- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Portugal
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Porto (population: 240,000; metro area: 1.5 million) is the second-largest city in Portugal, and one of the Iberian Peninsula’s economic and cultural hubs. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Porto was founded by the Romans, is historically rich, and visually, reflects centuries of social, political, and cultural evolution. Located at the estuary of the Douro River, Porto is also a city of great natural and architectural beauty, and is the production and distribution center for the region’s world famous Port wine and red and white table wines. Students will stay in the Alberto Amaral dormitory at the University of Porto, within walking distance to the Faculty of Letters, where we will have our classes.
Students will be housed in either individual or shared rooms and will have access to laundry facilities and WiFi. Check out the University of Porto. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be eaten on campus for very reasonable prices. Students will have access to all student cafeterias. Porto’s city center is located within walking distance or an even shorter bus ride from the university campus. UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging.
Meals during the week can be eaten on campus at any one of the university’s cafeterias, or in town, as the student prefers. Weekend meals will be included in the cost of our weekend excursions. Porto has a wide variety of excellent and affordable dining options, including restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and so on.
On most weekdays, class will meet in the morning and early to mid-afternoon at the University of Porto. A break will be given for lunch. Afternoons will often include guest talks or guided excursions. Weekday and long weekend excursions include:
- Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and famed “white city”
- The Douro Valley, the heart of Portuguese wine country
- Portugal’s northern Atlantic coast
- The rolling hills of the rugged Alentejo region, including a weekend at the beach
- The famous Port wine caves (warehouses) in Porto
- Visits to museums, monuments, churches, and performance spaces in Porto
- At least one fado musical performance
- A possible excursion to Porto’s Estádio do Dragão, home of Porto FC
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
"Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning…
Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plazas of the Avenida dos Aliados. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the mighty Douro River." Lonely Planet—Portugal:
Read about Portugal's Douro river region: The world's most stunning wine region?
Language Spoken: Portuguese
Porto has a temperate, coastal climate, with high summer temperatures averaging 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows around 59. Weather varies somewhat by region. We recommend that you bring warm weather clothes, with a couple of cooler weather options for nighttime. Bring swimwear as well. July is generally dry.
Summer Abroad endeavors to provide you with as much accurate information as possible. However, information can change daily. It is your responsibility to become acquainted with your host country before your departure.
We have listed some good starting points for your personal research.