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Fast Facts:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): International Business, Legal Studies in Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: English, Portuguese Language Prerequisite: None, but some knowledge of local language advised
Secondary Application Required: Yes Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Alframbra district of Lisbon
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Past Participants

Program Description


The University
The Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE) is the most prestigious Business School in Portugal and a leading Business School in Europe. It is the faculty of economic and management sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nova). Founded in 1973, Universidade Nova de Lisboa is the youngest of the public universities in Lisbon, earning its name as the "New" (NOVA) University of Lisbon.

Nova SBE is one of 59 Triple Crown business schools worldwide with accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. It has been the first Portuguese business school to acquire international accreditations.

Nova's campus occupies a vast area in downtown Lisbon. It is a decentralized campus with buildings in different areas. Typical of European universities, the business school holds classes in one main building. 

Lisbon is something of a rarity among European capitals – a laid-back city that exudes a decidedly old-fashioned charm, with clattering trams, café-lined boulevards and grandiose monuments to its famous seafaring sons. The city will surely win you over with its genuine friendliness and blissfully relaxed pace. At once nostalgic and progressive, Lisbon's charm shines through in everyday life -- listening to the mournful fado songs in the Moorish Alfama's alleys, indulging in custard tarts in gilded Art Nouveau patisseries and living it up at a Bairro Alto street party.

Without a doubt, Lisbon is a happening place to study abroad. Each year, the beautiful capital city hosts numerous international events and festivals. There’s always something to do while exploring and enhancing your understanding of Portuguese culture and international business. 

Student Life
Studying at Nova SBE is an enriching experience that goes far beyond the classroom. Throughout your semester you'll be able to participate in various student groups and initiatives that will contribute to your education and development as a student and also as a person and citizen of a globalized world. For more information about student organizations and campus life, visit

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
The Fall semester runs September - mid-January with optional resit exams taking place late January to early February. Final exam dates cannot be changed. Fall students receive the exam schedule the June before the semester begins at Nova. For a sample exam schedule, see Nova Exam calendar - AY 17-18_June 29.pdf

The Spring semester at Nova SBE runs February - mid-June with optional resit exams taking place in mid- to late June. Final exam dates cannot be changed. Spring students receive the exam schedule the December before the semester begins at Nova. For a sample exam schedule, see Nova Exam calendar - SP18.pdf.

If you are planning to study at Nova for one semester only, we recommend the Spring semester so that you avoid potential conflicts with the Spring academic calendar at Tulane. 
Ranking and Rigor
Top 151 - 200 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 
Top 101 - 150 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at Nova is generally similar to Tulane. 

Business Courses
Courses in the undergraduate level are full-time and are offered from Monday to Friday. Exchange students make their choice from a list of available courses for exchange students. A typical Nova SBE student takes four / five courses per semester, corresponding to about 30 ECTS credit units. Undergraduate courses are structured in semesters. Each class typically meets three times per week for 12 weeks. 

About 70 percent of the undergraduate courses are taught in English. Undergraduate courses are available on the website at the following link:

Courses are available in Portuguese for students with an advanced intermediate command of Portuguese. 
For a list of courses commonly offered at Nova and Tulane Equivalencies, please see
Language Classes
The Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH) organizes a Portuguese language and culture course targeted to foreign exchange students. Classes are held in its facilities located at Av. de Berna, n. 26–C, P–1050 Lisboa (a 20-minute walk from Nova SBE). Language courses are credit-bearing, optional and offered at an additional cost (approx. €450). More information is at: The International office will send the students all information regarding the Portuguese Course.

Exchange participants submit the Nova SBE learning agreement as part of their secondary application. Be careful that course times don't overlap. There is no automatic system in place at Nova to keep you from registering for two classes at the same time. 

Academic Culture
There are both theoretical and practical classes. Most courses have one practical class and two theoretical classes per week. 

Each course’s evaluation can be based on a student’s participation in class, coursework, classwork, tests, examinations and other evaluations, according to rules defined by the Course Instructor at the beginning of the academic period in the course syllabus. Individual written work cannot count for less than 50% of the final grade. For undergraduate students there are two exam periods. Students can only resit 2 exams in the second period.  

Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
Nova uses a 0-20 scale to grade students, following the Portuguese convention. The top grade, 20 points, distinguishes an outstanding performance and is very rarely awarded. The bottom grade, 0 points, is awarded only to extremely disastrous performances. Note also that the fail range is from 0 to 9; hence, 10 points is the threshold to pass. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at Nova. Portuguese language classes can only be taken P/F. 

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General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad. 

Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.

Requirements for Courses Taught in Portuguese
If you wish to take courses taught in Portuguese with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language. 


Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor. 

Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation. 

Secondary Application
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. More information is sent to students after nomination. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information. 


Independent Housing
There is an active market in Lisbon for rental housing where most foreign students can find a nice place to stay. The International Office provides assistance to help foreign students finding a suitable accommodation upon arrival in Lisbon. Contact for more information. 

Helpful Links

Nova Provisional Fact sheet 2018-2019
Nova SBE Exchange Student Website
Program Reviews at Abroad101
Visa Information
Lisbon, Portugal Website

Contact Past Participants

Click HERE to contact recent study abroad participants.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 09/06/2018 01/11/2019
NOTE: Dates are approximate. Fall 2018 academic calendar to be confirmed.
Spring 2019 09/12/2018 09/22/2018 TBA TBA