Princeton in Portugal

General Information

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. Students will also engage in a local community service project during their time in Lisbon. Program dates for Summer 2019 TBD.
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.

Program specifics

  • Classes are exclusively for Princeton students.
  • Class content provided or supervised by Princeton faculty.
  • Based in Lisbon.
  • Maximum of 18 students, divided into two levels.
  • Courses:
    POR 109S: Intermediate Portuguese
    Students who have taken 101-102 may apply for 109S, as well as students who have taken 106 (formerly 108).
    POR 207S: 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.
  • Directed by Pedro Meira Monteiro and Nicola Cooney.
  • Weekly excursions.
  • The program fee (TBD for 2019) for 2018 is $3,700 (Covers tuition, excursions, and home-stay with breakfast).  Airfare, books, pocket money for meals and incidentals, and passport fees are not included.  Please see FAQs for more details about out-of-pocket expenses. 

Application process

Students will apply through the Global Programs System (GPS).  Applications and more information will be available later this Fall.  Please follow the instructions in GPS.

Princeton Global Programs System

Financial Assistance

  • Students on financial aid are eligible to receive a partial scholarship from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Students on financial aid are also encouraged to apply for a grant from Princeton’s Office of International Programs.
  • For summer courses, the Office of Financial Aid offers aid recipients student loans to help meet costs. See the Summer School Funding Information.
  • Special consideration will be given to students planning to concentrate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information, contact Prof. Nicola Cooney.

Lisbon rooftops

Photo by Nicola Cooney


Photo by Julie Clack

School building

CIAL in Lisbon


Photo by Julie Clack