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  • Locations: Oporto, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: General Studies, International Security and Conflict Resolution
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
International Relations, Global Justice, Diplomacy: The European Approach in Portugal

Winter Break 2018
Course Dates:
December 15, 2017-January 19, 2018
Dates Abroad: December 27, 2017-January 10, 2018
Price: $3,275

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The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea, can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.


The Catholic University of Portugal represents an academic community that contributes to the defense and development of the human person and their cultural heritage through research, teaching and service. It was established in 1967 by decree of the Holy See at the request of the Portuguese Bishop's conference and under Concordat Law. Since its foundation the Catholic University of Portugal has awarded degrees to more than 20,000 students.


This class is a week intensive study of international relations, human rights, and diplomacy. The core component of this class will focus on understanding the European Union foreign and security policy, as well as analyze the role of the EU in promoting respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights as fundamental elements of its bilateral and multilateral external relations

All participants are required to register for ONE of the following SDSU course, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • GEN S 450:  International Relations, Human Rights, and Diplomacy: The European Approach (3 units)
  • ISCOR 450: Study Abroad in Portugal: International Relations, Human Rights, and Diplomacy (3 units)

  • Welcome dinner
  • Visit to Serralves Museum
  • Music Concert House
  • The Five Bridges cruise on Duoro River
  • New year celebration
  • Guided tour to Coimbra
  • Downtown Porto walking tour
  • Gala Dinner

Luca_DalPubelProf. Dal Pubel is a Conflict Resolution and Online Dispute Resolution practitioner. He teaches course on Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution for the International Security and Conflict Resolution program and Political Science at SDSU. Also, he is a professor of Negotiation and Leadership at the Lorenzo de’ Medici – Marist College in Florence, Italy. Prof. Dal Pubel has developed mediation and conflict resolution programs throughout Italy, Europe and the United States of America and several
study abroad programs in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution and International Relations in partnership with San Diego State University, University of Bologna-Rimini and University of Trento, Open University of Cataluña, University of Barcelona, and Catholic University of Oporto. He participated in different projects sponsored by the European Union to promote the use of mediation in cross border disputes. He is a PhD Candidate at Open University of Catalunya.

His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Digital Justice, Online Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, e-Governance and Leadership. He is a co-author of Part IV of the book Collective efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, and Chapter X of the book Creating a Sustainable Vision of Nonviolence in Schools and Society published by IGI Global.


Payment Schedule:
$680        Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$1,500     Second program payment due to CES by Nov. 6, 2017
$1,095     Tuition due with course registration between  Dec. 5-15, 2017
$3,275     Total Program Fee
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Daily lunch
  • Some dinners
  • Activities as listed above
  • Travel medical & repatriation insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Breakfast and Most dinners
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after October 15, 2017*
  • For the second payment, no refunds will be issued for withdrawals after November 6, 2017
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Winter Break 2018: Application Closed

The deadline for winter break 2018 has passed.  If you are interested in possible future terms add your name to the inquiry list below.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.