Universidade Católica Portuguesa  is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Lisbon, Portugal.

Student experiences

Read about the student experiences

Academic calendar

Semester I: September – January
Semester II: February – June

Academic calendar for undergraduate students

Academic calendar for master students


Language requirement: a minimum of B2 language level (CEFR) in English is required. For Portuguese a a minimum of B2 (CEFR) is recommended.

Course requirement: 51% of ECTS offered by the Faculdade de Ciências/Faculty of Human Sciences.


Areas of study open to exchange students

Students can take courses in Communication at the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas. If any places are available, students are also allowed to take some courses at the Institute of Political Sciences and the Faculty of Business and Economics.

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa also offers a Liberal Arts Curriculum in English. Information on this curriculum is available here. This Curriculum allows incoming students to attend some courses taught in English outside the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas. Nonetheless, students should enrol in at least 51% of ECTS offered by the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Portuguese, English

Housing assistance

The university does not have accommodation for students, but can help them find accommodation in Lisbon. The Universidade Católica Portuguesa has a private Female Students’ Residence Hall in Lisbon. Students should contact the Residence Hall for further information.

Recommended sites to find accommodation are:


Estimated living costs per month

This information is subject to change. It is meant to be an indication. Costs may differ due to personal circumstances.

Living in Lisbon is affordable. Students can spend an average of €700 / €800 per month.
• Housing (per month): €275 to €400
• Food (per month): €250 to  €350
• Meal in the canteen of the university: €3.47 - 4.59
• Meal in a restaurant: €8 to €12  
• Coffee (Espresso): €0.65
• Transportation (monthly pass): €36.20 (25% discount for students aged 23 or under)
• Subway ticket: €1.45 | Bus Ticket: €1.85
• Cinema: € 6-8
• Museum: €10


Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS

Number of places available

2 places per year. 

Additional information


Portuguese extensive language course available. You can find more information on the website. This language course is free of charge for incoming students. 

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also follow students who are currently abroad on Instagram!

Temporary address: Janskerkhof 12, 3512 BL Utrecht till July 18. We will be back at Drift 10 on July 23.
+31 (0)30 253 6046

Walk-in office hours

  • Monday and Thursday from 11.00h to 12.00h
  • There is no walk-in hour on July 22.
  • From July 29 till August 10 there are no walk-in hours. You can reach us by telephone and e-mail.

By appointment

You can make an appointment with one of the exchange coordinators, just send an email or call us.

Handing in and picking up documents

Monday to Friday from 11.00 to 15.00 at the Student Desk, Janskerkhof 12


Gerdien Ramaker-Zijlstra (Exchange Coordinator for Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Central and South America)
Monique Hanrath (Exchange Coordinator for Western and Northern Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America)
Tessel Arendsen (Support Officer)
Nelline Bogerd (Support Officer)