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Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


Program Snapshot

Learn Portuguese in one of Europe's oldest cities! Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias is located in Lisbon, which enjoys one of Europe's best climates. The university boasts a wide range of degree fields and places a special emphasis on Portuguese language. Students with an intermediate level of Spanish can also apply, and enroll in a Portuguese course noting the differences between the two languages.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. The city lies more or less in the center of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain. Lisbon offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometres away from the city centre. Approximately 600,000 people live in Lisbon. However, if one includes the various satellite towns, the population of Greater Lisbon rises to approximately 2.1 million people.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: September to early August; Semester 1: September to mid February; Semester 2: mid February to early August.

Fast Facts
Lisbon, Portugal (pop. 600,000)
Language of instruction: Portuguese
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Course Information

School of Aeronautic Sciences; School of Communication, Arts and Information Technologies (Degree in Culture and Communication Science; Degree in Cinema, Video and Communication Multimedia; Degree in Applied Communications: Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations; Degree in Communication and Arts; Degree in Communication and Journalism; Degree in Design; Degree in Management Information Technology and Degree in Information Systems Engineering); School of Medicine and Heath Sciences (Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Degree in Heath Units Management); Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Degree in Biology; Degree in Engineering Sciences - Biotechnological Engineering; Degree in Engineering Sciences - Civil Engineering; Degree in Engineering Sciences - Environmental Engineering; Degree in Engineering Sciences - Industrial Management and Engineering; Degree in Engineering Sciences - Electronics Engineering; Degree in Natural Sciences - Engineering and Sea Sciences; Degree in Natural Sciences - Chemistry and Degree in Mathematics); Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Degree in Veterinary Medicine); Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Arts (Degree in Architecture; Degree in Geographical and Regional Development and Degree in Urban Planning and Land Use); Faculty of Law (Degree in Law); Faculty of Business and Management Department (Degree in Accounting, Taxation and Auditing; Degree in Business Management; Degree in Human Resources Management and Degree in Economics); Faculty of Physical Education and Sports (Degree in Physical Education and Sports); Faculty of Psychology (Degree in Psychology); Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Degree in Science of Religions; Degree in Politic Science and International Relations, Degree in Philosophy; Degree in European Studies; Degree in Lusophone Studies; Degree in History; Degree in Modern Languages and Literature; Degree in Social Service; Degree in Sociology; Degree in Translation and Interpretation and Degree in Tourism); Institute of Educational Sciences (Degree in Education Sciences)

Academic Notes
Recommended fields of study include cinema, video and communications multimedia, physical education and sport science, culture an communication science, psychology, and law.

Students generally enroll in five courses per semester, and spend 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in March/April for Semester 1 and in August/September for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: Non-native Portuguese speakers must meet one of the following requirements to apply:
1. A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Portuguese or the equivalent completed prior to program.
2. A combined minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Portuguese and Spanish or the equivalent completed prior to the program.
3. A minimum of 5 or more semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent completed prior to the program
Language Courses: Portuguese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester
Pre-Session: A 2-week pre-session, intensive Portuguese language course is offered before fall (SM1) semester and spring (SM2) semester.
Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Portuguese Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Portuguese Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on Course information. This will give you a list of all the degrees offered.
2. Click on a degree title for additional information.
3. Scroll down to the courses listed, and click on a course title to get detailed course description.

Housing and Meals
Students stay in university residence halls and dine in on-campus cafeterias Monday through Saturday. Students receive a meal stipend on Sundays to purchase food or prepare meals.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 350€ (euros). This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

During the Introduction Week the students will participate in the following activities:
1 – Welcome meeting – provided by and organized by the International Office. The Students will have the opportunity to meet other International Students, receive general information about the period abroad and get to know more about the University and the University Group.
2 – Introduction to Campus Life –student services, staff, activities, library, etc.
3 – Meeting with the Student Manager and the Staff Department – to meet the professors and the staff, and visit the facilities.
4 - Cultural Visits – the main goal is to provide an overview of the Portuguese History as well as a small introduction to the Lisbon area, monuments, environment, literature and natural resources. This includes visits to local points of interest.

Airport pickup is available if students provide their itinerary in advance. Lisbon is also very accesible by public and private transport.

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias is the biggest private university in Lisbon. The name comes from the word Lusofonia, which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background. It is a university where cultures and nationalities come together. The University assumes itself as the leading institution responsible for the development of these physical and cultural spacesof the Portuguese-speaking world of 250 million inhabitants believes that the best way one can become a better individual is through education. The atmosphere at Universidade Lusófona is safe, friendly and informal and our student’s benefit from small class size.