Office of International Affairs

Margaret Everett, Vice Provost 

107 Extended Studies Building


Ron L. Witczak, Executive Director

101 East Hall


The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides support for international students, scholars and faculty, as well as PSU students and faculty who are planning to study, intern and teach abroad. OIA also houses Centers and Institutes, promoting cultural understanding and engagement focusing on specific geographic regions. In addition OIA hosts Special Programs for international students visiting the US.

Confucius Institute at PSU

Director: Meiru Liu

306 East Hall, 503-725-2285/9810

The Confucius Institute at PSU (CIPSU) is a joint educational project of Portland State University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). CIPSU seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture in the greater Portland area and fosters mutually beneficial educational exchanges between the United States and China. CIPSU’s offerings include non-degree Chinese language and cultural courses for pre-K and K-12 school students, college and graduate students, as well as the general public and business, corporate and government employees. In addition, CIPSU offers Chinese language teacher professional development and training; Chinese proficiency HSK/YCT/BCT tests; academic programs and lecture series related to Chinese culture and contemporary China and scholarships for PSU and Oregon students. The Institute also organizes and hosts local, regional, national and international conferences, forums, symposiums and seminars.

CIPSU hosts visiting faculty from the PRC and has a board of directors drawn from the greater Portland area. The board consists of professors from Portland State University and other educational institutions, as well as Portland-area businesses and individuals with a strong interest in China. CIPSU is an independently funded entity that reports to PSU’s Office of International Affairs.

International Partnerships

Director: Joyce Hamilla

239 East Hall, 503-725-4878

The Office of International Partnerships (OIP) is the focal point for all Portland State University international strategic partnerships. PSU is committed to developing robust, multi-faceted partnerships that include transfer & pathway programs, short-term special programs, education abroad for PSU students, alumni engagement, private sector engagements, and scholarly exchange. Linking these opportunities together under the umbrella of a single comprehensive partnership facilitates a rich international experience for PSU students and faculty. OIP manages 293 partnerships in 54 countries and serves as a bridge to connect PSU faculty and staff to international opportunities. OIP also provides robust cultural and institutional expertise to PSU faculty, staff, and international partners seeking to navigate the complex university landscape.

Institute for Asian Studies

307 East Hall, 503-725-8576

The mission of the Institute is to contribute to the internationalization objectives of PSU by: promoting research, training, teaching, curricular development, and public awareness on all parts of Asia; collaborating with other units of the University, and with other educational organizations in Oregon, to promote better understanding of Asia, past and present; sponsoring conferences, speakers training programs, and other Asia-focused activities; and working with PSU administration and faculty to develop strategies for increasing the coherence and effectiveness of the University’s Asia programs and its profile in Asia.

Middle East Studies Center

Director: Birol Yesilada

650 H Urban & Public Affairs, 503-725-4074


The mission of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is to promote and facilitate research, teaching, faculty training and development, and public awareness on all regions of the Middle East. The Center started in 1959 as the first federally supported undergraduate program for Arabic language and Middle East area studies in the nation. Over the years, the MESC expanded to include all the major languages and other disciplines of the region. Today, Portland State’s Middle East studies curriculum includes foreign language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, as well as area studies courses in a number of disciplines. The Middle East studies program boasts a distinguished faculty and vast library resources. The Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. In addition, the Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

The Center's core responsibilities are academic and outreach: to help sponsor conferences, speakers, training programs, and other relevant events and activities related to Middle East studies broadly defined. The Center further seeks to guide and train students who plan to make a career in this field. To support these initiatives, the MESC closely works with academic and administrative units across campus. As an outgrowth of these core responsibilities, it also conducts outreach activities with local, national, and international educational and community organizations.


Please take a look at the various activities of our center on our web page and consider becoming a friend of the MESC. You can contact us through our contact page or call us at (503) 725-4074.

IE3: Global Internships

The international internship program, administered by IE3 Global, enables PSU students to acquire international experience for credit as part of their degree.

An IE3 Global Internship is a supervised, practical, international work experience. Ranging from 10 weeks to nine months of full-time work, the internship integrates academic credit on the home campus with on-the-job experience, allowing students to gain valuable skills while working toward their degree.

The benefits gained from an international internship are numerous: personal growth, a better understanding of world affairs, competitive advantage in the job market, proficiency in a foreign language, understanding of a foreign culture, knowledge of professional practices in another country, maturity and confidence, and professional contacts for future career development.

IE3 offers internships throughout the world in private-sector companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The latest information on available internships can be found here:

International Student and Scholar Services

Director: Christina Luther

Associate Director: Jill Townley

101 East Hall, 503-725-4094

International Student and Scholar Services staff work with admitted international students, visiting scholars, and international faculty. The office is a central source of information on the services and programs available to these groups. The office works closely with sponsoring agencies, diplomatic missions, and other government agencies to resolve academic, financial, immigration and adjustment issues.

