ICFML, in partnership with Católica Porto School of Law, holds the 3rd edition of the International Negotiation and Mediation – Summer Program, which will take place between 15th and 20nd July 2024, at the Porto campus and online format.

This is an experience that connects people from all over the world to create unforgettable memories in Porto.

An international cultural experience that will empower you with invaluable knowledge and skills for life – professionally and personally – and for your future!


Course Aim

The International Negotiation and Mediation – Summer Program will provide a totally new and incredible experience where you will have the opportunity to approach different themes of International Conflict Mediation, to get in touch with different ways of carrying out business agreements and new ways of seeing problems and the world.

This program is suitable for participants who are interested in developing skills in negotiation and mediation and who have the ambition to integrate an international network of professionals who lead the development of alternative dispute resolution and online dispute resolution on a global scale.

This program aims to provide the development of knowledge and skills in International Mediation, allowing participants to put into practice the expertise brought by international professionals, while allowing the discussion of the topics that mark current trends in the area of out-of-court conflict resolution.

It is a unique opportunity to learn from international experts and to know the procedural and technical practices that are modernly in application in international terms for negotiators and mediators today.

Program and Workshop

Knowing how to have a growth mindset, how to look at conflicts as a source of innovation and personal and organizational success, will give you a competitive advantage in the job market and allow you to collaborate more effectively in your studies or work.

The program offers students reference tools and practices for conflict resolution, through an innovative teaching experience focused on developing the soft skills and hard skills needed today.

Also integrate different workshops with specific themes – negotiation, family, insolvency, commercial mediation – that will allow participants to have an experience of interactive learning, building relationships and problem-solving skills.

Using the techniques and process of mediation is not exclusive knowledge of the legal world, but knowledge that takes into account the true human needs in any area of activity.

The format will be hybrid. Students can register for online and for face-to-face sessions.

This Summer Program offers 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and accumulation system)

When in Porto


There are no campus Student Residences. However, it offers several private accommodation options adjusted to the students’ needs.

To ensure you will find the best option, we suggest you refer your need for accommodation, in the early contacts with the International Office.

For your accommodation, you can contact VILAR OPORTO HOTEL through the email [email protected] At the email subject, use the reference code MED@SUMMERPROGRAM to secure your 5% discount. Confirmation upon availability of rooms.

We also suggest you consult Student at Home, our partner for accommodation issues.

Visiting Porto

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula.

Elected Best European Destination 2022 by the travelers from 174 countries, Porto is history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters, and discoveries. Porto was also elected Europe’s Leading City Destination 2022, on the 29th edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA).

Located along the Douro River, Porto is one of the oldest European cities, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.

Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro (river of gold) in the Ribeira, discover Porto’s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest of time a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.


Can I follow the program online?
Yes, participants can fully participate in the program online, using the link that the organization send when the registration is done. For each session there will be participants online and participants in the room. Each time there are practical exercises, there will be at least two teachers – one teacher with the online group, and one teacher with the group in the university

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successful conclusion of the program.

Should I bring a computer?
Yes, please do bring a small personal laptop computer or tablet; it will be helpful for online research, group work, and presentations.

Can I use Wi-Fi at the university?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available free of charge at all locations of the university

Is there any language requirement?
At present, there is no minimum level examen requirement. All courses are conducted in English. In order to be able to follow courses, a certain level of English proficiency will be necessary.

What is the dress code?
While there is no formal dress code for the program, we would appreciate it if you could refrain from wearing flip-flops and tank tops during class time. It might feel cold in airconditioned environments, so we recommend a light sweater.

How can I plan my trip?
You can choose to travel directly to Porto or arrive in Lisbon by plane and travel to Porto by train or bus (prices between €25 and €32).

When should I arrive in Porto?
When you arrive and depart is completely up to you. You just need to be on time for class. However, it is advisable to arrive at least two to three days before the start of the Summer School to minimize any potential effects of travel interruption and jet lag.

How can I stay connected with friends and family at home?
Portugal has several digital providers networks. SIM cards and data packages are sold freely (bring your passport) at the airport, convenience stores, and specialist retailers all over town. Rates are very reasonable, and an initial SIM card with a data package can cost you as little as Euro 15.

Can I participate with a student visa card?
If you are an exchange student coming from outside of the European Union you are required to obtain a visa for your period of stay in Portugal.

Students participating in study programs, student exchange, training, unpaid internship or volunteer work purposes should apply for a temporary stay visa.

Temporary stay visas allow entry and stay in Portugal for less than a year. They are valid during the entire stay and allow for multiple entries.

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto, has no specific support service regarding visas.

For visa related matters, we suggest you contact our partner institution through [email protected] and refer your status as a registered student at Católica.

How much does it cost to live in Porto?
A foreign student in Porto should take into account the following average living costs:

  • Housing: 350€ / month
  • Bread: 0,20€
  • Bottle of water (small): 0,50€
  • Coffee (expresso): 0,70€
  • Beer: 1,20€
  • 1 dish meal: 12 €
  • Fast food/Salads: 7,5€
  • Pizza: 10€
  • Movie ticket: 6,60€ (students can benefit from special discounts)
  • Bus ticket: 1,20€ (bought in advance) or 1,95€ (at the bus)
  • Monthly transportation card: 22€ / 2 zones with a student discount


In 2023, Beatriz, Eva e João joined us as Ambassadors of the second edition of the Summer Program.
See what we have to share with you about this edition!



From 15 to 20 July 2024.

Face-to-face and Online

3 ECTs (European Credit Transfer)

Simultaneous translation will be
offered throughout the program


Monday to Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Institutional Partners