Spring Term Activities

PCC has a very exciting Activities Calendar for international students!

All PCC international students and their dependents are welcome to join, and some events are open to PCC student guests. Check out the exciting things we have planned! Below is our current activities calendar, as well as a listing of events we do throughout the year, all of which aim to get international students involved on campus and in the community.

Watch your email for updates and more information about these events (“OIE Activities Update”)! For questions, call Nicole at 971-722-7134 or email nicole.tobin@pcc.edu

Weekly Events during Spring Term

Conversation Group

Come practice conversational English skills in a casual, supportive and fun environment. Staff members and students chat about a weekly theme and/or do activities, games or crafts. Free snacks/drinks are provided.

Begins Week 2 - Talk Time Cafe
  • Cascade:  Every Wednesday, 11:00-1:00  (Jackson Hall, Room 106)
  • Rock Creek:  Every Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 (Building 3, Room 223)
Begins Week 3 - Conversation Cafe
  • SE Center:  Every Friday 1:30 – 3:30 (Mt. Tabor Tutoring Center) *Begins Week 3

Conversation Partners Program

(one on one/small group conversation)

Rock Creek

Small Group Conversation Practice at OIE (Building 3 Room 223) – Drop in. Begins April 14.


Drop in conversation practice in groups (select English Conversation Groups) or one on one (Select English Conversation Program): (English Conversation Partner Program)

Spring Term Special Events

Wander the Farmer’s Market

  • Saturday, April 12
  • 10am – 12 noon

Free! Check out the PSU farmer’s market with staff from the OIE and other international students. We’ll check out fresh foods, homemade crafts, delicious breakfast items, and some good music and people-watching. Each F-1 student participating will receive a $5 token to use on a snack of his or her choice (bring your student ID)!

Bring your own cash if you want to buy more snacks or items to bring home.

Meet at the PSU library entrance at 10:00 a.m. and we’ll wander together! Dress warmly – it’s all outdoors.

Visit to Tulip Farm and Woodburn Outlet Mall

  • Saturday, April 26
  • 9am - 4pm

Take a trip to a flower-filled farm, for beautiful views and the “country” experience. Bring money for flower bouquets or snacks on the farm. We will have free time to wander the farm, as well as a ride around the farm on the “cow truck”. After our tour, we will spend 2 hours for free time at the Woodburn Outlet Malls for shopping and exploring. Pick up/drop off will be at SY and RC.

$5. Advance sign up required. Sign up at any OIE. Cash only. No refunds. Bring your camera!

Bowling & Games Night at Portland State University (downtown)

  • Friday, May 2nd
  • 6-9 pm

Meet up with other international students to go bowling, play video games and pool, and hang out. Free bowling, video games, shoe rental, sodas and popcorn included.

This will be a fun Friday night of hanging out downtown! There WILL be a tournament with prizes, starting at 7:30. Meet at the location.

$2. Advance sign up required. Sign up at any OIE. Cash only. No refunds.

Timbers Soccer Game

Watch Portland’s professional soccer team play the Columbus Crew. This is going to be a very popular, fun game. The Timbers games are so fun that even if you don’t know anything about soccer, you will have a good time. We have 30 tickets available to F-1 students, their dependents and PCC student friends.

  • When: Saturday, May 17
    • Group meets at 6:15 to enter stadium together/sit together/learn some cheers
    • Game begins at 7:30 pm
  • Price: $15 for F-1 Students and dependents
    • $20 for PCC Students who accompany an F-1 student (maximum of 1 extra ticket allowed)
    • Tickets can be purchased at any PCC OIE. Cash only. No refunds. Reservation will not be made and tickets will not be distributed until waivers are received from all participants (including dependents and guests).

PCC Rock Creek Semana de la Raza

This event is a week of celebration for Latino (Hispanic) culture. Free events include music, theater, and a talent show.

This event is seeking volunteers! Click on the website if you want to volunteer.

PCC Rock Creek Hayride and Farm Tour

  • May 29 (tentative)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Farmer Chat
  • 2:30 – 4 Hayride and Farm Tour

Meet PCC’s resident farmer, Terry, and learn about what the life of an American farmer is like. Terry works for PCC Rock Creek’s farm, which houses many animals for the PCC Rock Creek Veterinary Program. We will ride the tractor/trailer (hayride) for a short tour around the RC campus, and pay a visit to the farm’s sheep, goats, cows and other animals. You’ll get to see the animals up close, and learn a little bit about farming in the process. Dress comfortably and casually, as we’ll be sitting on hay and walking in a barn. Free – limit 25 students, due to space on hayride Meet at the Rock Creek Office of International Education, RC 3, Room 223,

Sample of Events Throughout the Year

Beach Trip

Beach Trip 3

The beach trip is an all-day summer term outing to the northern Oregon coast. The beach is beautiful any time of the year, and we enjoy walking on the beach, eating clam chowder at a beach-side café, and shopping in a typical oceanside town.

Talk Time Cafe

Talk Time 4

Cafe hours are great opportunities to meet other international and American students and the International Education staff. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and share cultures, and is offered every term.

Movie Day

Movie Day is a favorite activity for many international students at PCC because of the different choice of popular movies. Afterward, we often get together at nearby coffee shops and talk about the movies we have just seen.

Snow Day

ski trip

The Snow Day trip takes place during Winter Term when the weather conditions are most favorable for snow sports. If you have never seen snow, here is your chance! We usually go to Mount Hood for a full day of enjoying the snow, and we go sledding, make snow men, play in the snow and have some hot chocolate with friends to warm up.

International Education Week

The International Education Week at PCC happens during the third week of November. It is a celebration of the PCC international students, faculty, and staff living in this global community. There are academic & cultural presentations on every campus as well as a huge final celebration dinner and presentation put on by the OIE staff & students.

International Student Club

PCC has international student clubs on all three campuses. These clubs promote diversity and cultural understanding. F-1 International and American students as well as PCC staff work together to celebrate all the international cultures in our community. Contact your campus's ASPCC for information.

Check out our Things to Do in Portland page for other activities happening off campus!