Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

  • International Education
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Portland Community College offers academic English courses on all of its campuses. The program consists of 8 levels. Each course is 11 weeks long during fall, winter, and spring terms. Courses are 8 weeks long during summer term. You may enter a course at the beginning of any term.

The English Language Program prepares students for university studies or for personal needs.

  • 8 levels from beginning to upper advanced
  • Quality instruction and support services
  • Free computer labs equipped with internet and email
  • Free tutoring centers
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No TOEFL Score Required

PCC does NOT require a TOEFL score. Instead, all new students MUST take an English placement test during orientation.

  • The English placement test measures your current level of English proficiency.
  • Depending on your level of English proficiency, you may have to take English language classes before you can take regular academic classes.
  • Please review the English Proficiency Requirement.

If you place into English Language Courses

The English language program prepares students for university studies or for personal needs.

Intensive English: IE (Levels 1-3)

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  • Levels 1-3 are combined.
  • Depending on the language level, students may need to repeat the IE levels before they can advance to ESOL level 4.
  • These classes are non-credit, with 18 contact hours per week.
  • These classes are only for international students with F-1 Visas.

English for Speakers of Other Languages: ESOL (Levels 4-8)

  • ESOL classes (level 4-8) are offered at all of the main PCC campuses, and several of the centers.
  • Students in levels 4-8 can earn credits towards an Associate’s degree at PCC, and for transfer credit to a U.S. university.
  • Required classes in reading, writing, and speaking/listening.
  • Special classes at all levels e.g. U.S. culture, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, college preparation, and service-learning.
  • Level 8 is the highest level.
  • You must complete the ESOL program (complete level 8) before you can register full-time for regular academic classes.


  • Intensive English (Levels 1-3) - $2400 per term
  • ESOL Courses (Levels 4-8) - $191 per credit (for F-1 international students)
  • Additional Fees
    • Student Activity Fee - $3.15 per credit
    • Technology Fee - $4.50 per credit
    • College Service Fee - $15 per term
    • Transportation Fee - $8 per term
    • Health Insurance (required of all students) - $366 per term