Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in English except Portuguese language classes
  • Housing: Apartments
  • U.S. accredited transcript


  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Good academic standing at home institution
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a U.S. or foreign university
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa (more information provided post-acceptance)


  • Contact your home campus study abroad advisor regarding special arrangements for UMass students


  • Submit API application, one letter of recommendation, statement of purpose,and one official transcript
  • Supplemental application requirements are solicited upon receipt of API application

Dates & Fees

Jan 2016 - May 2016
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015 - May 2016
Jan 22, 2015 - Jun 27 2015


Oct 15, 2015
Nov 1, 2015
Apr 1, 2015
May 1, 2015
Apr 1, 2015
May 1, 2015
Oct 15, 2014
Nov 1, 2014

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.

(Note: not all courses are offered each semester, and courses are subject to change.)

This list is current as of the Fall 2014 semester.


All students will take at least 2 of the available UMass Dartmouth taught courses (a selection of possible courses is listed below). Students in the Liberal Arts and Humanities track will take 3 of the UMass Dartmouth courses.

HST 225 Maritime History of the Atlantic World (3)

This course presents a survey of the development of sea power in the Atlantic World during the early modern period. What were the catalysts for European seaborne exploration and colonization, global trading networks, empires, and an unprecedented diffusion of cultures and technology? Students explore maritime history through focused readings and lectures, visits to maritime museums, a historic sailing vessel, and other sites in Lisbon.

PSC 395 Politics and Development of Modern Portugal (3)

This course covers the politics and economic development of 20th & 21st-century Portugal. It will explore the links between changes in the socio-economic structures of the country and the transformation of the political system. Portuguese colonialism, the corporatist Estado Novo, and the transition to and consolidation of democracy will be examined from a comparative European perspective.

SOC/ANT 353 Race, Ethnicity and Nation in the Portuguese Speaking World (3)

This course examines topics in race, ethnicity, migration and nationalism in Portugal and in the Portuguese speaking world, using Lisbon as a field site.

This list is the courses tentatively on offer from UMass Dartmouth for the spring 2015 term. Updates will be posted as available.
POR 214 Portuguese Literature in Translation (3)

Course description currently unavailable.

SOC/ANT 111 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Focus on the Portuguese World (3)

Course description currently unavailable.

POR 312 Culture and Civilization of Portugual (3)

Course description currently unavailable.


Students in the International Business track may select up to 3 courses from those listed below. International business courses are offered in English at ISCTE in Lisbon.

When choosing from the courses below, please be aware that there may be time conflicts. API advises that students have alternate course selections approved in the case of a course conflict. Additional information will be provided post-acceptance.

NOTE: The first alphanumeric code in the course title is the ISCTE course code. The second alphanumeric code is the UMass Dartmouth course code (what will appear on your transcript). If there is a second course title, that also refers to the UMass Dartmouth course version which will appear on your transcript.

L1805 /MKT441 Marketing Management (3)

The goal of this course if for students to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Know the evolution of the concept of marketing and its importance in the company
  2. To interpret the main market indicators
  3. Learn collect information from consumers
  4. Develop a portfolio analysis with the organization External / Internal Vision
  5. Develop a SWOT
  6. Realize the importance of market research in the choice of target segments and defining the positioning
  7. Knowing the brand policy
  8. Understand the basic components of the marketing mix
L5004/ECO231 Microeconomics (3) [syllabus]

The main objective of this course is to present the foundations of modern microeconomic theory with regard to consumer theory, theory of the producer and the functioning of markets. Moreover, this UC aims to stimulate economic reasoning of students through the discussion of concrete examples of markets.

L0638/ACT331 Financial Accounting/Intermediate Accounting (3) [syllabus]

It is intended that students at the end of this course, understand the primary financial statements, their preparation and their use for the management of organizations.

L5321/HST371 Portuguese History and Culture/History of Portugal (3) [syllabus]

This course aims to provide international students with a general overview of Portuguese History and Culture. The course is conceived as a mixture between lectures and outdoor tours to sites with historical interest.

L1801/MKT420 International Marketing (3)  [syllabus]

It is intended that students at the end of this course are able to apply key concepts of international marketing to business management.

L6060/FIN494 International Finance and Accounting/International Finance Management (3)  [syllabus]

Course description currently unavailable.

L0558/MGT800 Comparative International Management/Management Elective (3)  [syllabus]

Students in this course are expected to meet the following objectives:

  • Analyze the management and organizational behavior in different countries and systems, identifying differences and similarities, their causes and their impact on international management.
  • Acquire knowledge of the major models of the area.
  • Increase awareness of the participants to the existence of cultural differences, helping them to overcome the difficulties that arise in negotiating and international business and interact with people of different nationalities.
01109/ECO337 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics/Environment Economics (3)  [syllabus]

This course is focused on various facets of the interaction between environmental quality and economic agents. It covers interest brokers studying mechanisms to improve the well-being and promoting sustainability. It is intended that students fit environmental problems from an economic perspective, allowing a more complete and accurate assessment of these.Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have at least one undergraduate course in microeconomics.

L0235/ECO800 Microeconomics II/Upper-Level Elective (3) [syllabus]

This course aims to develop the microeconomic analysis at the intermediate level and build on what students learned in Microeconomics I, expanding and applying the theories of consumer and producer in the different market structures inter-temporal contexts, risk and uncertainty, general equilibrium and market failures. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and apply the key lessons of contemporary economic theories, and they should be able to  demonstrate understanding of the advantages and limitations of models and techniques used in Economics.

L7001/MGT420/320 Management in International Organizations/International Management (3)  [syllabus]

The students, at the end of the present learning unit, must develop competences that allow them, in the conceptual and practical planes, the understanding of the main concepts related with firm/project valuation, capital structure decisions and value creation, and identify the main sources of financing.

L5032/FIN650/312 Corporate Finance/Financial Management (3)

Through this course students will develop skills that enable them, in the conceptual and practical levels, to understand the concepts related to assessment and evaluation of an investment / business, the importance of decisions on capital structure, creating value and identify and analyze the main sources of funding.


Students in both tracks have the opportunity to take a Portuguese language class (offered at all levels) from NOVA in Lisbon. Students in the Liberal Arts and Humanities track are REQUIRED to take this course.

For descriptions of what is covered per level, please reference the European Common Support Framework for language levels by clicking here.

POR 102 Portuguese Level A1  – Nível de Iniciação (Portuguese for Beginners) (3)

In this course the student is able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. The student can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help/

POR 202 Portuguese Level A2 – Nível Elementar (Low-Intermediate Level Portuguese) (3)

In this course the student is able to  understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Students can communicate in basic routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and discuss subjects in areas of common interest.

POR 301/308 Portuguese Level B1 – Nível Limiar (High-Intermediate Level Portuguese) (3)

In this course the student is able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Students can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

POR 302 Portuguese Level B2 – Nível Vantagem (Advanced Level Portuguese) (3)

In this course the student is able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Students can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity allowing regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either party. Students can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.