Princeton in Portugal


*STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON THE 2023 OPPORTUNITY ---  NOTE: Courses offered--POR 109S and POR 265S
Lisbon rooftops
Photo by Nicola Cooney

Princeton in Portugal 2022 will be held from May 21, 2022 - June 18, 2022 (updated March 18, 2022). 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.

View the recording from the virtual information session which was held on December 2, 2021. 

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. In four weeks of intensive study, with home-stays in families living close to the Center, a carefully selected combination of classes, lectures and excursions aims to provide both a rigorous academic environment and a transformative and unforgettable cultural experience. 

Photo by Julie Clack

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.


Program specifics

  • Program Director: Prof. Nicola Cooney
  • Led by Prof. Nicola Cooney and Prof. Andréa de Castro Melloni
  • Classes are exclusively for Princeton students.
    Photo by Julie Clack
  • Class content provided or supervised by Princeton faculty.
  • Based in Lisbon.
  • Courses:
    POR 109S: Intermediate Portuguese
    Students who have taken 101 & 102 may apply for 109S. Students who have taken 106 (formerly 108) are also eligible to apply for 109S. 
    POR 265S: Studies in Portuguese Language and Culture
    Students who have taken 106 (formerly 108) & 109 or 110 may apply to 207S. Students who took 208 may also apply to 207S.
  • Weekly excursions.

Program Fee

Program fee = $3,500 (Course fee: $2,822 + Homestay: $678) (charged to student account)
Estimated airfare: $1,000 (student pays out-of-pocket)*
Estimated personal expenses: $1,000 (student pays out-of-pocket)
Passport and/or Visa: varies (student pays out-of-pocket)

• Course fee – includes tuition, required course excursions and group events, and related academic expenses • Homestay – includes lodging with a host family and 1 meal/day (light breakfast), 7 days/week
• Estimated airfare – *flight cost varies based on point of origin; please check online or with a travel agent for more accurate estimate
• Personal expenses – includes meals not covered by the homestay and other refreshments, laundry, local public transportation, toiletries and other incidentals
• Passport and/or Visa – for more information:
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PASSPORTS: Routine processing is taking 8 to 11 weeks and expedite processing (for an additional $60) is 5 to 7 weeks. Students should plan well in advance to apply for a passport or to renew their passport.

Program Schedule

Subject to change

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022- Students arrive in Lisbon and go to apartment or homestay.
  • Monday, May 23, 2022- Classes start.
  • Friday, June 17, 2022- Program ends.
  • Saturday June 18, 2022- Students leave homestay.

*Quarantine and testing requirements are contingent on host country's guidelines for international travelers.

Application process

Students will apply through the Global Programs System (GPS).  Applications will open December 1, 2021 and will close on February 11, 2022 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. 

If you have additional questions about the program or financial assistance, contact Karen González.