Portland State University

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These words describe Portland State University’s unique and vibrant community.

Portland State University’s clean, safe, urban campus spans 50 acres in the heart of a unique and exciting city.  Educating nearly 30,000 students from every state and over 90 nations, PSU’ impact resonates across the region through our vital connections to businesses and metro communities, our commitment to student success, and our pursuit of excellence in scholarship and research.  

Located in the heart of walk-able, friendly downtown Portland, students are steps away from a vibrant arts and food scene, a quick bus or bike ride to nature parks and rivers, or a short drive to mountains or ocean beaches.

What sets PSU apart are the hundreds of opportunities we provide to engage our students outside the classroom in solving real-world problems through community projects, internships, partnerships and experiences. 

Portland State University Students


School curriculum summary

Academic programs run on a quarter-system comprised of three 11 week terms; fall, winter, and spring. Summer Session offerings are generally 8 weeks, but can be different formats. A full-time undergraduate student load is 12-18 credits, 9-16 credits for graduate students, and 18 credits for Intensive English Language Program students. International students must be enrolled full-time to maintain their F1 visa status.

PSU offers 211 programs and majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels.For a full listing of PSU’s academic programs, visit http://www.pdx.edu/academic-programs.

The university offers a conditional admission to international students who are academically admissible but have not yet met English proficiency requirements for direct-to-degree classes.  Students in this category will begin their studies in the Pathway Program through the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). The IELP offers a full-time, intensive academic program with six levels of classes.

PSU’s Faculty to Student ratio is 22 to 1. PSU’s (IELP) Faculty to Student ratio is 15 to 1.
PSU faculty members are engaged in teaching, research, and related academic work. They come from colleges and universities throughout the United State and from foreign countries. We have 1,747 Research and Instruction faculty full-time and several hundred part-time members. More than eighty-one percent of PSU’s full-time faculty have doctoral degrees. Many of the part-time members from the community lecture in specialized courses actively involved in their professions. One hundred percent of PSU’s IELP faculty hold master’s degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
PSU provides housing options for Portland State students while providing a unique living experience in Portland’s urban environment through actively engaged residential communities that promote student success.  A wide range of housing options are available for international students interested in studying at PSU. For more information, visit http://www.pdx.edu/housing/
In addition to a complete English Language Program and Pathway Program, the IELP offers academic and personal counseling, and a full range of student activities including a weekly free coffee hour, access to a free IELP computer learning lab, free conversation partners and language tutors, and free trips or parties for IELP students every term. Students enrolled full-time at PSU and the IELP can enjoy many student activities and events, including PSU sports games, clubs, and more. The IELP also offers short term summer and winter communication and culture programs with 3-11 week program options available. More information: www.pdx.edu/esl/.

Short term and customized programs for international groups are also available through PSU’s International Special Programs (ISP). The ISP Office works closely with overseas partnering universities, institutions, agencies and government offices, and can provide linkage with PSU academic departments and faculty. The ISP office provides a full-range of program development services, including program and curriculum design, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and logistics, staffing, issuing of immigration documents, certificates of completion, etc. For more information visit http://www.isp.pdx.edu.

Full-time PSU Undergraduate students (9 months)

Nonresident Tuition: $19,5129
Required Fees: $3,828
Rent and Food: $9,450
Books and Supplies: $1,263
Other Expenses: $3,417

Full-time PSU Intensive English Language Program students (9 months)

Tuition and Fees: $16,257
Rent and Food: $9,450
Books and Supplies: $900
Other Expenses: $3,426

Portland State University

Undergraduate International Admissions P.O. Box 751 Portland, Oregon 97207 USA
Email: intladm@pdx.eduM | Phone: +1.503.725.5535 | Fax: +1.503.725.5525 | Web:www.pdx.edu

Graduate International Admissions
P.O. Box 751 (OGS) Portland, Oregon 97207
Email: askogs@pdx.edu | Phone:  +1.503.725.8410 | Fax:  +1.503.725.3416

Intensive English Language Program Admissions (IELP) P.O. Box 751 Portland, Oregon 97207 USA
Email: ielpadm@pdx.edu | Phone: 503-725-9185 | Web: www.pdx.edu/esl

International Admission to Portland State University (IELP, Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs) fall into two categories:


A leader in global excellence, Portland State received the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization in 2009.

This recognized Portland State’s overall excellence in internationalization practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. For the twelfth consecutive year, Portland State University ranked among the nation’s best colleges in categories that lead to student success. See U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” 2015 edition. Portland State’s MBA program is #1 in the Northwest, and 14th in the world on a list of the Top 100 business schools according to the 2013-2014 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes.

Portland State is recognized for significant leadership in its integration of social, ethical, and environmental issues into its MBA program. Portland State University is the only school in Oregon that has been named to the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the highest national recognition a university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ report, “College Learning for the New Global Century,” recognized Portland State as a leader in fostering civic, intercultural, and ethical learning.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation awarded Portland State the prestigious 2010 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. Portland State is one of only four U.S. institutions who will receive the award in 2010.

The Princeton Review named Portland State one of the most environmentally-responsible colleges in the United States. Featured in their unique resource for college applicants, “The Princeton Review’s 2015 Top 50 Schools,” Portland State joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through special programs and sustainability initiatives.

Located in Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the United States, Portland State University is nestled in a safe, beautiful urban location within steps to parks, museums, cafes, theaters, shopping, restaurants and cultural events.

The dynamic and scenic City of Portland is surrounded by mountains, rivers and just a short drive to the Pacific Ocean or national forests where you can find outdoor activities and rest and relaxation.

With a prime location, it is no surprise that Portland has been voted “America’s Best Big City.” Abundant activities, diverse people, refined cuisine and a clean, green urban environment might suggest it is expensive to live here, but Portland remains affordable. Students can choose to live in one of ten dormitory buildings or near campus in apartments or home-stays.

The city’s light rail, streetcar and bus systems conveniently give Portland State’s students easy and safe transportation options all around town. Portland State one of the largest university in Oregon. But you’d never know it. The small student-to-faculty ratio, over 200 student groups, and a park-like campus situated among elm trees make PSU feel more like a community than a big campus.

That community includes the many businesses and organizations that have partnered with PSU to offer internships and learning experiences outside the classroom.

The University’s urban setting and many community partnerships act as a “living laboratory” that will provide you with diverse opportunities to live, learn, and lead. Nothing captures the dynamic educational experience of the Portland State campus community better than video.

Be sure to watch our video about what international students have to say about their experiences at Portland State University.

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