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Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): International Business, Legal Studies in Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: English, Portuguese Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None, but some knowledge of local language advised
Click here for a definition of this term Secondary Application Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Alframbra district of Lisbon
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact 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 Lisbon. It is a decentralized campus with buildings in different parts of the city. Typical of European universities, the business school holds classes in one main building, which is located in the neighborhood of Carcavelos. 

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. 

Nova SBE is located on Nova's Carcavelos Campus in Carcavelos, which is less than 20 kilometers from Lisbon’s city center and 10 kilometers from the summery coastal town of Cascais. The new campus opened in September 2018 and is a modern facility, offering an incredible experience for students that wish to do an exchange at Nova.
Information about transportation and housing can be found on the Life at Nova website. More detailed information is sent to students accepted to the exchange program.

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 courses at Nova are less difficult than Tulane, but professors may grade more harshly. 

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 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. 

For a list of courses commonly offered at Nova and Tulane Equivalencies, please see Sample Courses Offered.

Courses will vary from semester to semester and year to year. You can find up-to-date course offerings in Nova's course catalog

About 70 percent of the undergraduate courses are taught in English. Courses are available in Portuguese for students with an advanced intermediate command of Portuguese. 
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. Theoreticals are optional. Practicals (labs) are mandatory. Student learning is more self-directed than teacher-directed. Students are not told what to learn by their professors but are expected to be independent and self-driven. There are less regular homework assignments and tests throughout the year. Regular feedback is less common. 

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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Eligibility Requirements
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
  • complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
  • earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
  • be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.

Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.

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 Study Abroad & Exchange 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 on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; 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. For information about housing for Nova SBA student, visit the Life at Nova website or contact for more information. 

Helpful Links

NovaSBE Fact sheet 2018-2019_BachelorsExchange_ May 11.pdf
Nova SBE Exchange Student Website
Program Reviews at Abroad101
Visa Information
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

Contact Participants

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/05/2019 09/15/2019 01/31/2020 06/06/2020
NOTE: All dates are approximate and subject to change. Spring 2020 academic calendar to be confirmed.