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About the Lisbon, Portugal Program

The Lisbon program is a USAC Partnership Program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Lisbon

  • Population: approx. 505,000
  • Distance from Madrid: 8.5 hours or a little over an hour by plane
  • Distance from Paris or London: 2.5 hours by plane
  • Distance from Frankfurt or Rome: 3 hours by plane

Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese) is the capital of Portugal. It is the biggest city in the country, one of the oldest cities in the world, and one of the least visited of the European capitals. That doesn’t mean it lacks exciting things to do, interesting history or beautiful scenery. It boasts one of the mildest climates in Europe and includes stunning beaches and dramatic natural landscapes. The Tagus (Tejo) is the largest river and its estuary at Lisbon hosts various ships from around the world. It is also one of Europe’s least expensive capital cities and offers exceptional value for food and public transport.

The city has been buildt on seven hills - Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela - and it is full of historical, ornate architecture. Exploring the various neighborhoods, landmarks and monuments can be a delightful experience by one of its iconic trams. One of the most remarkable sights is The Ascensor de Santa Justa, a street elevator, that offers remarkable views of the city. Lisbon is also home to some inspiring artistic landmarks - colorful and whimsical Portuguese pavement. While out and about, find local concerts in restaurants and listen to Fado, a music genre originated in Portugal. Make sure you don't miss your chance at sampling Pastel de Nata, a quintessential Portuguese pastry!

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Summer/Fall/Yearlong: Deadline has passed
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 1


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



Overseas Credit

Program Capacity

30 students


English | Portuguese

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa Information