Lewis & Clark, a private, liberal arts school located in Portland, Oregon, has offered its top ESL program for over 40 years. The forested campus is home to undergraduate, graduate, and law schools. Lewis & Clark is known both for its focus on community and its internationally conscious coursework. U.S. News & World Review ranked the school in the top 100 “Best US Colleges in National Liberal Arts” for 2017.
Director Academic English Studies
Academic English Studies (AES) provides intermediate to advanced academic English classes for students preparing for undergraduate and graduate studies as well as for career development. Attendees have gone on to graduate programs at universities such as Georgetown, George Washington University, and William and Mary, among others.
AES courses are content-based, providing non-native speakers the language support to effectively develop their English in an environment similar to regular university courses. Credits earned as a part of the AES program can be applied to the Lewis & Clark undergraduate degree.
International students are a vital part of the Lewis & Clark community. The student body of only 2,000 is comprised of students from 60 countries and most US states. International students (around 10%) receive many benefits—ranging from need and merit-based financial aid and staff support to international clubs and fairs as well as a multicultural residence hall.
“We believe that involving our students with the entire Lewis & Clark campus and Portland community is essential to providing an exceptional learning experience,” said Director Academic English Studies, Laura Shier.
The campus is located in a quiet, residential area about five miles (eight kilometers) from downtown Portland—one of the safest, most scenic, and culturally rich cities in the country. Live music, local food, art exhibitions, and film screenings are never far away since the university provides a free shuttle. Oregon’s mountains and coastline open the door to countless outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. Many students participate in the popular College Outdoors program and all services, clubs, and facilities are available to AES students.