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International Students

For those who may be thinking about coming to the United States to attend school, Concordia University-Portland welcomes you. A cornerstone of our northeast Portland neighborhood since 1905, Concordia is a private, Lutheran liberal arts university that welcomes students of every culture and faith. The campus has 3,000 students, many of whom live in spacious and comfortable new residence halls. Downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport are just a few minutes away by car or bus. Dozens of local shops, services, restaurants, and a movie theater are all within walking distance. The campus is also very safe and well cared for. From the newest staff member to the most seasoned professor, we are a Christian university united by a common goal: Preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

Small Classes, Personal Attention

Here at Concordia, class sizes are small and faculty are leaders in their fields of expertise who go out of their way to help you succeed. Students come from all over the world, choosing from 25 undergraduate majors plus graduate degrees in Business, Education, International Service Learning, and Teaching English as a Second Language. We invite you to explore our web site and hope to welcome you in person to our beautiful campus!

Your Home Away From Home

We are very proud of our university and want you to feel safe and comfortable in your "home away from home." The connections you make at Concordia go well beyond smiles and hellos between classes. At Concordia, you have an entire community cheering you on and supporting you every step of the way. If you should have any questions, be sure to contact us at any time.

Requirements and Specifications

Concordia University defines an international student to be a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). Exceptions apply if you are currently in the U.S. in one of the following statuses: Refugee, Asylum, Parolee or Confidential Entrant.

You are eligible to apply for admission to Concordia University as an international undergraduate student if you have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education (approximately 12 years of formal education starting at age six). You must have either an appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on a leaving examination. 

Some secondary certificates represent an education that exceeds or falls short of the preparation required for entering Concordia University. For questions about your certificate or credits, please contact the Office of Admission.

Recommended Deadlines for submitting an application:

  • Fall Semester:               July 1
  • Spring Semester:          November 1
  • Summer Semester:       April 1