Quick Info

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Summer
  • : Partner Program
  • : Anthropology, Architectural Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Geology and Planetary Science, Global Studies, Health and Rehab Sciences, History, History and Philosophy of Science, History of Art and Architecture, Information Sciences, Integrative Molecular Biology, Intelligent Systems, Less Commonly Taught Languages, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Portuguese Language and Literature, Pre-Medical, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, West European Studies
  • : Early June - Late July
  • : $4,299 In-State / $4,499 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


By participating on this program, you will fulfill the three foreign culture requirements for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

ARTSC 189X: Portugal Internship Program (8 weeks, 6 credits)

This option gives you the ability to complete a full-time internship (35-40 hours per week).  You'll earn a total of 6 credits: 3 for June and 3 for July.  You'll need to check with your academic advisor to see if you can use the internship credit towards your major.

In addition to your internship hours, this option includes a structured internship course led by a faculty member in Portugal.  This is included in the credits that you earn from Pitt.



Experiential Learning

From the Study in Portugal Network:

"These internships run the gamut from placements with governmental organizations, NGOs, INGOs, or for-profit companies. Students may choose from internships in English or from among those where at least some fluency in Portuguese is a requirement."

Past placements include:

  • The Institute for Research and Innovation in Health Sciences (Lab Research)
  • Champalimaud Center for the Study of the Unknown - Neuroscience Research 
  • The Portugal Economy Probe
  • Fabrica de StartUps
  • University of Minho School of Health Sciences Research Domain
  • IBM: Marketing, Events, and Corporate Communication

Internship placements are limited and the sooner you apply, the more options you will have available to you.  You'll have access to the list of internships once you have met with Brice Lynn, Assistant Director.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

On a Parnter Program, you won't have Pitt faculty on the ground with you.  However, the SiPN has a staff that will provide academic, intern, and emergency support for you!

Professor Michael Baum is the Director of SiPN and also an Executive Board member of the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). Prior to his nomination to FLAD by the Portuguese Prime Minister in 2014, Prof. Baum was a full professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.   From 2012-14 he developed and directed UMass in Lisbon, the first year-round study abroad program for the UMass system in Portugal. 

Ricardo Pereira is a Portuguese native from the Lisbon area who spent his 12th grade year attending a U.S. high school in Ohio, where he lived with a host family and developed a close familiarity with American culture and near-native fluency in English. Based on his experience running the day-to-day operations of UMass in Lisbon and successfully serving the needs of nearly 40 study abroad students for that program, Ricardo was tapped by SiPN’s Program Director in 2014 to develop the SiPN Program for FLAD and to take over as SiPN’s Program Coordinator in June 2015.


On the program, you'll have a guaranteed single room in an international residence, living with other international and Portuguese students.  Located in the Santa Clara neighborhood, your housing is in the middle of some of the most desirable areas of the city and a short walk from buses, trolleys, and subway stations.  Plus, your transit pass is included in the program!  

Your housing also includes: access to a gym, WiFi, laundry (additional charge) and housekeeping, fully equipped kitchens, and common areas to relax!

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,299 $4,499
Arrive in Lisbon Depart Lisbon
June 1, 2018 July 30, 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Internship placement assistance
  • Housing (single room with access to a kitchen, WiFi, and gym)
  • Local cell phone for calls and texts to program staff and participants
  • Two weekend trips (exact locations TBD)
  • Two day trips (exact locations TBD)
  • International Health Insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Flight ($1,000-$1,400)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Program Deposit ($300, to be credited to your bill)
  • Meals and Personal Expenses ($1,000-$2,000)
  • Other cell phone and communication expenses (varies based on usage)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

All students who participate on this program are required to meet with Brice Lynn.  The internship placement process will take work and patience on your part.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.