Intensive English & Internship Program
- Oregon is full of nature in a safe environment
- Enjoy American campus life at Marylhurst University
- Communicate with students from different countries
- Intensive ESL 4 hours a day
- Internship opportunities at various locations after ESL
- Stay with host families who are carefully interviewed
Purpose of this program
International cultural awareness
Learn and feel the differences of lifestyle, food, and more at a standard
American home stay. Students can learn English though experience and activities
with homestay families. You can practically learn about American culture while
learning English too.
Make friends from all over the world.
At the Marylhurst University campus in Portland Oregon, you can have a great
experience taking ESL lessons with students from several different countries at
Pacific International Academy. There are many chances to make friends through a
lot of activities.
ESL class to help you improve your practical English
In order to improve your English skills, you need to place yourself in a
situation where you hear English every day, helping to take your resistance
(barrier) away and get used to communicating with people not from Japan.
Throughout the program you have many chances to meet many people.
Internship gives you practical working experience
Experience what it is like to work in America. Increase your English skills with
practical experience working.
Examples of Possible Internship Placement Locations
May Father's Place
Clackamas Women's Services
First Methodist Church
Oregon Food Bank
St. Vincent DePaul and Transition Suppers
Mercy Corps Headquarters
Ronald Mc Donald House
Institute on Ageing
Community Gardening Organization
Habitat for Humanity
What's Oregon like
Very mild weather through out year. 1C for winter as lowest, 7C highest and
about 4C generally in winter. For March, about 5C to 15C.
About 1,700,000 people in Portland. Many surveys prove that Portland is the No 1
city where many Americans want to live because of its environment, green nature,
very clean, very few crime cases (about half the cases of CA.) and also no sales
tax on items purchased. Shopping is good.
Pacific International Academy on the Marylhurst University campus
Just 20 minutes from Portland by local bus, in the nice quiet area around Lake
Oswego, there is a private University called Marylhurst University (MU). On the
campus of MU, there is a language school called Pacific International Academy (PIA).
The Staff at PIA welcome you and take care of you while you are there. MU was
built in 1893 as the first Catholic women liberal arts college in Pacific North
West area. Now MU is a co-ed Catholic university and has many strong programs
like Business, Art, and Music. Students can study Art, Communication, History,
English, Humanity, Interior design, Music, Music therapy, MBA, etc...
Small class environment
At PIA, generally there are about 50 students are enrolled. You can enjoy the
benefit of a small, but very friendly, family environment. Average class size is
around 12 students. You take a placement test on the first day and PIA faculty
assigns you to a suitable English level class. Every day, Monday through Friday,
the schedule is 2 hours ESL in the morning and 2 hours ESL in the afternoon.
Four important elements of English lessons are covered: listening, speaking,
reading and writing. There are 5 different levels of English instruction.
PIA has Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Brazilian, France, German...etc. You can make
many friends from many different countries as you see them in a class and also
Many different kinds of fun activities are organized by PIA such as bowling,
movie night, Downtown SS and shopping, Ski tour, Columbia Gorge hike. These
activities make it easy for you to make many friends!
Learn American style of life through living with host family. PIA staff visit
all the possible families and interview them very carefully so the student can
stay there comfortably and safely. Generally, two students pair-up as a group
and stay together at a host family. Two meals a day are provided by the host
family, breakfast and dinner. (Breakfast generally "help yourself" style) For
lunch, you can make your own sandwich at home or stop by MU cafeteria