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Program Overview

program overview intensive english

PIA offers many programs and courses to help international students learn English, both for university and for everyday life. A program overview is provided below. For more details about each program or course, click on the links.

Intensive English

Intensive English prepares students for English-language university study through a series of classes in grammar, reading, writing, and speaking and listening. Completing this program meets the language proficiency requirement at area colleges and universities–no TOEFL or IELTS testing necessary!

Service Learning and Community Service

These classes give students the knowledge, skills, support, and connections they need to volunteer at nonprofit organizations in the Portland area.

Group Courses

PIA offers customizable culture and English courses for groups throughout the year. Experience America, a three- or four-week course, is offered in the winter and the summer. Additionally, short-term English courses of one to four weeks can be customized to match students’ desired focus areas.

Study Support

PIA provides many student support services, including tutoring, workshops, and conversation partners.

Online Courses

In some cases, PIA offers online courses, or regularly in-person courses may need to move online temporarily. All PIA students need to have a computer, laptop, or tablet with at least 4 gigabytes of memory, a webcam with a microphone, and high-speed internet. For students in the homestay program, WiFi is provided by homestay families. Students should also be comfortable navigating the internet, have experience using videoconferencing software, and be able to type in English. PIA uses Google Classroom, Zoom, and other online software to conduct synchronous classes. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Course Catalog

Click here to download a PDF of the current course catalog.