Study Abroad in Portugal

The Portuguese Studies Program sponsors summer study in Portugal for UofL 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.

Summer 2024 Program Overview 

Option 1: Archaeology Field School at Lapa do Picareiro

Students will participate in archaeological excavation at the cave site, Lapa do Picareiro, in central Portugal. This cave contains deposits dated from the Iron Age, Bronze Age, Neolithic, Upper Paleolithic and Middle Paleolithic. The course will focus on the Upper and Middle Paleolithic deposits, addressing the problem of Neanderthal extinction and replacement by modern humans.

Students will learn the practice of archaeology emphasizing modern methods of survey, excavation and analysis used to investigate the past. In addition, students will learn basic techniques in artifact recovery and identification.

* This is a labor-intensive effort that requires hiking on steep slopes and lifting heavy objects

Dates: June 13- July 28

Stay: Mira de Aire

Highlights: Program includes an international mix of students and faculty from the US, Czech Republic and Portugal

Cultural activities: Field trips to local museums, points of interest, cities such as Porto and Lisbon.

Cost: All accepted students receive:

Round trip airfare
Room and board


Option 2: University of Algarve, Portuguese as a Foreign Language
This is a 4-week course in Portuguese language taught at various levels by faculty at the University of Algarve on the south coast of Portugal. The students will take placement tests to determine the appropriate level. The course is taught on the Gambelas campus where students will reside in dormitories.

There is a programme of cultural activities. These activities will take place in the afternoon about twice a week and on 1 or 2 Saturdays. These cultural events cover excursions to historical sites in the Algarve, nature reserves, boat trips, or a simple outing into the countryside or to a traditional Algarve village.

Dates: TBD, normally July (registration is not yet open)


Cultural activities: excursions on Saturdays, twice weekly cultural events

Costs: all accepted students receive

€350 tuition/fees
Round trip airfare






Application Procedures (Due March 8, 2024)

Applicants must be UofL students in good standing
Minimum 3.0 GPA


Complete online application:

Applicants must include name and contact of one reference, upload cv/resume and unofficial UofL transcript
Upon acceptance all participants must complete and submit: Student Release & Assumption of Risk Form, Overseas Emergency Information Sheet, copy of passport, and copy of International Student ID card. Turn in materials to:
 Paula Huffman, 
Department of Anthropology
, Room 230, Lutz Hall
, University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

For more information contact:

Dr. Jonathan Haws
Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology
Co-Director, Portuguese Studies Program

Lutz Hall Room 231
Email: Dr. Haws