Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics




Rennes LogoCatólica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, located in Lisbon, Portugal, is a triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) university making it one of the top 1% of business schools worldwide. Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics is committed to intellectual leadership in developing outstanding individuals with increased opportunities and employability as graduates. 

Lisbon is just under a two hour flight to Spain or Morocco, giving you the opportunity for a culturally diverse experience nearby. The best way to experience Lisbon is by travelling on the vintage trams which wind along historic quarters, gardens and main attractions. The school offers a range of specialisations for undergraduate and postgraduate students in accounting, economics, finance and management.

The University of South Australia has a student exchange partner relationship with the highly ranked Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics who offer full semester exchange places to both undergraduate and postgraduate UniSA business students in Fall or Spring semesters.

Tuition is in English and as an exchange student you will remain enrolled at UniSA and will not have to pay tuition fees to Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics for full semester exchange.


In addition to the UniSA Travel Grant, students are able to apply, through a competitive process for a Business Student Mobility Grant. Further information is available here.

Visit the Partner Website


Academic Calendar

Pre-approved undergraduate and postgraduate course selection and credit for Fall or Spring semesters to undertake an 18 unit exchange at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. Course selection is subject to approval by Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and timetabling constraints.

Credits are measured by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the following applies: 

  • Undergraduate students - 18 units = 30 ECTS or 13.5 units = 22.5 ECTS
  • Master students - 18 units = 28 ECTS or 13.5units = 20 ECTS

Please note: it can sometimes be difficult to make up exactly 22.5 units (not all courses will be worth exactly 7.5 ECTS), but you should be able to get very close. Make sure you check with your program director if you don't have exactly 30 or 22.5 ECTS.

Spring semester (UniSA study period 2)

Orientation period One week prior to the commencement of classes
Duration Approximately 5 months
Class begins January
Class (exams) ends June (undergraduate) and May (postgraduate)
Language of instruction  English

Fall semester (UniSA study period 5)

Orientation period One week prior to the commencement of classes
Duration Approximately 4 months
Class begins September
Class (exams) ends January
Language of instruction English


Pre-approved course selection

Choosing pre-approved courses at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics can be found here - Undergraduate and Postgraduate or please visit their website for more information (please note the information sourced for pre-approved credit was true at the time of approving and there may be changes).

Important information

Nomination deadline

Applications for exchange to Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics must be completed by January 11 for the Católica Lisbon Fall semester of the same year or August 1 for Spring semester of the following year. To apply go to

Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics application deadline

The UniSA International Study Overseas team will advise you within three weeks of the application deadline if you have been nominated for a place at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. You will then receive information about how to apply.

The Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics deadline for applications for:

  •  Fall semester is 30th May of the same year
  •  Spring semester is 21st October of the year prior.
Entry requirements

Students must have obtained a minimum of 36 units (or 60 ECTS) with a GPA of 4.0 or above 

A minimum internet-based TOEFL score of at least 95 points or equivalent

Application fee

Not applicable to exchange students

Language requirement

Students must have a high level of English proficiency. Católica requires a level of spoken and written English equivalent to B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of reference for languages 

Tuition fees

Not applicable to exchange students. Your tuition is paid to your home institution.


Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics does not have on-campus housing. International Student Affairs (ISA) provides assistance to all exchange students to find accommodation. 

In order to access privileged information about provisional and permanent accommodation (for upon arrival, during welcome week and semester) the ISA team will provide you with a login and password upon your application to Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. A list of accommodation will be sent to you via email to help prepare for your stay.

Accommodation application deadline

During welcome week, the ISA team will facilitate by helping students find suitable accomodation and schedule site visits.


Non-European exchange students are required to apply for a student visa prior to their arrival in Lisbon. Católica-Lisbon issues a special acceptance letter for visa purposes and is provided to students' home university so they can provide it to the Portuguese consulate/embassy in their country of origin, along with the remaining documentation to apply for the student visa.

Work rights

As an international student, you can take on paid work after your exchange. For further information please visit this website, please note that Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics' International Relations Office does not provide support in any matter related to internships and professional training related issues. Please enquire with immigration services for internship or work right protocols or recognition. 


Travel insurance

Before you leave for your exchange you must make sure that you have taken out travel insurance with repatriation in case of serious health problems, accident etc. Enquire if UniSA travel insurance covers this.

NB: Students who must apply for visas are often asked to take out repatriation and other insurances by the Portuguese embassy.

Health insurance

International health insurance is required only for visa application purposes. Students must obtain this prior to departure and application for their visa. 

For further information on international health insurance companies designed for international students (non-EU) please visit: (this is a suggested website, it is your responsibility to apply and research)


Students are recommended to visit their doctor and/or consult Travel Doctor prior to travel.

Contact the UniSA Business Student Mobility team for further details about exchange, summer schools, study tours and grants.


Please note that the information provided was correct at the time of publication. Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics reserves the right to change program details and fees. Whilst every effort is made to provide up-to-date information you should check the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics websites for the most current information.