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Portugal: Drug Decriminalization (UMaine Travel Study Course)

Term To Study: May-Term 2024
Application Deadline: Feb 01, 2024
Program Starts: May 06, 2024
Program Ends: May 25, 2024
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Program Category: One-Country
Program Locations: Lisbon, Porto
Contact Phone: 207-581-1880
Contact Name: Rob Glover
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What is Included: accommodations (2 per double room) in downtown Lisbon hotel, program fees, travel within Portugal, attendance and admission at off-site cultural events, breakfast and some group meals, AIG travel insurance, travel/accommodations for weekend trip to Porto.
What is not Included: fees/costs of obtaining a passport, travel to and from Portugal, cost of academic credits at UMaine.
Program Description

In May of 2024, embark on an exciting journey to Lisbon, Portugal and explore its dynamic and innovative approach to drug policy with University of Maine professors Rob Glover and Karyn Sporer!
This three-week May-term study abroad program offers a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the field and gain hands-on experience in a country that has taken a public-health approach to substance use. Earn UMaine course credit while learning about this path-defining policy from experts and practitioners!
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is renowned for its liberal drug policy and harm reduction strategies. During your time in Lisbon, you’ll have the chance to learn from the architects of this policy, speak with healthcare professionals, lawmakers, and law enforcement, and engage with local organizations working to reduce drug-related harm.
Through immersive lectures, workshops, and site visits, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the history and current state of drug policy in Portugal, and how it has impacted both the country’s citizens and global drug policy.
This study abroad program is ideal for students interested in public health, criminal justice, law, and health care. You’ll leave with a unique perspective on substance use and policy, as well as valuable skills and experiences that will set you apart in your future studies and eventual career.
Along the way, experience all that Lisbon has to offer! Lisbon’s culture is fascinating due to its unique blend of history, tradition, and modernity. From the ancient Moorish castle perched on a hilltop overlooking the city, to the bustling streets filled with vibrant street art and trendy cafes, Lisbon offers a rich tapestry of experiences for visitors. The city’s vibrant music scene, with its traditional Fado music and modern hip-hop and electronic music, is a testament to its eclectic mix of cultures.
Additionally, Lisbon’s proximity to the ocean has shaped its cuisine, with fresh seafood and bold spices playing a prominent role in local dishes. All of these elements combine to make Lisbon a city that is both steeped in tradition and cosmopolitan evolution, making it an exciting and dynamic cultural destination.
Join us in Lisbon and discover how Portugal is leading the way in innovative, public health-oriented approaches to substance use. Availability for this incredible experience is limited, so start planning today!

Quick Facts

Population: 10781459
Capital: Lisbon
Per-capita GDP: $ 23700
Size: 92090 km2
Time Zone: (GMT) Dublin

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