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We invite you to spend your January with API in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. Enroll with students from around the globe in a cross-cultural communications course (conducted in English) at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE), while living in one of the oldest and most inviting cities in the world!

Earn valuable academic credit, improve your communications 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

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
  • Entry requirements: valid passport 
  • University Approval Form
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Jan-Term Jan 3, 2024 - Jan 20, 2024 $4,900 Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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.

  • 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.

  • Belém

    Belém is widely considered Lisbon’s most monumental and historical area. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese navigators embarked on their voyages of discovery, including Prince Henry the Navigator (bound for Cueta, Morocco), Bartholomeu Dias (who rounded the Cape of Good Hope), and Vasco da Gama (who discovered the route to India). Christopher Columbus also stopped here on his way back to Europe after “discovering” the New World. Lisbon and Portugal prospered during this period of discovery, with gold coming from the recent conquered New World. Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery were built as many as other great constructions during this time period. In addition to seeing these sites, students will be treated to the very famous custard tarts (Pastéis de Belém) at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, which has been serving these delicious pastries since 1841.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 U.S. credits per session

Students who choose to study abroad in Lisbon during the January term with API can complete a cross-cultural communications course offered in English at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE).


API students will receive a transcript from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) upon successful 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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Courses at Instituto Universitario de Lisboa - ISCTE (Jan Term in Lisbon)

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  • Class taught in English
  • ISCTE features prestigious AACSB and AMBA business-accreditations

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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