FAQs

1. What are the selection criteria?
Students will be selected based on general academic performance, performance in Portuguese courses at Princeton, engagement in the program (participation in language tables, conferences, and events promoted by Portuguese instructors), possible interest in being either a concentrator or a certificate student in Portuguese, maturity and openness to new experiences and international traveling. All candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee composed of Princeton faculty.

2. Does POR 207S work as pre-requisite for the 300-level POR courses?
Yes. After you take POR 207S, you can either take another 200-level POR course or any 300- or 400- level POR course.
 
3. If I take POR 207S in Lisbon, can I take POR 208 once I’m back to Princeton?
Yes. POR 207S is a pre-requisite for the 300- and 400- level courses, but you can also take POR 208 or any other 200- level POR course after having taken POR 207S. If upon your return to Princeton you’re not sure if the best thing to do is to take POR 208 or a more advanced POR course, we recommend that you talk to the Director of the Portuguese Language Program, who will be able to help you find the best choice.

4. If I have already taken POR 208 at Princeton and I want to polish my language skills, can I take POR 207S in Lisbon?
Yes. POR 207S does not have the same content of POR208, even though the language level is approximately the same.

5. Can the courses in Lisbon be taken pass/fail?
No.
 
6. Do I need a passport and/or a visa to travel to Portugal?
Yes. You must obtain or renew your passport prior to the trip. U.S. citizens do not need a visa, but citizens of some other countries may need a visa. Passport and visa processing can be a lengthy process which takes several weeks. Please apply early.

For information on how to obtain a visa on your own, check the website of the Consulate General of Portugal in Newark, NJ.

7. When do I need to arrive in Lisbon?
You should arrive on Sunday, June 4th.  The Lisbon airport, also known as Lisbon Portela Airport, is right inside the city.  There are good transport connections, including subway, to the area were the school and accommodations are located.  A taxi to your homestay will not cost more than 15/18 euros.

8. When should I plan on leaving Lisbon?
Program activities will conclude by the afternoon of June 30. You may leave that evening or wait until the following day. Students must leave their host families no later than Saturday, July 1.

9. May I arrive to the program late?
No. The program is very intensive and group orientation from the beginning is very important. No exceptions will be made.
 
10. What additional costs will there be?
You will need to pay for your round-trip transportation to/from Portugal, approximately $1,200. Textbooks and course materials will cost around $100. You may have to pay fees to obtain or renew your passport or visa. These fees vary.  We suggest approximately $500 in pocket money for meals, night outings and transportation within Lisbon.
 
11. Can I make housing arrangements by my own?
No, the program is a package that includes housing. CIAL makes the best possible match based on a questionnaire distributed to all students before departure, as hosts vary, from individuals to young families with children, but all living within easy reach. 
 
12. What expectations should I have regarding meals?
Host families will provide a Portuguese breakfast. Restaurants and cafés are plentiful and inexpensive in Lisbon. Meals cost around 10 Euros.
 
13. What should I expect regarding safety?
Lisbon is considered to be Europe's safest capital city. However, usual precautions apply, especially when going out at night.  
 
14. Do I need to purchase health insurance?
Purchasing international health care coverage may enable the traveler to obtain medical care, at certain facilities, without large financial outlay prior to treatment.  More information can be found with our preferred insurer, HTH Worldwide. 

15. Financial aid
Financial aid does not carry through the summer. If you are currently receiving financial aid, you may apply for a loan for up to the total cost of the program less any other University grants or scholarships you receive. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese will award a limited number of scholarships to students on financial aid. Students may also apply to the Office of International Programs for a grant from Dean's Fund for Study Abroad. Please be aware that the application deadlines may vary. You do not have to wait for acceptance to the program in order to apply for a grant.

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