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We’re excited to have you join SiPN for the upcoming semester or summer! Below you will find information pertinent for the application process.

Admission requirements

At the time of application, all study abroad applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Good academic standing at home institution
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited university/college
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors (rising sophomores may apply); Graduate students may also apply for coursework relevant to their level
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa (Summer program students don’t need a visa, more information provided post-acceptance)

In waitlist situations, SiPN favors applicants from partner institutions.

Admission deadlines

SiPN accepts applications until the deadlines below. Home university or school may have its own study abroad deadline, so students should be sure to check with their advisors about any internal application processes they must complete in addition to applying directly to SiPN.

  • Summer 2020 – March 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – March 30, 2020
  • Spring 2021 – October 30, 2020

Note: Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission.  This means that all application materials and application fees must all be submitted to the SiPN office in a timely manner, no later than 10 weekdays after the general application deadline.

Transcripts & Credit Transfer

All students will be required to submit a course pre-approval sheet as part of their application process. At the end of the semester, the SiPN On-Site Coordinator will receive transcripts from the local university where you took classes. SiPN will then develop a packet for each student that includes:

  • a cover letter from SiPN
  • a copy of the student’s signed and dated credit transfer pre-approval sheet from their home university
  • the original stamped transcripts (in English) from the Portuguese university partners
    • For example, if you take 2 courses from our core curriculum at University X, but then a Portuguese language class from University Y, and 2 other classes from University Z (all quite doable given the close physical proximity of our member schools to one another);
    • then at the end of the semester, such a student would have 3 stamped original university transcripts with grades in the 0 – 20 Portuguese scale, in English.
  • a copy of the SiPN grade conversion table that serves as a useful guide for your home university officials for interpreting your performance on the Portuguese grade scale.

These materials will then be sent back to the student’s provided address, usually registrar/study abroad advisor at their home university for credit transfer processing.

For all member schools, transcripts are generally sent within 60 days after the last final exams (2ª fase). Fall semester grades therefore typically go out around late March; Spring semester grades are only sent in early-mid October and Summer session grades also in October.

Note: final exam calendars vary slightly from school to school.

Extending your stay

It happens to many students: they plan to study abroad a semester, then once they’re abroad they wish they could stay the entire year. The good news is they can! If allowed by their home university, students have the opportunity to apply to extend your time abroad with SiPN.

In addition to that, SiPN offers substantial discounts for staying a full year or extending into the summer! Combining terms of study (e.g. a semester plus a summer program) includes a rebate. If students sign up for more than one semester/program/course, you are entitled to a reduction of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee of the second semester/program/course in the following amounts:

 

REBATES
Combination Rebate US$
One semester, fall or spring, plus one summer course $250
One semester, fall or spring, plus two summer courses $400
Two semesters $1000
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