Portugal

Program Overview

PORTUGAL: Lisbon

Saturday, June 29, to Friday, July 26, 2019 (4 weeks)

This is the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Portugal. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the language, culture and history of Portugal in one of the most vibrant and safest cities in Europe. Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world. Whether students have studied another Latin language, want to practise their Portuguese language skills or want to learn a new language altogether, this language course is tailored to meet students’ specific learning objectives.

The program is taught by the Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa (ICLP), a branch of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, which is located in downtown Lisbon.

Courses

Students enrol in University of Lisbon ICLP Portuguese language courses, but earn a University of Toronto credit (i.e., the U of T course number and grade will be listed on their U of T transcript). Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Classes take place Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Portuguese Language Levels

Students participate in the regular language courses offered by the University of Lisbon. Classes are small and include students from around the world, in addition to participants in the U of T summer program. Students have access to the library, university computers, canteens and the university stadium.

The program offered in Lisbon comprises three levels of language instruction with the following U of T equivalencies:

Instructor: University of Lisbon Faculty
Breadth Requirement = 1.

Field Trips: The University of Lisbon offers numerous fields trips throughout the program. Upon arrival, students are free to choose based on their areas of interest.

Placement assessment:  All Portuguese language courses require students to complete an online placement test that assesses grammar, reading and listening skills. This will ensure that students are enrolled in a level of study appropriate to their knowledge of Portuguese. Information about the placement test will be sent to applicants after the Summer Abroad application deadline. In addition to the online test, upon arrival in Lisbon, the ICLP faculty will also conduct an oral exam on the first day of classes to confirm the suitability of students in their assigned levels.

Because the oral exam takes place after students arrive in Portugal, students who have previously taken Portuguese courses at U of T risk being placed in a course they have already received credit for. Evaluation of the placement test and oral exam is done by ICLP. Every effort will be made to enrol students in the course to which they are best suited, but there is no guarantee that students will gain access to the level required for their U of T program of study.

Program Details

Saturday, June 29, to Friday, July 26, 2019 (4 weeks)

This is the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Portugal. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the language, culture and history of Portugal in one of the most vibrant and safest cities in Europe. Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world. Whether students have studied another Latin language, want to practise their Portuguese language skills or want to learn a new language altogether, this language course is tailored to meet students’ specific learning objectives.
The program is taught by the Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa (ICLP), a branch of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, which is located in downtown Lisbon.

  • Live in Lisbon – one of the most hospitable cities in the world! This historic city has a rich cultural heritage, with numerous sites, museums and cultural attractions.
  • Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The weather is typically hot and humid in the summer, with pleasant nighttime temperatures.
  • The University of Lisbon is the largest university in Portugal. The university was structured in 1911 around what are now its oldest Schools: Arts and Humanities, Law and Medicine.
  • The ICLP has as its mission to promote Portuguese culture and language to those who do not speak Portuguese. It has vast experience teaching Portuguese as a foreign language, reaching as far back as 1934.
      • The university is centrally located within walking distance from many attractions and accessible via subway.

Program Activities

      • The program will offer a welcome reception for all participants during the first week of classes.
      • A number of cultural activities (museums, historical sites, movie screenings, etc.) will be available for all students in the program.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will stay at a University of Lisbon residence, which is a 30-minute bus ride from the ICLP campus. The dormitory is home to both international and Portuguese students. Students in the program will be accommodated in double rooms. The total cost of accommodation is CAD$450. Students may opt to purchase meals at the cafeteria, eat out or choose to do their own cooking.

Flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own housing for the extra day(s).

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Portugal PDO, which will take place on May 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 1, 2019

Cost of Studying in Portugal

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $1,500 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $2,655 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Accommodation $450 Based on shared accommodation in off-campus residence
Airfare $955 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $500 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Textbooks $40 Estimate
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $3,821 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $4,976 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $2,000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Portugal will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear Summer Abroad staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor St. West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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