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Portland State University

Portland State University

Check whether Portland State University is right for you as an international student.

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Study abroad at Portland State University

Portland State University (PSU) is a multi-award-winning public university based in the US state of Oregon. Renowned for its innovative spirit and pioneering research, PSU develops students’ creativity, nurtures curiosity, and encourages you to push boundaries.

PSU’s eight schools combine to offer over 120 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Although the choices are vast, programs in engineering, computer science, business, social science, and performing arts are amongst the most popular.

The University’s 50-acre campus features bright learning spaces, modern residence halls, beautiful outdoor spaces, and an impressive 3,000-seat sports arena where you can show your support for the Viking basketball and volleyball teams.

Joining one of the 200 student clubs or 15 NCAA Division I athletic clubs will make your study abroad experience even more memorable.

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Why study at PSU?

  • Best college location in America

    PSU was voted the US’s best college location (Niche, 2020)

  • Innovation

    PSU is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative universities (US News & World Report, 2019)

  • Value for money

    PSU is Oregon’s most affordable research university (Best Value Schools, 2019)

  • Earning potential

    PSU graduates earn an average salary of $49,000 one year after graduation

Life as an international student

With 1,542 international students selecting Portland State University as their home from home, PSU is proud of its status as one of the nation’s most diverse universities.

The door to the University’s international student services office is always open if you’re looking for some professional advice or support. They can help with things like your immigration status, passports, finances, and navigating your new surroundings.

If you’re not a native English speaker but want to improve your fluency, the University offers an intensive English language program. You can also schedule appointments with the writing center or learning center if you need some additional support with your assignments.

Living in one of the University’s nine on-campus residence halls is a great way to immerse yourself in University life and explore everything PSU has to offer.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
    • Museum
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Climbing Walls
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Sauna / Steam Rooms
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal Trainers
    • Treatment Rooms
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Skills classes
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
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    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Badminton Courts 2
    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 2
    • No. of Climbing Wall 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 4
    • No. of Athletics Track 2
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 200
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and Funding

  • Undergraduate tuition

    USD$23,709 / year

International Achievement Scholarship

The International Achievement Scholarship is awarded to new international undergraduate students on the basis of their academic achievement. Students who maintain high academic standing may receive renewed funding for up to four years.

Eligible students typically have entering grade point averages (GPA) of at least 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 grading scale.

Award Amount: up to $4,500 annually

Honors Laurels Tuition Remission Scholarship

First year and transfer students who apply by Dec. 1 are automatically considered for Honors Laurels Scholarships of up to $3,000 per year


Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, United States

Portland, Oregon is a cool place to live, work and study. It’s why Niche named Portland State University as one of the nation’s top college locations. The downtown campus is in the middle of a thriving city and only a short drive to both snow-capped peaks and the Pacific Ocean.