Portland Community College

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Portland Community College (PCC) located in Portland, Oregon, is the largest institution of higher education in Oregon. PCC has four comprehensive campuses offering an extensive variety of programs including: Intensive English Program offering classes in reading, writing, speaking/pronunciation, grammar and U.S. culture; two-year Associate transfer degrees with over 100 academic subjects to choose from; professional/technical career programs; specialized certificates and career training opportunities.

International students choose PCC because of the quality of academic programs, the affordability (approximately half the cost of international student tuition at a state university), the small class sizes and friendly instructors and staff. The International Student Services Office office can assist you with admissions, academic advising, and orientation to the college and community life in Portland.

Designated as the ‘Best Big City’ by Money Magazine, Portland is an ideal study abroad destination located in the heart of the United States Pacific Northwest. Portland’s big city excitement, friendly people, and no sales tax make the ‘City of Roses’ a favorite west-coast destination.

Portland Community College Students


Portland Community College has four intakes per year: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.  You can see the start and end dates of the term you are interested in here.
Community Colleges are two-year institutions that offer diverse academic programs, including one-year certificates in specialized areas of study; two year professional and technical degrees, and university transfer degrees.
Class sizes are often much smaller than four-year institutions so you receive more individualized attention. The average PCC class is between 20-25 students.

Portland Community College has four comprehensive and unique campuses: Sylvania, Rock Creek, Cascade, and Southeast. PCC campuses provide access to libraries with free computers and internet access, bookstores, gyms, fitness centers, cafeterias, and numerous on-campus events and activities. Enrollment at PCC allows you to take courses at any campus.

Excellence in teaching starts with hiring. PCC has the highest standards in the state for hiring and evaluating faculty. The college conducts nationwide searches for its instructors, and it strives to hire instructors who have “real-world” experience with the technical and professional programs they are teaching.
University Transfers

Students can take from one term to two full years at PCC then transfer credits to a U.S. four-year university.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) Transfer Degree

For international students interested in majoring in Art, Business, History, Languages, Music, Sociology, Psychology or other fields in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. All Oregon public four-year universities accept this degree.

Associate of Science (A.S) Degree

Designed for students planning to transfer credits to a baccalaureate degree program at an Oregon four-year institution. This degree is for students majoring in biological sciences, computer sciences, earth sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and premedical sciences.

University Transfer Courses
Aviation Science
Business Administration Transfer
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Education Transfer
Environmental Studies Transfer
General Science
International Studies
Modern Languages
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Peace and Conflict Studies
Physical Education
Fitness and Dance
Political Science
Speech Communications
Women’s Studies
Start a New Career

If you decide that a four-year degree is not what you want, then PCC can help you launch your career in two years or less.

In just one or two years, you can earn a certificate or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree that will increase your salary potential and get you into a profession instead of just a job.

Nearly 80 Different Programs
PCC offers nearly 80 degrees. Depending on your chosen program, students work toward a certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Many of these programs are not transferable to four-year universities and colleges. Please consult www.pcc.edu/pcc/prof-tech.htm for additional information.

**Please note that certain Professional / Technical Education programs have special entrance requirements and limited enrollment numbers.

Work Experience
Upon program completion, international students are eligible to apply to INS for a one-year work authorization to gain real world experience(OPT). Our students have worked at organizations such as Intel, Nike, National Park Service, Adidas, Freightliner, and many other area businesses.

Professional/ Technical Programs
PCC can prepare you for careers in the following professional and technical areas. Most of these two-year degree programs (A.A.S) also have one-year certificate programs. Please note that certain programs (as indicated with a *) have selective admission. In addition to applying to PCC, prospective students will also need to apply directly to the program.

Agricultural Mechanics
Architectural Design and Drafting
Auto Collision Repair and Technology
Automotive Service Education Program
Automotive Service Repair Technology*
Automotive Service Technology*
Aviation Maintenance Technology*
Aviation Science
Building Construction Technology
Criminal Justice
Diesel Service Technology
Early Childhood Education
Facilities Maintenance Technology
Fire Protection Technology*
Graphic Design
Industrial Design and Drafting Technology
Instructional Assistant-Special Education
Interior Design
Interior Design Drafting
Landscape Technology
Machine Manufacturing Technology
Professional Music
Publishing Technology
Technical Illustration/ Publication
Telecommunications Administrator
Veterinary Technology*
Video Production Internship*
Welding Technology
Computer Science
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant-Office Mgmt.
Computer Applications and Office Systems
Web Site Development
Computer Information Systems
Computer Software Engineering Technology
Microcomputer Information Systems

Accelerated Computerized Accounting
Accounting Clerk

Health Occupations
Dental Assisting*
Dental Hygiene*
Dental Laboratory Technology*
Fitness Technology
Heath Information Management
Medical Assisting*
Medical Laboratory Technology*
Ophthalmic Medical Technology*

Civil Engineering Technology*
Electronic Engineering Technology*
Mechanical Engineering Technology*

PCC does not offer on campus accommodation.  However, there are apartments available within a short distance of all PCC campuses.

Students interested in finding a homestay can visit Andeo for more information.  

International Advisors

PCC is committed to making your international educational experience beneficial and memorable. That’s why our International Advisors are happy to assist you with academic advising, immigration concerns, finding a host-family, and orientation to the college and Portland community.


The Portland Metropolitan Area is serviced by an extensive public bus and light rail system. All PCC campuses are accessible by public transit. Visit www.tri-met.org for more information.

Language Assistance

English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages(ESOL) is an intensive, multi-level language program (beginning and lower intermediate courses are not available for F-1 international students) designed to develop the student’s competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English at college level. International students may take ESOL courses (intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, upper advanced)

Clubs/ Activities

In addition to Portland’s vibrant array of events and activities, PCC campuses are filled with social, political, and civic clubs and numerous year-round events and activities. Plus, PCC has its own men’s and women’s basketball teams.

2+2 Program

PCC and Portland State University offer a dynamic 2+2 program for students seeking a 4 year degree in the United States.

For admission to PCC students are required to submit proof of $18,000 in liquid funding.  Below is a breakdown of the estimated cost of attending PCC for one academic year.

Tuition and fees: $7,500
Housing: $8,500
Miscellaneous (Books, supplies, health insurance, and transportation. Additional expenses required for vacation terms): $2,000
Total: $18,000

A high school diploma is not needed for admission to Portland Community College.
To apply for admission please fill out the online International Student Application.  You will be able to submit the $50 application fee with the online application.

To complete your application you will need to email the following documents by email to international@pcc.edu:

  • Academic Transcripts from your current or most recent school
  • Proof of Financial Resources
  • Financial Responsibility Form
  • Copy of Passport Photo Page

In addition to the above, students transferring to PCC from another school in the U.S. will need to submit the following: