Summer Term Activities- 2014

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

Weekly Events

Conversation Partners Program

Rock Creek

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

Every Friday: (Mr. Jonathan) 9:00 - 11:00 - Northwestern male who has a lot of experience with cultures (Japanese, Spanish, German, French) and his step-mother is Chinese. Volunteers as tutor for handicapped students, likes to help people with schoolwork, and works at a bookstore!


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

Summer Term OIE Activities

Portland Thorns Game (Portland’s All-female Professional Soccer Team)

Watch the Thorns play Kansas City at the Providence Park in downtown Portland.  Women’s professional sports are becoming very popular, and these ladies rock the soccer field.  Sit with other international students and join us in some cheers!

The Thorns games are so fun that even if you don’t know anything about soccer, you will have a good time.  The OIE has 18 tickets available to F-1 students, their dependents and friends.


Sunday, July 13, 2:00


$5 for F-1 Students and dependents, $10 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.


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Wander the Lunchtime Farmer’s Market (Downtown Portland)

Wednesday, July 23



Check out the summer farmer’s market with staff from the OIE and other international students.  We’ll check out fresh foods, homemade crafts, delicious lunch items, and some good 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)!   In addition, the Activities Coordinator (Nicole) will buy a selection of items for the group to share together.  Bring your own cash if you want to buy more snacks or items to bring home.  More info:

Meet at 1037 SW Broadway (downtown Portland) at 12:00 noon. and we’ll wander together!

Dress for the weather – it’s all outdoors, and we may have to sit on the ground or grass.


Beach Trip!

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August 2nd, All day. 

Buses will pick up at 9:30 a.m. Sylvania and 10:00 Rock Creek 

Return to RC at 7:00 and SY at 7:30 (approximate return times)

We will visit the beach together for a day of sunshine (we hope), relaxing and hanging out.

Location: Pacific City Beach

Pacific City is a pristine beach that is right next to a great area of sand dunes that you can climb and hike on.  There is also a nice restaurant (Pelican Pub) and coffee shop near the beach, so if you get tired of sunning yourself, there is a place to go hang out!  Bring a sack lunch, or money for food in the restaurants and some fun stuff for activities (soccer balls, kites, blankets, and good walking shoes if you want to climb the dunes).

$5 for F-1 Students or dependents, $10 for PCC students

*Sign up begins July 15 at any OIE.  The OIE has 45 spots available to F-1 students, their dependents and friends.  Cash only, no refunds.


Timbers Soccer Game

Watch Portland’s professional soccer team play their rivals, the Seattle Sounders.  This is going to be a very popular, fun game.  It will be loud and crowded!  The Timbers games are so fun that even if you don’t know anything about soccer, you will have a good time.  We have 48 tickets available to F-1 students, their dependents and PCC student friends.


Sunday, August 24

Game begins at 2:00 pm, but you should arrive earlier to get a seat since it is sold out.


$15 for F-1 Students and dependents

$25 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 payment is made.

*Tickets on sale July 25

The OIE is selling these tickets to students, but it is not an OIE hosted event.  Tickets will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis and students will attend the event on their own accord.  Because the tickets are general admission, you should arrive with the people you would like to sit with and find seats together.

Weekly Events during Fall, Winter and Spring Terms (NO Talk Time or Conversation Cafe in summer)

Conversation Groups

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  (fall location to be determined)
  • 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

Sample of OIE Events Throughout the Year

Beach Trip

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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

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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 (Fall term). 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 the 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!