Services and programs offered to international students, scholars and faculty include:

  • An intensive orientation program for all incoming international students and faculty.
  • Provision of immigration advising for students, visiting scholars, exchange students and scholars.
  • Three scholarship programs specifically for international students.
  • Sponsorship of a wide variety of educational and social events for international students and scholars with University and community groups, including a mentoring program which matches new international students with returning students.
  • Weekly or quarterly workshops on issues affecting internationals, such as insurance, work permission, taxes, etc.
  • A weekly International Coffee Hour open to all PSU students, staff, and faculty.
  • Advising for faculty and staff regarding the invitation and employment of international faculty.
  • Preparation of Labor Certification applications on behalf of international faculty.
  • Advising of international faculty (and their dependents) on regulations and procedures for maintaining legal status, travel, employment authorization, and other issues.

For more information about staff and services, please visit our websites: and

For information about international student admissions, contact the Office of Admissions at 503-725-3511 or

For information about English as a Second Language (ESL), contact the Intensive English Language Program, University Center Building Suite 400, 503-725-4088 or

International Special Programs

Director: Jeff Baffaro

225 East Hall


International Special Programs (ISP) provides short-term training and education programs for professional and student groups, custom-designed for specific international organizations/agencies/institutions, which draw on resources and expertise of PSU faculty and the Portland community to provide specialized instruction.

ISP provides administrative, logistical, and curricular support services to provide for a custom-designed group package experience which includes instruction, extra-/co-curricular activities, transportation, housing and meals. ISP hosts 30-35 groups a year. For more information visit our website at

PSU-Waseda Transnational Programs (WTP)

Director: Sally S. Mudiamu

220 East Hall, 503-725-5728

PSU-WASEDA Transnational Programs (WTP) runs year-long academic programs for international students at PSU. WTP offers tracks in Business Administration, International Studies, and Health & Sustainability. These programs can serve as reverse study abroad or degree pathways. The one-year curriculum allows highly motivated international students with 460-526 TOEFL scores to immediately enroll in regular courses with local students. Students enrolled in the Waseda Transnational Programs will not be restricted to enroll in regular ESL courses. The program is accelerated and therefore available to motivated and select students who meet certain criteria.

The WTP Office is results-centered for its students' success and provides an extremely high level of support to its students including: 24/7 on-call student services assistant, extracurricular volunteer placements, housing placement, academic advising, TOEFL preparation and cultural/daily living adjustment. The courses are taught by regular PSU faculty and language support specialists to ensure that students are successful and able to participate with native English speakers in the classroom.

Education Abroad

Director: Jen Hamlow

206 East Hall, 503-725-5309

PSU supports a long-standing tradition that study of other cultures and places is an essential component of modern education. As a result of our commitment to internationalization the Office of International Affairs sponsors a wide variety of education abroad programs for PSU students year-round. The University administers some of these programs directly, while others are conducted in cooperation with educational associations such as IE3 Global, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), IFSA-Butler, and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).

The office also seeks to facilitate teaching and other opportunities abroad for faculty and to develop bilateral exchanges with universities abroad which will provide exchange opportunities for both faculty and students.

Advisers in the Office of International Affairs provide guidance and assistance for students who seek to enrich their university education through education abroad. PSU offers over 200 programs in more than 80 countries. Because these programs offer residence credit and home campus registration, participating students who are eligible for financial aid at PSU may apply it, in most cases, to these study programs.

PSU has been working with faculty to develop a variety of short-term overseas experiences for students. The length of these programs ranges from two weeks to six weeks, and they are offered throughout the academic year. PSU faculty members have taken students to the Caribbean, Ghana, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, Italy, Guatemala, Suriname, India, and Costa Rica. As these programs vary from year to year, please contact the Office of International Affairs for more information.

Education Abroad opportunities are subject to change throughout the year. For the most current listing of programs available, please visit our website at, or come to our office in East Hall, room 101.

Fulbright Program

Director: Debra Z. Clemans

101 East Hall

Portland State participates in the International Educational Exchange Program authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act. Awards available include those offered by the U.S. government, foreign governments, universities, and private donors. Grants are available to qualified graduating seniors, alumni, and graduate students for English teaching or advanced research, to qualified faculty for lecturing and research, and to teachers for overseas teacher programs.

Grants for Graduate Study Abroad and Alumni

Fulbright opportunities are announced annually  on April 1, and applications should be prepared as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of application materials to the Fulbright adviser is September 7, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Fulbright program director disseminates information about grant opportunities and assists in processing grant applications.

UK Summer Institutes for Undergraduates

Fulbright Summer Programs to the UK are available to undergraduate students with at least two years of study left to complete. Contact Debra Clemans to learn more. Deadlines are in winter term. 

University Lecturing/Advanced Research

The Office of International Affairs provides information to faculty on grants for university lecturing or advanced research. Application deadline for most programs is August 1.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

This Fulbright-Hays program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. Deadlines vary. Visit and contact Debra Clemans at if you decide to apply.  

Boren Programs

David L. Boren Scholarships (NSEP)

Director: Debra Clemans

101 East Hall

Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students are available through this federally funded program for the purpose of helping more Americans learn the languages and cultures of countries and regions deemed critical to U.S. national security. It aims to build a base of future leaders and professionals who can help the United States make sound decisions, deal effectively with global issues, and to enhance and increase the faculty who can educate U.S. citizens toward achievement of these goals. This scholarship includes a service requirement once a student has completed his or her degree. Applications are due early in winter term each year. Interviews are held on the PSU campus prior to Boren deadlines. Those interested should contact the Boren director listed above for more information on requirements and application details. Information sessions are available during fall term.