The bread, the chorizo, the seafood, and of course, the famous pasteis de nata. Lisbon’s foodie scene is humming. Explore local cafes, indulge in a thousand different pastries, and then walk it off on the beautifully cobbled streets.
Lisbon is extremely well connected, both internally, and to other European cities. As the Age of Discovery birthplace, and ranking at 19 out of 140 countries for infrastructure and transport, you can trust getting around will be effortless. Paris for a long weekend? Totally doable.
Wander through the colorful castles of Sintra, explore endless cathedrals, or the super modern art galleries and museums. Lisbon’s clash of old-world and new, grit and grace means that the arts and culture scene crackles with young energy.
Lisbon's endless summer is every sun-seeker's dream. Soak up the sun while listening to traditional Fado at a city square, watch the sunset over Lisbon from a buzzing lookout point, hit the beaches, and tour the coast to make the most of it.
Famously tiled buildings, narrow cobbled streets, noisy street trams, and steep hills gives the architecture in Lisbon its dramatic feel. The new economic boom also means that it’s undergoing a serious transformation, while retaining its rustic character.
iX is no vacation. You'll hit the ground running with high-intensity classes that will push you to learn faster than you thought possible. Our courses blend foundation theory with practical skills, so you'll be learning things you can actually use—not just cram for the test. The good news: you'll be surrounded by like-minded students who are just as hungry to learn and grow as you are.
After two weeks of training, the real fun begins. You'll be matched with a local company and tasked to work on one of their projects. This gives you a taste of professional life—as well as concrete deliverables you can add to your resume to show future employers. Don't worry: you'll still have class and plenty of support from your teaching staff, who'll serve as guides as you navigate your internship project.
All non-EU nationality students attending iXperience Lisbon are required to apply for a visa. We'll give you more information about your visa requirements once you're accepted into the program.
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 will 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.
iX is all about community, and expanding your social networks is a significant part of what makes our programs so unique. Because of this, iX will handle your rooming placement in gender-specific rooms.
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. Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be arranged by us.
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 during their 2-month stay. Remember, accommodation and all iXperience excursions are included in your tuition. This amount is also dependant on how many 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 arranged travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, your university health insurance will often cover international travel, and independent insurance schemes are quite affordable.
We recommend chatting to your medical service provider about the process of taking out travel medical insurance that guarantees that you will be covered for any emergency while in Portugal. Please note that this is a step that you will have to complete on your iXperience student portal.