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We invite you to spend your summer with API in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. Enroll in intensive Portuguese language classes at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (offered at all levels) with students from around the globe, while living in one of the oldest and most inviting cities in the world!

Earn valuable academic credit, enhance your language skills, experience life in this charming European capital city, and see why Lisbon is on the top of so many "must visit" travel lists!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance


Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Portuguese speakers
  • Completed API application
  • Official transcript
  • Statement of purpose
  • Supplemental application requirements are solicited upon receipt of API application
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
  • University Approval Form
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun, 2024 - Jul, 2024 $5,500 Apr 1, 2024 No Extension May 1, 2024

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Lisbon programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Mafra

    King Jõao V paid for the enormous baroque and neoclassical palace and monastery at Mafra with colonial Brazilian gold in the eighteenth-century; construction took more than thirty years and, at its peak, the project employed up to 45,000 workers. The palace (which inspired Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to write his novel, Baltasar, and Blimunda) includes a magnificent library, which encapsulated all knowledge of the age, and a sumptuous basilica.

  • Sintra

    Following a short train ride from Rossio Station in Lisbon, students will tour the magnificent National Palace of Sintra, the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. Following a tour of the manor house and gardens of the romantic nineteenth-century Quinta da Regaleira estate, the group will enjoy lunch in the unique ambiance of Sintra’s restaurants (with traditional regional pastries). An afternoon walk around the Castle of the Moors, on the heights above town with excellent views of the coast, completes this trip.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 4 semester credits

Students who choose to study abroad in Lisbon with API will learn about Portugal’s many major contributions to world history and have the opportunity to brush up on their Portuguese language skills in one of Europe’s up-and-coming “hot” destinations.


API students receive their transcript from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) upon completion of their program.

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    Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program!


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    Carlos Loureiro

    Carlos Loureiro will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.


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NOVA operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. semester credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits.

Below is a sampling of courses offered. For the most up-to-date course availability, click here to explore our Class Finder.

Courses at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • Classes taught in Portuguese

API students in Lisbon live in furnished student apartments or in a student residence hall with other API participants and/or international students. All accommodations are within a 20-25 minute commute from the university via public transportation. Most apartments have single rooms, and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living areas. Student residence halls have single rooms with ensuite bathrooms and shared kitchen and living areas.

Students are responsible for providing their own meals as these are not included in the program fee.

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