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Lewis & Clark

Academic English Studies (AES) [Portland, Oregon]


  • Complete the ESL program in good academic standing and enroll in Lewis & Clark without TOEFL or SAT
  • Enjoy a rich academic experience with a high degree of freedom to promote creativity and critical thinking
  • Join the Lewis & Clark Outdoors Program and go backpacking, rafting, skiing or sea kayaking throughout Oregon
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Lewis and Clark's intensive English program was established in 1972. Academic English Studies (AES) is an academically oriented intensive English program which assists students in the development of essential language skills, appropriate learning strategies, and cross-cultural awareness. Graduating students of the AES will possess the necessary skills for successful integration into Lewis & Clark undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as those of other universities and businesses. Content-based courses reflect an emphasis on developing a student’s ability to meet the cognitive and affective challenges of the academic environment, while developing advanced English language skills. The AES is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs), an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English Programs in the United States, and EnglishUSA(The American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private University
      Establishment : 1972
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 50 - 90
      Average Class Size : 8 - 14
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Shuttle
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Lewis & Clark in beautiful Portland, Oregon!
      As the Director of the Academic English Studies (AES) program, I welcome you to our profile on! In the AES program, I have the opportunity to work with both exceptional faculty and students. I am proud that we have developed a detailed and relevant curriculum that will assist you in preparing for future academic work.

      We introduce our students to our library and computer labs, help them practice English using different research tools, and give them many different opportunities to practice their newly-acquired language skills; additionally, we strongly support our students’ efforts to integrate themselves into our community. I greatly enjoy working with our Conversation Group and our Friendship Family Coordinators. They bring our students together with families in the Portland area and members of the Lewis & Clark campus community.

      AES students have full access to all campus facilities and services, and also enjoy getting to know their American roommates. When you study in the AES program, you will have the opportunity to apply 24 AES course credits toward a Lewis & Clark undergraduate degree. If you have any questions or if you would like more information about our AES program, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you here in Portland!
      Laura Shier
      Director, Academic English Studies
    • Lewis & Clark
      Academic English Studies, MSC 125

      0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
      Portland, Oregon  97219-7899  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (503) 768-7310 (PST)
      FAX: +1 (503) 768-7320
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending the AES, students can experience living on-campus in university dormitories. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. About 1,000 undergraduate and most AES students live together on the Lewis and Clark campus. The AES may introduce private off-campus apartments, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The Lewis & Clark campus lies in a beautiful, quiet residential area 10 kilometers from downtown Portland, Oregon. Known as the "City of Roses," Portland offers its 1.7 million residents a lively scene of arts, sports, and ethnic and cultural diversity complimented by picturesque surroundings and a temperate climate. The city of Portland boasts 1,200 acres of parks, 35 theater and dance companies, 33 music associations, more than 55 galleries and museums and more than 1,000 restaurants. Students and residents can also enjoy easy access to the ski slopes of the Cascade Mountains, year-round skiing on Mount Hood and 650 kilometers of Oregon's rugged, unspoiled coastline. Throughout the year, sports lovers can cheer on Portland's professional football, baseball, hockey and NBA basketball teams. Portland is 290 kilometers from the international, cosmopolitan city of Seattle.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1867, Lewis & Clark is an academically selective four-year private institution. Lewis & Clark's liberal arts and sciences curriculum provides students structure to ensure a rich academic experience, however it also offers a high degree of freedom to promote creativity and critical thinking. Lewis & Clark has a distinctive international character and has long taken pride in its commitment to enroll international students. The beautifully wooded, 133-acre campus overlooking Willamette Valley and Mount Hood is home to more than 1,800 undergraduate students from forty-eight American states and more than 50 countries around the world, in addition to over 160 faculty members. Outside of the classroom, students are actively involved in many co-curricular activities including art exhibits, theater productions, dance performances, recitals, lectures and concerts. Students can participate in the Lewis & Clark's distinguished Lewis & Clark Outdoors Program and go backpacking, rafting, skiing or sea kayaking throughout the state of Oregon.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students in AES will earn 24 academic credits. These credits can be used toward their undergraduate degrees. Conditional admission to the university is available(for Undergraduate only).
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Academic English Studies follows the Lewis & Clark semester calendar, with two 16-week sessions per year during the fall and winter seasons. AES also offers a 12-week intensive summer semester and a short 4-week program during the summer. Students enrolled in the Program receive 20 hours of in-class instruction per week and also participate in computer, reading, and audio-visual laboratory activities.

      The AES curriculum offers 5 levels of full-time instruction including a level for academic transition to the undergraduate program. Students in the advanced levels may audit an undergraduate course with consent of their instructors. AES courses focus on an integration of language skills and cover a variety of subjects. Students can take ESL content-based courses in areas such as business, computers, science, media, drama, and library research skills.

      Small, interactive classes are emphasized to ensure full student participation. Class sizes range from 6 to 10 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 - 14 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,8,12,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      4 WEEKS:
      7/12 - 8/5

      16 WEEKS:
      8/30 - 12/15

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      16 WEEKS US$ 7,334
      6 WEEKS N/A US$ 960 (estimated) N/A
      12 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,920 (estimated) N/A
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,947-3,939 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      US$ 1,087
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees do not include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Portland, Oregon
    • Location
      Lewis & Clark
      Academic English Studies, MSC 125

      0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road Portland, Oregon  97219-7899  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Portland International Airport:
      School provides free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 20 minutes. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$30 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes. Additionally, the campus is accessible by both train and buses that run on a limited schedule.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.8
      School Environment: 5.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 3.8
      Accommodation: 4.8


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Milim Jeong
      [ Busan, USA, Age 23, Female ]
      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      Highly Recommend
      Portland itself is very beautiful and the people are friendly to foreigners. There was no stress at all when it came to life in Portland even though it took some time to adjust to a new place. The classes are small enough so that we have plenty of chances to participate in class. The teachers are eager to get students involved in class and they are very nice. In particular, the AES office is there for you when you need help with anything. The school bulidings are clean and modern. and the surroundings are beautiful. I had hoped that the school might offer some more outdoor activities, but the school did arrange a series of activities for international students, although the participation rate was quite low since there were some students who already lived in Portland or in the USA before. However, overall, I loved it and I would highly recommend other students to study English at Lewis & Clark College.
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      Gina Hsu
      [ Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Age 22, Female ]
      It’s good to study here!
      I really like to study at Lewis & Clark College; it’s really a good school to learn English. In the beginning, I decided to study here for one semester, but at the end of the semester, I changed my mind to stay here for one more semester. The professors here help us a lot. They help us to solve every problem we have. They want us to learn more and learn something useful. Although the tuition is a little bit expensive, it is worth it. Besides, people here are really kind and friendly. They greet you even though they don’t know who you are. In addition, we have lots of outdoor activities. It’s good to study here.
      L&C is located in a mountain. It is 30 minutes from downtown. However, we have a shuttle bus to go downtown every day, and it’s free. Also, we have Max and street cars downtown. Anyway, it’s really convenient to study here!
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