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American Conversation & Culture Program

Course Description

All students will participate in an English Communication class each day. The general focus of our teachers is helping students practice their English conversation skills so they are prepared for future travel, study abroad, or talk with international visitors and colleagues. Classes focus on skills like fluent pronunciation and how to have natural conversation flow rather than focusing on grammar or writing rules. American culture topics, like food, music, keep ֱweird, etc. will be included in everyday instruction.

Students will participate in 12.5 hours per week (on average) of class time. In addition, students will practice their English in small group conversation partner sessions with a fluent English speaker, most likely a PSU student. With the additional 4 hours per week of conversation time, students will receive a total of 16.5 hours of focused instruction and English conversation time per week and ~ 50 hours total over the program duration. 

Class Activities and Field Trips

Classes give students the opportunity to use and practice their English in real-life situations. Students can visit and write about places in Portland, attend cultural events, talk with PSU students and discuss topics related to American culture and the culture of their home country. 

Activities () and field trips may include:

  • Four weekly conversation sessions with trained English conversation partners
  • Tax-free shopping in local mall or vintage stores
  • Experiencing ֱFood Culture (Blue Star and Voodoo Donuts, Salt & Straw ice-cream, Stumptown Coffee, and food carts from around the world)
  • Visiting other popular ֱplaces like Saturday Market, the Farmer’s Market, Powell's Bookstore, coffee shops, etc.
  • Being active around town and having fun!

Program Dates

WINTER 2024 Session Closed

SUMMER 2024 August 12- August 30, 2024

Program Fees and On-Campus Housing Information

Please contact us at isp.programs@pdx.edu for more information.

All students will stay in campus dormitories during this program.

No meals are included in the dormitory stay. 

Program Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Most participants are students at a university or college, but it is not a requirement
  • There is no required English test score

Deadlines and Notifications

  • You must apply by May 26 to secure on-campus housing; space is limited.
  • A 2.75% credit card processing fee will be applied to all credit card payments.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • The program fee includes a $120 non-refundable application fee.
  • If you cancel 30+ days prior to the program start date, you will receive a full refund of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • If you cancel between the 30 and 15 days prior to the start of the program, you will be refunded 50% of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days prior to the program, you will be refunded 33% of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • Once the program has started there will be no refunds.
  • If PSU has to cancel the program for any reason before the start date you will receive a full refund.