Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon)

Universidade Católica Portuguesa is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Utrecht University School of GOVERNANCE and School of ECONOMICS.

Student experiences

Student Experiences Lisbon

Read more student experiences on the SV Perikles website!


Exchange programme

Institute of Political Sciences


Academic calendar

Semester 1: September up to and including January

Semester 2: February up to and including June

Academic calendar (only in Portuguese)


Language of instruction: Portuguese & English

Language requirement: B2
UU students do not need to provide proof of their English proficiency

Areas of study open for exchange students

Governance students: courses at the Institute for Political Studies

Economics students:  Economics

Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

The following information is based on inquiries to International students who studied at Católica.

  • Meals: 300 - 400€/month
  • Monthly ticket for public transportation: 37€
  • Coffee: 0,6€


  • Renting a room: 300 - 600€/month 


  • Renting an apartment: 800 - 1200€/month

The University does not provide housing. Lisbon is a populair city and the demand for housing is high. Anticipate the time and effort it may take you to find a room, and begin your search well in advance of your arrival. Make sure to check a residence before renting it. 

As a reference, a 3 bedroom apartment in Lisbon can range from 800€ to 1200€ per month and a room in a shared flat may vary from 300€ to 600€, depending on the quality, size and location. 

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European universities use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and normally, you obtain 30 ECTS per semester

Study load per semester 22,5 ECTS (minimum) - 30 ECTS credits

See ‘keuzecursussen in het buitenland’ under Studeren in het Buitenland.

Additional information

7 semester places for Governance students (full year is also possible) 

2 semester places for Economics students

Erasmus code: P LISBOA01

Studeren in het buitenland voor USBO studenten

Note for Economics students

Please be aware that there are limited places for exchange student in the Economics courses.
Although we do not expect any issues we strongly recommend you submit your course registration as early as possible.

Student Organisations

ESN Lisboa -

Erasmus life Lisboa-

AA DUP (Law Faculty Academic Association) -

Social Media




Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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