International Student Life


We hope you will have a wonderful experience in Portland from the day of your arrival until the end of your stay. Please explore each page on this site to prepare you for what to expect as you arrive and get settled into your new surroundings in beautiful Portland, Oregon. We have provided information to prepare you for life in Portland, including essential information on banking, housing, and how to get around the city. Explore many interesting things to do in Portland, and review some basic personal safety information. We love our city and we are excited to share it with you!

2018-2019 International Student Handbook!  It contains lots of information about living in Portland and being a student at PSU.  



 Opportunities to Get Involved!

With the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP)  


The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) offers an opportunity to international students (F1 Visa holders) to serve as ambassadors of their respective cultures at PSU and in the Portland community. The first-hand cultural knowledge and experience shared by ICSP members have great benefits including: 

·         Intercultural Understanding 

·         Recognition and appreciation of differences 

·         Unpacking of misconceptions 


ICSP students dedicate over 90 hours of cultural presentations and volunteer work each academic year. In turn, they receive a partial Tuition remission each term, to help them to achieve their professional goals and develop intercultural and public speaking skills.

Learn more about us on our website! 

The goal of the International Student Mentoring Program (ISMP) is to enhance the international student experience at Portland State University through personal interaction in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
International Student Mentors serve as a:
support to new international students
resource to explain and introduce new students to PSU services
cultural bridge to ease international students into American culture and life in Portland




With The Organization of International Students (OIS)

The Organization of Internation Students (OIS) is the biggest student group in PSU and plays a huge role in supporting and enhancing international students’ transition to a new culture.   

 Our Annual Activities Include:

Movie Night
International Dating Panel
Game Night
Downtown Tour
Pumpkin Patch
International Student Coffee Hour
Multnomah Falls Trip 
Thanksgiving Dinner

Halloween Party




Contact us at:

Phone: 503-725-8569
Facebook Group: Organization of International Students at PSU
Email List

or Visit us at:

Karl Miller Center, Room 660

632 SW Hall St.
Portland, OR