PiP 2023 (1)

General Information

Princeton in Portugal 2024 will be held from May 18, 2024 - June 22, 2024. Summer programs are exclusively for Princeton University students. 

This summer program will take place in-person and in-country, but will be subject to factors such as University travel guidelines, government travel restrictions, and public health guidance.

Entirely coordinated and designed by Princeton faculty, Princeton in Portugal is made possible thanks to a partnership with CIAL (Centro de Iniciação e Aperfeiçoamento de Línguas). CIAL has been operating since 1959, holds numerous accreditations and certifications and provides language training for ERASMUS students, the World Bank, UNICEF and multinationals, in addition to student groups from all over the world. The facilities are centrally located, easily accessible and housed in a beautifully restored building with comfortable classrooms and up-to-date technology.

Princeton in Portugal is designed for those students who wish to accelerate their learning of the Portuguese language and enhance their Princeton education by further deepening their understanding of our world. The program will take place in Lisbon, Portugal and Cape Verde, West Africa for a period of five weeks.  During their time in Lisbon, the program will include intensive study, with students living close to the Center in a student residence or apartment. A carefully selected combination of classes, lectures and excursions aims to provide both a rigorous academic environment and a transformative and unforgettable cultural experience. The group will travel to West Africa to spend a week in Cabo Verde during program period. Formerly colonized by Portugal, Cabo Verde is a stable democracy and a unique case-study of creole culture and migratory and diasporic experience. We will tour the island of Santiago and explore postcolonial identity, and linguistic politics, art and grassroots activism and dive into rich local musical and dance traditions. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

About Lisbon

Lisbon, the oldest capital in Europe after Athens and set on seven hills along the Tejo river, is quite simply an enchanting place. It has the added benefit of being affordable and Europe’s safest capital. Stunningly beautiful, it bears the marks of its rich history and boasts a vibrant and cosmopolitan contemporary culture. Today’s Lisbon will provide the opportunity to investigate a number of topics, most significantly that of the Luso-African Diaspora. During our program we plan to look at Portugal’s histories of slavery, immigration, commerce and cultural exchange with Africa, from the age of maritime expansion to the present day, and reveal the way in which these have shaped the cultural landscape of Lisbon. Read more about the study abroad experience from past participants.


Patrizia D'Adamo
Communications Specialist / Study Abroad Administrator
Karen González
Manager, Finance and Administration
Nicola Cooney
Director of Portuguese Language Program
Program Director - Princeton in Portugal

Program specifics

Program Director: Prof. Nicola Cooney
Led by Prof. Nicola Cooney, Prof. Rafael Cesar and Prof. Andréa de Castro Melloni

  • Classes are exclusively for Princeton students.
  • Class content provided or supervised by Princeton faculty.
  • Based in Lisbon.
  • Course: 
    POR 265S/ AFS 264: The Luso-African Nexus
    Prerequisite: POR 107, 109, 199 or a 200-level course or instructor's permission.
  • Weekly excursions.
  • Break out trip to Cape Verde, West Africa.


Cost of Attendance

This Cost of Attendance includes direct costs, which are billed by the University, and indirect costs, which are part of the overall cost of participating in this summer program but are not directly charged on a student’s account. Please review the sections below to find expenses billed by Princeton University and estimated out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Tuition: $3,500 (this includes $500 non-refundable deposit)
  • Fees: $600
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment: $0 (covered by the program)
  • Housing: $1,100 (student residence/apartments; no meals are included)
  • Food: $850
    • $850: estimated out of pocket expense for all breakfasts, lunches and dinners (some group meals to be covered by the program)
  • Transportation: $1,300 (estimate based on departure from northeast, may vary depending on point of origin)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses: $500 (Includes: international phone plan, personal expenses such as laundry, local transportation, and toiletries)

Total Cost of Attendance: $7,850

There will be multiple cultural activities and excursions organized by the program, the costs of which will be covered by the program.

Expenses billed by Princeton University

  • Tuition: $3,500
  • Housing: $1,100
  • Fees: $600

Estimated out of pocket expenses:

  • Food: $850 (breakfasts, lunches, dinners - estimated)
  • Transportation: 1,300 (includes: international flight to/from the location, baggage allowance, transportation on site; may vary depending on point of origin)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses: $500 (includes: international phone plan, personal expenses)

Program Schedule

Subject to change

  • Friday, May 17, 2024 - Departure from US (overnight flight)
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024- Students arrive in Lisbon and go to student residence.
  • Monday, May 20, 2024- Classes start.
  • Sunday, June 2, 2024- Depart for Cape Verde, West Africa
  • Friday, June 21, 2024- Program ends.
  • Saturday June 22, 2024- Students leave student residence.

Application process

Students will apply through the Global Programs System (GPS). 

Applications will open December 1, 2023 and will close on February 9, 2024 at 11:59PM (EST).

The application consists of an application questionnaire, an essay questionnaire, and a recommendation form. Students are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline to begin the interview process early.