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Where rustic meets the 21st century.

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.

Food

Food so good, it's hard not to try it all.

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.

Travel

A gateway to Europe and beyond.

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.

Culture

Visit all 7 Wonders of Portugal.

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.

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Sun and sea.

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.

Architecture

Architectural gems from every century.

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.

Intense learning meets practical applications.

iX programs integrate classroom learning with high impact work experience, so you gain the skills to boost your resume.

First 2 weeks: Intense Bootcamp

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.

Next 4 weeks: Class & Internship Blend

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.

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These are the courses you can take in Lisbon.

Course Session 1 Session 2
Data apps Data Science
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May 26 - July 6
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July 7 - Aug 17
(Full)
Asynchronous programming Full Stack Coding
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May 26 - July 6
(Full)
July 7 - Aug 17
(Almost Full)
Problem solving Management Consulting
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May 26 - July 6
(Full)
July 7 - Aug 17
(Almost Full)
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Last places for 2019 are being filled on rolling admission.

What does rolling admission mean?

We're considering the last applications as they come in, meaning remaining places could fill at any moment. Please apply as soon as possible if you'd like to be considered. You can expect a decision within a week.

Is financial aid still available?

Yes. You can apply for need-based financial aid during the online application. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined by your demonstrated need, and applying for financial aid won't affect your admissions decision.

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Frequently asked questions about Lisbon

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Do I need a visa before I arrive in Portugal?

It depends. If you come from a visa exempt country (please check online), then you won't need a Schengen visitor visa beforehand. If you come from a non-exempt country, then you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor visa at your closest Portuguese Embassy.

How safe is Lisbon?

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.

What is the accommodation like?

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.

How does rooming work?

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.

Are meals included?

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.

How does daily transport work?

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.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Lisbon?

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.

What’s the weather like in Lisbon during the program?

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!

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Lisbon. You can learn more on the CDC website here.

How good are the medical facilities?

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.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

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 at a significantly reduced cost.