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Education Abroad Office

Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Lisbon
Country: Portugal
Term: Spring

UofSC's exchange program in Lisbon, Portugal is designed to expose American students to Portuguese language, life, and culture. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the first business school in the country, with extensive experience in welcoming and integrating international students. CATÓLICA-LISBON, part of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, is a top European Business School and one of the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to be accredited by the three management education associations - EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. As an exchange student coming to CATÓLICA-LISBON, you can expect an interactive learning environment, an international class and faculty and a city that is regarded as one of the most desirable European capitals. Located in the heart of Lisbon, you can explore the city and the country, get to know the culture and the language, whilst being at the forefront of teaching and research in Economics and Management.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to CATÓLICA LISBON. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Lisbon. Living costs will depend on the type of accommodation you arrange and your lifestyle choices. CATÓLICA LISBON provides estimated costs for living in Lisbon. Utilize online living cost comparison tools like Numbeo to see what the average cost of a variety of goods in Lisbon will cost in comparison to Columbia. Students should budget at least $1,000 for monthly expenses.

In order to help you select the courses you will attend during your exchange, the Undergraduate Student Affairs makes available an up-to-date list of courses before every semester. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 US credits - please note that some scholarships may require students to enroll in additional credits.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

There are a number of activities that international students can take part in at the university. Learn more about sports and extracurricular activities on Catolica's Student Life page.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. You will need to provide a letter confirming your CISI insurance enrollment in order to process your visa application.

CATÓLICA LISBON does not offer on-campus housing, but The International Relations Office offers you assistance to find both Provisional and Permanent accommodation in Lisbon. To help you prepare your stay - they will send you a list of accommodation search links by email. Additionally, International Relations Office will provide individual help to find permanent accommodation upon arrival, during the Welcome Week.

Spring semester typically begins late January and ends mid-June. Exchange students will be provided with specific program dates once nominated and/or accepted to the program.

The Welcome Day occurs before or during the first week of classes and it is a very important part of your stay both at CATÓLICA-LISBON and in Portugal. Every semester, the International Relations Office prepares special activities to introduce you to the university and the city. Our primary goal is to help you get to know our school and other Exchange Students in a short timescale. We believe the activities organized during the Welcome Day hasten the integration of the exchange students, facilitating contact with the other students and providing all the necessary information about the school and life in Lisbon.

Non European exchange students are required to apply for a student visa prior to their arrival in Lisbon. CATÓLICA LISBON issues a special acceptance letter for visa purposes. This letter is sent directly to the students’ home university so they can present it at the Portuguese Consulate/Embassy of their country of origin, along with the remaining documentation, to apply for the student visa. Exchange students are required to have international health insurance only for visa application purposes.


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