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12-Month Study, Work and Travel Program in Portugal for US Citizens

Portugal and the United States signed in February 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding on Youth Mobility that allows US citizens enrolled in a US accredited post-secondary institution or recent graduates (within 12 months of graduation) to apply for a 12-month Study, Work and Travel Program in Portugal.

Find below more information on how to apply.

How to Apply

General Requirements:

  • Be a US citizen;
  • Hold a US passport valid for a period of over 12 months;
  • All travel expenses must be covered by the candidate, including return ticket or proof of sufficient funding for its purchase, as well as proof of funding to cover expenses for the entire duration of the stay;
  • Travel and health insure to cover all medical expenses, including hospitalization and medical repatriation, for the duration of the stay.
  • Have no criminal record and allow criminal record verification.

Additional Requirements:

  • To be enrolled in a US accredited post-secondary institution or be recent graduates (within 12 months of graduation);
  • Sign a Declaration stating that the visa application is done under the Memorandum of Understanding on Youth Mobility between Portugal and the US.
  • Work is allowed for up to six (6) months. US participants may pursue work or study opportunities in any institution willing to accept them.

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About Turismo de Portugal

Integrated within the Ministry of the Economy and Maritime Affairs, Turismo de Portugal is the national tourism authority responsible for promotion, enhancement and sustainability of tourism activities, aggregating within a single entity all the institutional competencies related to stimulation of tourism activities, from the supply sector to demand.

Turismo de Portugal’s mission is as follows:

  • Enhancing and developing tourism infrastructures;
  • Developing human resources training;
  • Supporting investment in the sector;
  • Coordinating Portugal’s domestic and international promotion as a tourism destination;
  • Regulate and inspect betting activities.

Using its privileged relationship with other public bodies and economic agents in Portugal and abroad, Turismo de Portugal is dedicated to fulfilling its objective of strengthening tourism as one of the core growth engines of the Portuguese economy.

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