Program Information

The Portuguese Studies Program fosters direct intensive cultural and professional learning experiences for University of Louisville students in Portugal. The emphasis is on exposing students to the relations between urban and rural, between national, European and Lusophone identities, as they develop in this westernmost country in Europe.
  1. Study Abroad in Portugal
  2. Program Overview
  3. Program Features
  4. Courses Offered
  5. Program Cost
  6. Funding Sources
  7. Application Procedures

Study Abroad in Portugal

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Portuguese Studies Program sponsor summer study in Portugal for UofL undergraduate students.  Portugal, a key country in the history of globalization, is an important site for the study of society and politics in the European Union, and of links between Europe, Africa, the United States, and South America.

During the summer program, our student group will travel to universities in the Portuguese cities of Lisbon, Vila Real, and Chaves.

The U of L courses offered focus on:

  • The relationship between Portugal and Spain
  • Cultural traditions in Europe
  • European integration
  • The relationship between country and city
  • Tourism's effects on economics and politics
  • The relationship between ecology and politics
  • The Portuguese language


Program Overview

Students participating in the summer program will study at both the University of Trás-os-Montese Alto Douro (UTAD) and the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) in the cities of Vila Real, Chaves, and Lisbon.

University of Trás-os-Montese e Alto Duro (UTAD)

Because UTAD is one of the newest public universities in Portugal, it is dynamic, flexible, and open to new international contacts.  The main campus is in Vila Real; there are two satellite campuses, one in Chaves, and the other in Miranda do Douro

Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE)

ISCTE is the premier university in Portugal for study in the social sciences and business.  It is popular with European students wishing to combine the studyt of social sciences with the study of the Portuguese language.


Lisbon occupies one of the most beautiful natural settings in Europe.  The city of two million inhabitants was, according to ancient Greek myth, founded by Ulysses.  With age-old migration and trade connections to Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the rest of Europe, Lisbon is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Vila Real

Vila Real is a mountain city located above a spectacular river gorge in northern Portugal.  Continuously inhabited since the Paleolithic, it has numerous archaeological sites, as well as many palaces, natural parks, museums, and an active student life.


Chaves is a northern Portuguese city famous for its Roman past.  It is a frontier city; here Spanish and Portuguese society and culture interact intensely.  Chaves' surrounding landscape is strongly Mediterranean in character; the surrounding region is renowned for its hot springs and spas.

*For more information on UTAD, ISCTE, Lisbon, Vila Real, and Chaves, please visit the links page

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Program Features

  • Trips to Lisbon, Porto, and other Portuguese cities with world significance.
  • Excursion to Spain
  • Cultural events and field trips with local residents
  • Extensive contact with international students
  • Beach time at end of session

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Courses Offered

300-level Anthropology Course - 3 credits
ANTH 332: Ecology, Politics, and Culture - Examines the issues of economic development, the politics of water, tourism, ecomuseums and cultural identity in Portugal, Spain and Europe through classroom study and field trips to regions and cities in Portugal and Spain.
Portuguese Language Course - 3 credits
100 or 200 Level Intensive Portuguese.  Note: different levels are offered, from basic to advanced.  Absolute beginners are welcome.

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Program Cost

All accepted students receive Portuguese Studies Scholarships of $2,000, making estimated total student cost $1,900.  This includes:

  • Tuition for 6 credits (courses qualify for federal financial aid)
  • Round-trip airfare from Louisville to Lisbon
  • Room and board
  • Transportation for all program-sponsored excursions
  • Museum and other select educational fees

Program costs do not include meals and incidentals on site

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Funding Sources

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Application Procedures

If selected in mid- February, students must submit a program fee of $300, and pay course tuition of $1,566 (for the two UofL courses) by the summer school deadlines.  The $300 program fee is part of the estimated total student cost.

  1. Complete the application, available in the Department of Anthropology, Room 228 Lutz Hall (or complete the online application)
  2. Submit a copy of your unofficial UofL transcript.
  3. Turn in completed applications and materials to:
    Paula Huffman
    Department of Anthropology
    Room 230, Lutz Hall
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292
  4. Upon acceptance, submit Student Release & Assumption of Risk Form, Overseas Emergency Information Sheet, copy of passport, and copy of International Student ID card, along with program fee of $300

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