Program Information
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Winter 2025: Portugal COMM
January 02, 2025 - January 30, 2025 (dates are tentative)
Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, September 19 2024.
Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
04/02/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMPearson Hall 114
04/10/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMPearson Hall 114
Program Notes
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description
Study Communication and Happiness in Portugal! Our program includes courses in Happiness and Well Being (required for all students) and Public Speaking & Presentation with a peer mentoring / experiential learning course option. You can study multiple aspects of communication in beautiful Portugal, known for its rich heritage and unique interactions diverse European cultures. Students will enjoy the flourishing culture of the capital city Lisbon, and travel to breathtaking landscapes from the mountains to the beach.

As we explore different aspects of communication, you’ll interact with Portuguese people in a variety of settings. You’ll learn more about the Portuguese culture and communication from historical, social, and cultural perspectives. In addition to museums, cultural sites, and natural wonders. this Winter session program may include local festivals, visit to agritourism sites, and following the paths of the border region with Spain. Our courses will incorporate study of Portugal's cultural values of community in many different aspects.

Students will reside in dormitories, hotels or hostels with some meals provided. If you’re interested in Communication, Happiness and Well Being in a uniquely gorgeous and vibrant place, the Winter Session program in Portugal is your chance to learn about Communication in one of the most beautiful and happiest places on earth!
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
COMM 200: Topics in Communication: Communication, Happiness, and WellBeing (3 credits)
Rotating topics presenting overviews of social science research on communication in various contexts including the behavior of individuals,relationships, social groups, and media in society. Emphasize theories, empirical findings, and applications of communication research in the social and behavioral sciences.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Group C
Restrictions: May be repeated two times for nine credits when topics vary.
Note: Students who have taken COMM 212 and earned a B+ or better, and students who have taken COMM 200 and earned a B+ or better may be eligible for an alternate course options of UNIV 360/362. This option requires prior approval of the Faculty Director before submitting your program application. Please contact Dr. Holden for more information.
COMM 212: Public Speaking and Professional Presentation (3 credits)
Includes an analysis of the types and principles of the communication inherent in the business and professional setting; a concentration upon the development of presentational skills: analyzing audiences, questioning, interviewing, researching, supporting, organizing and delivering information; an opportunity to develop and present materials within dyads, small groups and public contexts.
Restrictions: Students who have received credit in COMM 350 are not eligible to take this course without permission.
Note: Students who have taken COMM 212 and earned a B+ or better, and students who have taken COMM 200 and earned a B+ or better may be eligible for an alternate course options of UNIV 360/362. This option requires prior approval of the Faculty Director before submitting your program application. Please contact Dr. Holden for more information.
UNIV 370: Study Abroad (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,800.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program FeeTBATBA
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)TBATBA
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,800.00$1,800.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedOctober 02, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Tracy Holden
Faculty Director
239 Pearson Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.