ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

The Semester Program focused on Social Sciences, Humanities, & Business

The Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon was founded in 1972 as one of Portugal’s first modern universities, with the central aim of studying labor and social dynamics in a rapidly changing world.  Since its establishment, the university has expanded its disciplinary reach into four schools: Iscte Business School, the School of Sociology and Public Policy, the School of Technology and Architecture, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

On campus, students will find a robust intellectual tradition, mentorship from teaching staff involved in cutting-edge research, and a vibrant, multicultural environment. Of the approximately 10, 500 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, nearly 21% are international, coming from 98 different countries.

The university is actively engaged in collaborative projects, networks and partnerships around the world, including a range of educational, training, and research programs supported by the European Union. Through its commitment to internationalization, innovative research, and education aligned with professional standards, Iscte prepares its students for competitive careers and thoughtful lives in the 21st century.

Iscte is currently part of the most respected international accreditation and rankings and has been improving its positioning, both nationally and internationally.

Accreditations: Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of European Universities, Association of MBA’s (AMBA)
Rankings: Times Higher Education, Financial Times, Scimago Institutions Ranking, Round University Ranking, Webometrics, University Ranking by Academic Performance, U-Multirank.

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ECSH – School of Social Sciences

The School draws upon a faculty of highly qualified and experienced professors and researchers to offer a variety of courses at the graduate and postgraduate levels, covering the areas of Psychology, Political Economy and Anthropology, as well as Development Studies.

ESPP – School of Sociology and Public Policy

The School offers four undergraduate courses (in Sociology, Political Science, Modern and Contemporary History and Social Work, with an optional branch in Public Policy), nineteen Master’s courses (four lectured in English), and ten PhD courses. It also offers more than 30 postgraduate programmes, in these areas as well as in Humanitarian Action, Public Administration, Communication, Cultural Studies, African Studies, International Studies, Social Research Methods and Public Policy.

IBS – ISCTE Business School

Iscte Business School is an internationally accredited business school that pioneered the teaching of management and business sciences in Portugal. We are committed to provide our students with international education. Among our large portfolio of programmes and courses, many are taught in English. International students as well as invited faculty also lend a support to this endeavour on campus.

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ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa's Course Offerings

As a way of making sure all the courses that our students are seeing are always up to date, we invite them to visit the link below at ISCTE’s website.

Please click on the image below to explore ISCTE’s course list.


  • To see the english version of the website you have to click on the “ENG” button and then open the link again;
  • Make sure you select the language “English” for courses taught in english;
  • Make sure you select the term to see the courses offered on a specific semester: Fall semester is “1º semestre” and Spring semester is “2º Semestre”.

Portuguese Language for Foreigners Classes

Due to the fact that ISCTE only has Begginer level Portuguese Language classes for foreigners within a limited schedule, we recommend the students to take these classes at NOVA FCSH, located a 20 minute walk away from ISCTE.

Please consider the syllabi below.

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Portuguese Lang for Foreigners (A1) ISCTE 6 37 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Lang for Foreigners (A1) NOVA FCSH 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Lang for Foreigners (A2) NOVA FCSH 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Lang for Foreigners (B1) NOVA FCSH 6 56 Fall & Spring Download
Portuguese Lang for Foreigners (B2) NOVA FCSH 6 56 Fall & Spring Download

Direct Enrollment Classes - Taught in Portuguese

The lists of the courses taught in Portuguese are provided individually to students who contact Please note that ISCTE offers courses taught in Portuguese in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Modern and Contemporary History