbon, the first year-round study abroad program for the UMass system in Portugal. For 9 years he served as Chair of a department that served approximately 160 majors with 10 full-time faculty. He was elected for three terms as President of the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Senate, and for several years he served as co-chair of the Iberian Studies Group at Harvard University. Baum is a dual-national of Portugal and the US and is married with two children.
“I’m delighted to direct this program which aims to put Portugal more squarely on the study abroad radar of undergraduates from North America and beyond. Our goal is simple; we aim to create the most flexible and reasonably-priced study abroad program in Portugal. The program is tailored to meet the needs of many different kinds of students: those seeking an intensive immersion experience; those interested in year-long, semester, or shorter-term summer programs; those just starting out in Portuguese or those who are already quite advanced in the language; students seeking an international internship for credit; and enough courses taught in English in a variety of majors that students are not faced with the prospect of choosing between a study abroad experience and taking longer to graduate. With SiPN, students can study abroad and graduate on time for no more than what a typical semester living on campus at a state school in the US costs.”
Ricardo Pereira is a Portuguese native from the Lisbon area who spent his 12th grade year attending a U.S. high school in Ohio, where he lived with a host family and developed a close familiarity with American culture and near-native fluency in English. After returning to Portugal in 2006, he started university-level studies in Electronics and Computer Engineering at UNova, followed by a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. During and after his undergraduate studies, Ricardo worked in various tourism-related organisations. In 2012 he interned for 6 months with the Portuguese Consulate in Boston, helping to organise the Boston Portuguese Festival. In August 2012 he was hired by the UMass in Lisbon Study Abroad program as its On-Site Program Coordinator, where he oversaw the first 2 years of that program’s operation, based at ISCTE – IUL. During this time, Ricardo was accepted and began his MSc studies at ISCTE-IUL in International Management. He expects to finish his Master’s thesis by Summer 2015. Based on his experience running the day-to-day operations of UMass in Lisbon and successfully serving the needs of nearly 40 study abroad students for that program, Ricardo was tapped by SiPN’s Program Director in 2014 to develop the SiPN Program for FLAD and to take over as SiPN’s Program Coordinator in June 2015.
Starting in 2016, SiPN alumni will enjoy priority access to a second Fulbright grant to Portugal, which will be funded entirely by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). FLAD presently co-funds one of the Fulbright – Luso-American Foundation Study/Research Grants to Portugal.
These 8-month student grants to Portugal are open to US citizens with at least a Bachelor’s degree and who are pursuing masters or PhD level research in any area. Applicants who are SiPN alumni and whose candidacy passes through the initial selection process conducted by the International Institute for Education will enjoy priority access to the pool for this second Fulbright, dramatically increasing your chances of being selected for a Fulbright. For more information on how to apply for a Fulbright and eligibility requirements, go here.
See here a message about SiPN’s partnership with Fulbright Portugal by the Commission’s Executive Director, Otília Reis.