Portland is a vibrant city with a small town feeling. Downtown offers eclectic shops and world-class entertainment venues, and trendy neighborhoods abound. The forests, rivers, mountains, and Pacific coast make outdoor activities exciting, and the growing tech industry makes Portland a highly desirable place to live, study, and work.
Metro Area: 2.4 million
close to Seattle + San Francisco, just across the Columbia River from Washington state
• Timbers Soccer (MLS) & Trail Blazers Basketball (NBA)
• Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, forests, waterfalls
• Ranked among top bike- friendly cities in the US
“Silicon Forest” -- over 75 tech companies with headquarters or branches in the greater Portland area
~ 60% of PCC students transfer to university
~ 25% of PCC students complete career- technical programs
All Students: ~71,000
Full-Time Students: ~27,000
International Students: ~650 from 70+ countries
4 TERM START DATES PER YEAR:
Fall -- September
Winter -- January
Spring -- April
Summer -- June
1. Complete the PCC International Admissions Application
2. Submit required documents (eg financial documentation, copies of transcripts and passport photo page)
NO APPLICATION FEE!
No TOEFL or IELTS scores are required, but you can submit proof of English proficiency to be exempted from ESL placement testing.
per academic year = 3 terms = ~9 months
*subject to change without notice
| Tuition || Class Fees|| Books + Supplies|| Medical Insurance|| Food + Lodging|| Transportation|| Total (required for Form I-20)|
| $8,855|| $345|| $600|| $1,100|| $7,650|| $450|| $19,000|
International students are required to show sufficient personal or sponsored funding, but PCC offers support with …
SCHOLARSHIPS for new and continuing international students.
ON-CAMPUS WORK opportunities (up to 20 hours/week)
TUITION PAYMENT PLANS that allow students to pay tuition in installments over the term
WITH OVER 100 TRANSFER AND VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS, PCC HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
• Business Administration / Management
• Computer Science (including Cyber Security)
• Aviation: Science (plane + helicopter) + Maintenance
• Life Sciences / Healthcare
• Design: Graphic + Interior
• Machine Manufacturing
• Music & Sonic Arts
• Veterinary Technology
• ESOL (English as a Second Language)
After graduation from PCC, international students transfer to top-ranked national universities, for example Cornell University (#14), University of Washington (#56), and University of Oregon (#103). Students in health care fields transfer to Oregon Health and Science University, one of the top 5 US medical schools (primary care). Portland State University is a popular choice for many fields, including Engineering students who often find paid internships in the growing tech industry in Portland.
PCC is a member of Study Oregon, the state educational consortium for international education.
Students can gain valuable skills in paid leadership positions in student government and at many campus centers as International Student Ambassadors and Peer Leaders. Volunteer opportunities abound.
Each PCC campus hosts student clubs that bring students together for common interests and to experience new things.
PCC offers international students many activities on- and off-campus to get to know the area and meet new friends. The Office of International Student Services takes trips throughout the city and to the surrounding beach, mountains, forests, and rivers.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the official community college honors society with over 90 years of recognizing academic excellence. Membership is based on academic achievement. PTK has over $90 million in scholarship opportunities each year.
SOCCER AND BASKETBALL TEAMS
Intercollegiate men’s and women’s soccer and basketball teams compete in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
International students have many options for housing in Portland:
• Student Apartments
• Homestay Programs
• Short-Term Options
• Other apartments near each campus
• PCC Shuttles -- A fleet of small busses link the 4 campuses to each other and are free for PCC
students to use.
• TriMet Buses -- PCC offers student discount
tickets for the city bus.
• MAX Light Rail -- Connects Portland with the
areas surrounding downtown, as well as the Portland Airport.