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  • Locations: Lisbon, Portugal; Porto, Portugal
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.7 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: Counseling students: Grade of B- or better in CSL 451 and CSL 452, Non-Counseling students: Completion of at least 8 graduate credit hours at DePaul prior to Fall
Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

Video courtesy of Jessica Taylor.

Portugal Belem Tower CSL 466 Assessment and Treatment of Chemical Dependency is a graduate course that seeks to develop skills and understanding relevant to the assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. The purpose of this course is to provide students with increased understanding of addictions treatments as they relate to working with individuals dealing with substance abuse and addiction, other addiction disorders, the biopsychosocial impact of various substances, and multicultural constructs related to addiction in real time. An additional focus of this trip will be the development and integration of expanded services offered as a result of the decriminalization of substance abuse policy in Portugal, as described and discussed in the research and via presentations from local agency officials, and its impact on the Portuguese citizens, providers, and culture. Meeting with the guest speakers during this trip experience will provide students the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions and obtain clarifications about differences and similarities in procedures and approaches between treatment and programs in the US and Portugal.

By participating in this immersive experience, students will be exposed to multicultural and acculturation concerns like those of their future clients. As sojourners, a term used by Berry (2006) to refer to study abroad students due to their status as temporary residents of countries other than where they were born, participants will have the opportunity to have a brief experience of what it is like to attempt to acculturate to an environment that has different customs and language from their own. They will experience the stress of determining when to acculturate and when to maintain their own customs; this is similar to the process that their immigrant client face. Other non-traditional approaches to substance abuse/recovery (i.e., SMART Recovery, a non-12 step approach) will be covered to create a survey experience. Through the inclusions in this course, students will be exposed to a breadth of knowledge regarding chemical dependency, chemical dependency assessment, and multicultural and social justice competencies prior to entering field courses. As future professional counselors, students are subject to the principles, competencies and ethical code established by the ACA. These principles emphasize multicultural and social justice competency to meet the needs of the clients where they are and with what struggles they are facing and to advocate on the individual, community and public levels as needed.

While this program is intended for Counseling students in the College of Education, other DePaul graduate students are welcome to apply. Click here for a video about the program.


Dr. Miranda Parries, who will be teaching the course associated with this study abroad program, has worked in the counseling field since 2010. She has worked in various positions as a counselor to support the following populations: substance and alcohol abuse treatment, college mental health, intellectual disability support and private practice as an independently licensed practitioner. As a former study abroad participant and leader, she values to opportunity to share the experience of cultural exploration amid an intellectual focus.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course CSL 466: Assessment and Treatment of Chemical Dependency
(Note: Students who have already completed CSL 466 will be registered in CSL 482: Special Topics in Counseling.)
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
(Note: Course registration in the December 2020 Intersession, which appears as a Winter 2021 course, is also available by request.)
Class meeting times TBD
Taught by Miranda Parries
Course description This course seeks to develop skills and understanding relevant to the assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. The major alternative assessment approaches and treatment interventions for chemical dependency are surveyed and analyzed.
Additional course information The course is planning to meet four times in the fall before the travel portion of the program in December. If any students opt to be registered during the December Intersession, all fall class meetings will still be required, though course registration will appear in December Intersession.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

All students will stay in double-occupancy rooms in hotels which will be located in central downtown locations in Libson and Porto.

Planned speakers include:
  • Mental health provider: Psychiatrist developing a project to give training to help organizations cope with mental health issues
  • Social worker: To provide context about the country’s situation
  • Substance abuse expert: To discuss the decriminalization of drug use in Portugal and its impact in substance abuse in general on the country.
  • Member of the Education Ministry: To talk about policy for mental health awareness in the school system
  • Portuguese Historian: To assist in providing the context of Portugal history and values with a focus on health history
  • Sociologist: To discuss current trends of immigration and its impact on Portuguese society

Planned cultural events include:
  • The Psychiatric Hospital of Lisbon
  • A drug treatment center
  • Belém (including visiting the Monastery of Jerónimos, the Tower of Belém, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and a pastry tasting)
  • Evora
  • An overnight excursion to Porto (includes a Porto city tour, a boat ride along the Douro river)
  • Crescer (an NGO focused on aiding refugees entering into the country via support and job training)


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Portugal: The Assessment and Treatment of Chemical Dependency program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Bring comfortable shoes.
  • Plan to have busy days with a lot of free time at night/in the evenings.
  • Take some time to yourself to walk around and talk to locals as they are very friendly.
  • Eat at the cantina—the food is cheap and very good!!!
  • Make copies of all your important ID and documents and bring them with you—also send them to a relative or trusted person.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.