The IEP is also a member of the IMPACT (International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends) project, a consortium made up of four universities - UCP, University of Trier, University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth – and recently awarded the "ATLANTIS Excellence-in-Mobility 2010-2014" grant by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. 

The programme was active between 2010 and 2015, attended by 33 students and 8 professors.

IMPACT is exclusively dedicated to the study, research and teaching of themes related to citizenship and integrating interlinked issues such as immigration, naturalisation, democracy, civil society and human rights, for example. 

The IMPACT program consists of a transatlantic exchange of students and professors between two European and two American universities. The UCP students selected to participate in this program are awarded study grants for one academic term (around four months). Professors accepted onto the exchange program, in turn, receive study grants of two to four weeks in duration.

IMPACT at a Glance

The International Mobility Program on Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) is an EU-US ATLANTIS 'Excellence in Mobility' project, sponsored by the European Commission and the US Department of Education. IMPACT focuses on the study of citizenship and citizenship-related issues such as immigration, naturalization, democracy, civil society, human rights, etc.

IMPACT consortia institutions are:

  • Catholic University of Portugal (EU lead institution)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (US lead institution)
  • University of Trier (EU partner institution)
  • University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (US partner institution)

IMPACT entails a student and faculty exchange for four years (2010/2011 until 2013/2014), exchanging a total of 12 students a year - 6 from the EU and 6 from the US -, and a total of 6 faculty members per year, 3 from each side. Each student will go abroad for one academic semester (approx. 4 months), while faculty and graduate teaching assistants will be exchanged in 2-4 week blocks. All IMPACT courses are taught in English.

IMPACT's Objectives

The main objectives of the International Mobility Program in Atlantic Citizenship Trends (IMPACT) are:

  • To give students from both sides of the Atlantic an opportunity to study current problems and future prospects for citizenship in the EU and the US;
  • To call attention to citizenship as one of the central issues of the democracies in the "Atlantic Alliance" For US students in Europe, this will mean learning about the unique nature of the EU, and its experiments with simultaneous national and EU citizenship;
  • To develop contributions to innovative educational teaching methods based on the use of web-based tools (web-based research and writing tools, thematic websites, blogs, video-conferencing, etc);
  • To call the attention of students from traditionally less hi-tech fields to the impact of developing and using web technologies in their daily academic work as well as international research projects;
  • To strengthen international academic cooperation in the field of citizenship studies for both participating faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.