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Lewis & Clark University 

Program Overview 

Location: Portland, Oregon
Culture: Collaborative, civic
Neighborhood: Big city meets small town
Housing: On-campus residence hall
English level: Beginner - advanced

Lewis & Clark University is a private institution with a public conscience and global reach. Located just outside downtown Portland, Lewis & Clark offers SAF Scholars a unique opportunity to study in a beautiful urban city, while offering the chance for them to explore the natural beauty of Washington State.

Through the Language Program, SAF Scholars may expect to receive the kind of personalized attention that is characteristic of this American private university. Class sizes are small, affording students the unique opportunity for interaction and collaboration they wouldn’t find at a larger university. SAF Scholars may work one-on-one with professors or students inside or outside of the classroom.

The city of Portland, where Lewis & Clark is located, is home to more than 60 percent of Oregon’s population and provides SAF Scholars with access to all the trappings (restaurants, museums, markets) of a mid-sized American metropolis. It has been said that Sapporo, Japan, is Portland’s oldest sister city, making for a strong cultural connection between the two cities.

Student Profile

Lewis & Clark students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders. Through an academic philosophy, driven by a Liberal Arts curriculum, students are challenged to identify with their own culture, while exploring others' cultures, perspectives and ways of life. In this way, SAF Scholars eager to expand their worldview by engaging with students and staff (through academics and extracurricular activities) would be a right-fit for this university.

Other Programs at University

Lewis & Clark does not offer other programs.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Semester (August – December)

Program Strengths

Due to the small student body and highly connected university community, SAF Scholars will have ample opportunities to develop essential language skills and appropriate learning strategies that promise to advance their cross-cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week


Number of Levels

Levels 1-5 (low intermediate to advanced transition)

Elective Courses Offered

At the advanced level students will undertake on seminar course and past topics have included: Film & US Culture; Global Issues; Sustainability; Technology & Society

Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options at Lewis & Clark.

Housing Type

On-campus residence hall


Meal plan

Type of Room


Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have access to more than 100 different clubs and activities. Sporting activities are also available for SAF Scholars to participate in, as well as religious, cultural and art clubs. Outdoor activities are extremely popular among students as well. SAF Scholars who wish to travel a few hours from Portland, may explore beautiful mountains, beaches, volcanoes, deserts and forests.

Life on Campus

Student wellness is a focus at Lewis & Clark and within the State of Oregon. As such, the university provides scholars with healthy dining and activity choices to empower them to try new things and improve their overall life.
Last Updated: 1/9/19