Summer in Lisbon

Emory Portuguese Studies Program 2019

Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 - June 29, 2019

Emory's Portuguese Studies Summer Program is set in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and home to new technologies, biomedical research, fine arts, music, and an exciting cultural life. Set on seven hills along the Tagus river, Lisbon is an enchanting place. It has the added benefit of being affordable and Europe’s safest capital, easily navigable by public transport. Bearing the marks of its rich history, Lisbon boasts a vibrant and cosmopolitan contemporary culture.

During our program, we will focus on Portugal’s histories of slavery, immigration, commerce and cultural exchange with Africa and the Americas, from the age of maritime expansion to the present day, and reveal the way in which these have shaped the cultural landscape of Portugal’s capital.  

The course work, focusing on Portuguese culture and history, is complemented by regular group excursions around the city, one overnight visit to the city of Oporto, in the north of Portugal, and a day-long excursion to the south of the country.



This is an intensive academic program in which all students enroll in two courses: one focused on Portuguese language and one on Portuguese culture and history.

Portuguese Language (4 credits)

Intermediate, and advanced and native Spanish speakers take the accelerated introductory course PORT 114: Intensive Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers.

Students who have previously studied Portuguese take PORT 214 or 314: Mapping Lisbon Through the Arts. Both these courses use the arts and Lisbon’s urban landscape to further develop cultural and linguistic knowledge.

Cultural Identities (4 credits)

All students take PORT 334W: Portuguese Cultural Identities, a seminar which examines the history of Portugal, via an analysis of its capital’s cultural productions, from its early days to the present. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, we will focus on the Luso-African diaspora and Luso-Brazilian relations.


Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • Visiting students from other institutions are welcome to apply
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • One semester of Portuguese language study; or SPAN 202 or higher; or demonstrated proficiency in a Romance language 

Program Activities/Excursions

The program will include a variety of cultural activities: film, theater, concerts, and visits to cultural sites and museums. 

There will also be one overnight weekend trip to the city of Oporto, in the north of Portugal and one day-long trip to the Southern coast of Portugal.

For more details, students should contact Dr. Ana Catarina Teixeira.

Costs and financial aid

  • Tuition (8 credits): $10,120
  • Program Fee: $1,000
  • Total cost: $11,120


Fees cover tuition (8 credit hours), health and accident insurance, group activities, and housing in double-occupancy suites at a modern well-located apartment. Students cover their own travel to Lisbon and most meals.

Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible for a summer study abroad grant. The amount of the grant depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. 

Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholar Summer Study Abroad Awards.

Several other competitive scholarships are also available. For more information, please visit Emory College Study abroad at studyabroad.emory.eduor contact Jessica Mrase

Application deadlines and procedures

  • Applications will be open December 15th to February 15th, but early applications and contact with Emory College Study Abroad and program faculty are strongly encouraged.
  • Admission to this program will be based on application date, academic record, and an interview.
  • Students who have already studied Portuguesewill be given priority, but those with intermediate to advanced Spanish will also be considered.

Faculty and contact information

Please contact us to let us know of your interest and learn more about the program. We will hold several pre-departure meetings on the Emory campus during Spring 2019 semester.

Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira (Director)

Emory University

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese


Prof. Ana Leticia Fauri

Emory University

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese