Every semester, the Study in Portugal Network,FLAD’s academic mobility program, organizes field trips for American students who have chosen Portugal as their study abroad destination.

After Porto and other Portuguese cities, another must-see destination follows: the Azores Islands. The students were introduced to the natural beauty and cultural side of São Miguel Island. The tour included, among others, visiting a tea plantation, factory, and the numerous lagoons.

As the primary bridge between Europe and the North Atlantic, the Azores have been central in the relationship between Portugal and the United States. In addition to its cultural and touristic value, students were provided with the tools to understand the strategic value the Azores have as a link that unites both countries.

In addition to such occasions, SiPN also strengthens the cultural and academic exchange between Portugal and the United States, by bringing American students every year to a summer program at the University of the Azores focusing on the learning of the Portuguese language and the deepening of the knowledge about Azorean history, literature and culture.