CIEE-Lisbon: Business and Culture

Program Details

Program Location Lisbon, Portugal
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31034
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/31/24 to 12/14/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/20/24 to 05/04/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Lisbon: Business and Culture

Older than London, Paris, and Rome, the hilly seaport of Lisbon has always been a major political, economic, and cultural European center. Portugal's capital city is full of intriguing contrasts, from its tiny shops with fading facades to its mega malls and narrow, cobble-stoned streets to its wide-open vistas. With generous attitude toward foreigners, Lisbon boasts a holiday vibe and mild climate, making it a welcoming place with plenty to explore.

When you study abroad in Lisbon, you'll live and learn in one of the safest and most vibrant cities in all of Europe! During your time abroad, you'll discover Lisbon's vibrant entrepreneurship culture. The city is home to several startup hubs and international co-working spaces that promote learning to help you thrive in today's globally diverse business world. Lisbon also houses many familiar world-wide companies - including Google, MasterCard, CISCO, and KPMG - that you may come across during your program.

Set in the business center of the city, CIEE Lisbon is conveniently located near Lisbon's major universities, public transportation, and plenty of small pastry shops where you'll be tempted to taste a different sweet treat each day of your time abroad! When at CIEE Lisbon, you'll have every opportunity to meet the local staff and spend time with other CIEE students.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Lisbon: Business and Culture

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

When class is in session, you'll take courses at CIEE Lisbon and CIEE's partner schools, Universidade Nove de Lisboa and the Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e de Empresas-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). All your courses will be delivered by highly qualified faculty, who will give you insight into global business concepts and critical economic issues. Outside the classroom, your courses will be complemented with co-curricular activities and excursions organized by CIEE to enhance learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Students will take:

  • One intensive Portuguese language course tailored to their skill level
  • Two business courses (CIEE and/or host university courses)
  • Two to three additional elective courses (CIEE or host university courses)
More information about courses can be found here.


Overnight Excursion

This program includes an overnight excursion to the second-largest city in Portugal: Porto. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is known for its architecture, amazing landscapes, and magnificent bridges. It is also the birthplace of the world-famous port wine. Our featured program excursion includes a scenic walking tour around the best hidden gems of the city, a dinner and a concert at Casa da Musica, and a tour (including lunch) of the Serralves Foundation.

Other Excursions & Activities

  • A visit to Evora, a beautiful, historic city located in Portugal's Alentejo region, which is known for its cork and wine
  • Getting to know Setubal, a town south of Lisbon, known for its beautiful coast and wonderful cuisine
  • Participating in a workshop at a local sustainability start-up
  • Discovering Cascais and its stunning beaches
  • Painting your own tile at the National Tile Museum


Homestays: Live with a Portuguese family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city's language and culture. Each student has an individual room. Breakfast and dinners are provided seven days a week. Dietary needs may be accommodated.

Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local students, and international students. Students live in single, double, or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and commons areas. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,756.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,500.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,100.00
Local Transportation $120.00
Visa $150.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $1,050.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $220.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-Lisbon: Business and Culture

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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email