International Studies & Portuguese Language

Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Lisbon, Portugal

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    International Studies & Portuguese Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

    The Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP or often simply referred to as the Católica) is a private university that was founded in 1967. UCP has four campuses throughout Portugal, with the main campus being the "Palma de Cima", in the center of Lisbon. The campus is home to 9 of the total 17 faculties of the Católica, and ISA students will study at the Faculty of Human Sciences (all programs) and the School of Business and Economics (semester/year programs only). The UCP is dedicated to internationalization and maintains exchanges with universities and organizations around the world. The School of Business and Economics is AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accredited, and all courses at the UCP are accredited by Ministério da Educação, Portugal.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2025

  • Program Dates

    Early Jun, 2025 - Late Jun, 2025

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2025

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2025

  • Credit

    12 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) summer program is perfect for students looking to take courses in international studies and/or Portuguese language. All content courses are in English, and Portuguese language courses will be in the host language. Courses are open to international students and are taught by faculty at the UCP in their distinguished School of Business and Economics and Faculty of Human Sciences.


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Students must be currently enrolled at a higher educational institution at the time of participation in the program.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


Contact Hours

84 - 102

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability 

  • The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming term. The host university has not yet confirmed the current course list at this time. This site will be updated once ISA receives the updated list of courses, along with a note notifying all enrolled students of the change. 

Course Selection 

  • Students can take 2 courses total. You will be required to select alternate courses in the event of your top choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations, and/or registration issues. 
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites. 
  • Requests for more detailed sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Portugal Program Manager. 

Course Credit 

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home institution, for the duration of the program. 


  • The transcript from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa will reflect ECTS for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program. 

Language Placement 

  • Enrollment into Portuguese courses above the beginning level is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Please note that placing into a particular language level cannot be guaranteed. 


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Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Riley Dean

Program Manager, Portugal


Angel (Chicho) Eguiluz Pacheco

Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Portugal

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Portuguese lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Lisbon. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

The student apartments in Lisbon have shared kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. Bedrooms are typically shared, and meals and laundry service are not included. The location of the apartments will vary and are not located on campus. 

You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in ISA housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Portugal that you may not be able to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on one overnight trip and one day trip. The destinations shown below are the typical offering and may be subject to change.


Porto is one of the oldest European city centers, on the northwestern coast of Portugal. Its known as the city of bridges as well as for its production of Port wine.


Sagres sits on the western tip of the Algarve, with rugged landscapes, sea-carved cliffs, and historical significance as the home of Prince Henry the Navigator's School of Navigation. It offers visitors a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Cultural Activities in Lisbon

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Lisbon. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes the city special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, guided tours of historical sites and neighborhoods, and a visit to Sintra.


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