Semester at SiPN

Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Lisbon (ALAL)

Hosted at ULisboa’s notable School of Arts and Humanities, SiPN’s Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Lisbon (ALAL) aims to enhance undergraduate liberal arts education by providing students with an immersive Portuguese education experience. Seated alongside other Portuguese, Europeans, and students from other Portuguese-speaking countries, U.S. SiPN students have the opportunity to authentically engage with Portuguese language and academic culture, while having the support of handpicked ALAL Faculty that are familiar with US pedagogy to help students achieve their educational goals.

The ALAL program is geared towards students who:

  • Are Looking for an immersive academic experience studying alongside Portuguese university students.
  • Are willing to go further in terms of exploring Portugal and the larger Lusophone space.
  • Interested in taking most if not all coursework in Portuguese.
  • Are at B1 Level of Portuguese or have taken at least 3 semesters of Portuguese at their home university (or equivalent capacity).
  • Want to combine coursework with an internship/junior research experience (Spring semester only).


This semester program allows students to choose up to 5 courses taught in Portuguese from within the following concentration areas:

  • Art Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • English Studies
  • North American Studies
  • Portuguese Studies
  • Romance Studies

ALA Program Dates

Depart from the US: January 18
Arrival in Lisbon: January 19
ALA Orientation: January 20
Classes at FLUL start: January 22
Classes at FLUL end: May 10
Departure from Lisbon: May 31*

* All ammenities are included until the departure date, even if your classes end earlier than 05/31.

Course Offerings

Although classes are primarily taught in Portuguese, there is the possibility of scheduling tutoring sessions with the professor during their office hours. The number of international/exchange students in each class may justify a change from Portuguese to English during classes. Modifications or adjustments to the instruction language of the courses are to be addressed by the Professor in charge and can be decided on a course-by-course basis.

The course’s assessment can always take place in English if requested by the student.

Portuguese Language Classes

To enhance your level of Portuguese level SiPN recommends all students to include in course of Portuguese language class. The placement test to define what level of Portuguese the student is will be made once the student arrives in Portugal, during orientation week.

Course Title
Contact hours
Portuguese Language Course for Foreigners (A1) 6 56 Fall & Spring Download 
Portuguese Language Course for Foreigners (A2) 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Language Course for Foreigners (B1) 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Language Course for Foreigners (B2) 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Language Course for Foreigners (C1) 6 56 Fall & Spring Download

About University of Lisbon

Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) is the largest university in Portugal and is one of Europe’s leading universities. Heir to a university tradition that spans over seven centuries.

ULisboa brings together various areas of knowledge and has a privileged position for facilitating the contemporary evolution of science, technology, arts, and humanities. The quality of teaching, research, innovation, and culture of ULisboa is attracting an ever-increasing amount of talent from around the world.

About School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Established in 1859, the School of Arts & Humanities has a vital international component. It currently conducts research projects across the world in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. It hosts students from 50 nationalities and includes a vibrant language center where courses in more than 20 different languages are regularly offered.

The School of Arts and Humanities is the third largest of the eighteen schools of Universidade de Lisboa. Its teaching and research have always focused on the main areas of the humanities: literary studies, philosophy, history, and linguistics. Over time these areas were often reconfigured so as to encompass new topics of development and interest.