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Portland Community College

Check whether Portland Community College is right for you as an international student.

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Portland, USA
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Study abroad at Portland Community College

Portland Community College (PCC) is an innovative two-year transfer college headquartered in Portland, a vibrant city in the US state of Oregon. It has four other campuses in Oregon called Cascade, Sylviana, Rock Creek, and Southeast.

PCC is the largest higher education institution in Oregon. It serves over 26,000 students each year, many of which go on to achieving great things in their careers thanks to the skills and knowledge they gain from the College.

The College offers a wide variety of dynamic courses at various levels. There are over 90 programs available across numerous disciplines including business, healthcare, engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, and so much more.

PCC is home to a host of excellent campus facilities. International students enrolled at the College have open access to a handy bookstore, extensive library, modern fitness centers, tutoring services, and fabulous study areas.

Why study at Portland Community College?

  • University partnerships

    PCC has links with excellent institutions

  • Small classes

    Gain invaluable, individual support from talented academics

  • Great location

    Portland is an exciting city with a lovely community spirit

  • Diverse atmosphere

    The College’s student body is very multicultural

Life as an international student

PCC is an amazing melting pot - international students from all over the world choose to study here each year, and its popularity is rising. Over 60 nationalities are currently represented at the College’s campus.

There are many extracurricular activities to get involved in at PCC. International students have the opportunity to make lots of friends thanks to the diverse range of clubs and events available at the College.

The Office of International Student Services is always on hand to help international students with anything they need. They’re dedicated to helping overseas students find their path to success, academically, personally, and professionally.

Student reviews for Portland Community College

Overall rating
4.8 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Overall experience
5 stars
4.5 stars
4.75 stars
University facilities
5 stars
University social
4.75 stars
  • Valentina Castellanos Ramirez
    Overall experience 5 stars
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Portland Community College Civil Engineering
    Tell us about Portland Community College
    Portland Community College (PCC) has been working for many years to be inclusive in all manners possible. I feel welcomed and protected studying in this college as I have found the opportunity to receive help from the community when I needed it the most. PCC has allowed me to be part of the community by working with students and some faculties. In addition, it provides social resources such as joining a club, online events, becoming one of the members of the student government, creating activities of participation with prizes and outcomes. Furthermore, PCC has shuttles that are used to transport students and staff members for free to different campuses. Lastly, PCC has a well-known social media community on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where students can find information and events.
  • Diana Petrmichlova
    Czech Republic
    Overall experience 5 stars
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Portland Community College Environmental Studies
    Tell us about Portland Community College
    PCC is one of the biggest community colleges in the US and it offers a huge scale of majors and fields of industries. I joined during the pandemic times, so I haven't had a chance to explore the campuses, but I know there are 4 main campuses and from what I've heard, they are very nice and provide all facility equipment needed. As far as communication goes, zoom meetings for classes are well organized and I've met a lot of new people just from them being my classmates. I enjoy being a part of this organization.
  • Wilson Cumbi
    Overall experience 5 stars
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Portland Community College Mechanical Engineering
    Tell us about Portland Community College
    I have visited Sylvania campus few times and the facilities are really nice. I have not explored all parts of the campus because all my classes have either remote or online since Spring term 2020.
  • Cuong Nguyen
    Overall experience 5 stars
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Portland Community College Multimedia
    Tell us about Portland Community College
    Portland Community College is kind of a big college within Oregon, or in Portland specifically. They have 4 different campuses spread around the Portland city, which makes it easy for students to access to the school facilities and services wherever they live. They work actively through social medias such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Therefore, students can get up-to-date information right right away. They have their own bus system called shuttle, which can transfer students among campuses without stops like usual in town public transport system. Their campus life is gorgeous with a lot of events and workshops such as free food, free resources, health insurance workshops, etc. Lastly, all of the school staff are nice and friendly.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal Trainers
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  • Praying Rooms
    • Individual Praying Rooms
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 2
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition - US$9,290 per year

PCC offers some scholarships for current students, ranging from $500-$2500. The application process is once per year. It usually takes place in the Winter term and it applies for the following term(s). Part-time on-campus jobs and payment plans are available.


Portland Community College

Portland is a vibrant and safe city, with independent shops, a great selection of entertainment venues, friendly communities, and trendy neighborhoods - it’s the perfect place to live and study.

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