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English Through Tourism & Hospitality

Course Description

Classes are built around Tourism and Hospitality. The focus is on developing students’ oral communication skills, fluency, and confidence through exploration of topics relevant to the tourism and hospitality industry in ֱand around the world. Students engage in authentic, hands-on learning opportunities within Portland’s unique restaurants, hotels and attractions. Other topics include effective customer service, professional communication, and entrepreneurship in relation to Portland’s vibrant hospitality industry.

Students will have the chance to expand their English language skills through small group projects, volunteer opportunities, reflective activities, and interaction outside the classroom in the PSU and greater ֱcommunity.

Students will participate in 16-17 hours of classroom instruction, along with 3-4 hours of field trips and volunteer time, Monday through Thursday, totaling 20 hours per week. Weekend programming also includes plenty of entertainment, such as tax-free shopping and local sporting events, as well as outdoor exploration of the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful natural environment.


CLASS ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS

Classes give students the opportunity to use and practice their English in real-life situations. Students will visit tourist attractions and businesses in Portland, attend cultural events, talk with PSU students and discuss topics related to the tourism and hospitality industry.


Activities () and field trips may include:

  • Tours of local resorts and hotels
  • Exploration of Portland’s unique food culture, such as Voodoo Donuts, Salt & Straw ice cream, Stumptown Coffee, and food carts from around the world
  • Informative surveys and research at local tourist locations
  • Meeting with ֱtourism professionals 
  • Attend weekly international coffee hour to chat with other PSU students
  • Go to outlet mall for tax-free shopping
  • Participate in a downtown ֱwalking tour
  • Visit other popular ֱplaces like Saturday Market, the Farmer’s Market, Powell's Bookstore, coffee shops, etc.
  • Attend music festivals or go to see movies in the park to experience American culture

Program Dates

WINTER 2024 SESSION CLOSED

SUMMER 2024 August 12 - August 30, 2024

Program Fees and Housing Information

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

Students will all stay with host families arranged by ACES International Homestays, for more information please contact Kellie Irish at kellie@exploretheworld.org or read their.

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

  • Program and homestay applications are due May 26th. Homestays are filled on a "first come, first served" basis.
  • Homestay programs include all meals.
  • A 2.75% credit card processing fee will be applied to the payment of the program fee.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once the program has started there will be no refunds.
  • For Homestays, please follow ACES refund policy.