American Homestay Network – Portland

Portland is known for being just a little different and the residents are proud of it. You can buy a donut shaped like a Voodoo doll, shop tax free, and have someone pump your gas for you. Among the unique features are several great colleges including Portland State University, University of Portland and Reed College. While studying here make sure to have fun exploring all of the strange and wonderful things is the city!

Fun Facts About Portland

  • Portland is the only US city with a dormant volcano within the city limits.
  • Portland is considered one of the most green cities in the world.
  • Portland has over 60 microbreweries, which is more than any other city in the world.
  • The Candy Basket in Portland is home to the world’s largest continual chocolate waterfall.
  • All the gas stations in the city are full service and you could be charged up to $500 for trying to pump your own gas.

Colleges in Portland

Portland State University
Programs: School of Business Administration, the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Graduate School of Education.
Interesting fact: Carolyn Davidson, creator of the Nike swoosh graduate from PSU.

University of Portland
Programs: Nursing, Biology, Finance, Spanish, and Mechanical Engineering
Interesting Fact: The mascot is Wally the Pilot.

Reed College
Programs: Biology, Psychology, English and Philosphy
Interesting Fact: Only private undergraduate college with a primarily student-run nuclear reactor.

Portland Community College
Programs: Biology and Management of Zoo Animals, Geology. Nursing, and Microelectronics technology
Interesting Fact: Oregon’s largest community college enrolling more than 83,000 students annually.

Willamette University
Programs: College of Law, Atkinson Graduate School of Management (MBA), College of Liberal Arts
Interesting fact: Founded in 1842, Willamette is the oldest university in the western United States.

Lewis and Clark University
Programs: : Social Sciences; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and English Language and Literature/Letters.
Interesting Fact: The historic M. Lloyd Frank estate is located in the center of the campus. The campus grounds are stunningly beautiful.

Explore The City

Try a Meetup! is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in Arizona. Here are few groups to start out with:


Portland has 4 seasons and can get really hot and humid in the summer and very cold in the winter. There will be a lot of snow in the winter so pack your snow boots and scarves!

History and Demographics

Portland has an underground system of tunnels that have a very interesting history. Take a moment to learn about them and the people that live in the city today!

Portland History
Shanghai Underground
Portland Demographics