I learned so much in Lisbon Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., Simmons College) for

CIEE: Lisbon - Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It is hard to pinpoint my gain from this program. I learned so much from it: about myself, my heritage, and also my family.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universiade de Nova Lisboa
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Most of my education came outside the classroom by talking to the Professors and the director. They were valuable resources when it came to learning about Portugal in a general sense (food, traditions, etc.).

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

He was great. Easy to talk to. However, I could tell when he was stressed out, and sometimes that made me uncomfortable asking him for help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

She was amazing. I absolutely enjoyed the time I spent with my host mother. Always willing to help, always willing to give advice and teach me!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

So much fun. So much to do. Too little time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Not really any issues.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
Language acquisition improvement?

It helped my grammar so much. And diving in to the language rather than being able to go back and forth was a big help as well.

Other Program Information

* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are looking for a true old European experience, this is the place to go. Lisbon, even though a large city, is still a calm and inviting one. It is one of the few places that has managed to resist a complete American life style, and is able to maintain its true culture.