Lisbon, Portugal's dynamic capital city, is changing fast. Portugal has seen a huge economic boom in the last decade, with young creatives and global funders reimagining the city, building on what is already there, while retaining the rustic charm and low cost of living.
History and Context
Get essential information about the city you're living in, including the major events that led to the present moment.
Cultural Field Trips
Bring your classroom learning to life through iX-sponsored excursions to points of cultural intrigue in the city.
A seafaring history spanning the entire world.
A dramatic tension playing out between old and new.
iXperience offers direct need-based financial aid to all qualifying students. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined entirely by your demonstrated need, and you'll have the chance to apply along with your iX program application. Applying for financial aid will not impact your admissions decision in any way.
It depends on what country you have a passport from. If you're from a visa-free country (like the USA), then you won't need to apply for a Schengen beforehand. If you're from a visa-required country (like China), then you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor visa to enter Portugal. iXperience can provide you with proof of accommodation/invitation letter for your application.
At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Like many European capitals, there are few dangers in Lisbon aside from pickpockets and con artists. People often use public transportation or walk around, even later in the evening.
In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.
You’ll be staying in a beautifully restored and historic building in São Bento – close to tons of cafes, restaurants, and historical landmarks. Bus stops are just a 2-minute walk away while the Metro is just 10 minutes from your door. The building is made up of larger, dorm-style rooms that on average sleep 4-6 people, with large communal spaces to mingle and work, an amazing shared kitchen for cooking and an outdoor area for summer BBQs.
Rooming is done on a first come, first serve basis and applying and paying your deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you do this, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room.
You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries in Lisbon is also drastically lower than in America.
Students can purchase daily, weekly or even monthly public transport passes with ease, allowing you access to a network of trams, trains and buses that connect you to the greater city, including your classes and internships. Uber, though, is immensely popular and affordable in Lisbon, and many students make use of the service to move around quickly and safely. iX will arrange transport for iX-official weekend excursions where public transport is not feasible.
There are gyms around the iX accommodation, most with monthly membership plans. They are fully equipped with treadmills, weight machines, and more.
This is really up to you. Portugal is relatively cheap for foreign visitors, despite higher costs in the rest of the Eurozone. Living in Lisbon can be "cheap" but not free. Students lived comfortably spending, on average, $1600-$2000 during their 2-month stay. Remember, accommodation and all iXperience excursions are included in your tuition. This amount is also dependant on how many independent excursions you arrange during your free time, but these usually add up to $300 - $700 in total.
It's the height of summer during the program! Because Lisbon is coastal, it's more moderate than some other parts of Europe, but it's still toasty. You can expect daytime temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with nighttime temperatures around 60. It'll most likely rain around 5 days every month. So basically, paradise!
No vaccinations are required for your trip to Lisbon. You can learn more on the CDC website here.
The Portuguese healthcare system was ranked as 12th best in the world in a World Health Organization report. Private care will be more than sufficient for most health issues, and won't cost too much.
It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee.
Our course advisors are experts at helping you craft the perfect summerBook a call
Build your summer. (5 mins)Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help you with your choice.
Choose between a written application or phone interview. (30-45 mins)Our application focuses on your behaviors, motivations, and aspirations. You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!
Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution and that you are approved to study abroad. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad adviser to make this easy. We highly recommend meeting with your study abroad office and other advisors about your summer plans.
Get your admissions decision.You'll hear back from our admissions team in two to four weeks, depending on when in the year you apply. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more detailed questions about the program or even put your parents in touch.
Secure your spot.As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying their deposit within two weeks.