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Study Abroad destinations

Willamette University at PNCA

Oregon, USA

Founded in 1909, Willamette University at PNCA is a private, non-profit fine arts and design college.

The class sizes are a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio and are small enough that the professors know students by name. You are encouraged to get to know your professor while they get to know you. You are encouraged to develop on your creative, technical, and professional skills, collaborate and think critically all whilst studying.

Willamette University at PNCA campus life is rich with possibility for participation in student exhibitions, campus events, and club activities. There are also informal gatherings and spontaneous interactions. The University hosts more than 700 free public events each year, bringing important lecturers, panels, projects, and exhibitions to campus.

The university is situated in the centre of Portland, which is a city that’s friendly enough to feel like a small town and is just 60 miles from both Mount Hood and the Pacific Ocean.

What you can study

CourseWhen you can study
Animation BA  2nd year, Semester 2  
Graphic Design BA 2nd year, Semester 2 
Fine Art BA 2nd year, Semester 1 or 2 
Photography BA 2nd year, Semester 1 or 2 
Illustration BA 2nd year, Semester 1 or 2 

Academic information

Choosing your modules

You need to gain the following credits from your modules:

  • 12 to 15 credits per semester
  • 24 to 30 credits per year. 

Please see the module catalogue (PDF, 343 kB) for Willamette University at PNCA.

Academic calendar

The academic year is split into 2 semesters:

  • Semester 1: Late August to mid December (approximate dates)
  • Semester 2: Mid January to mid May (approximate dates)


Accommodation abroad

Willamette University at PNCA offers 2 college housing - ArtHouse and Marshall.

For more information visit Willamette University at PNCA.

Accommodation in York

If you study abroad for 1 semester, you are guaranteed university accommodation for the semester you are in York.

Costs and visas


Funding is available to help you with study abroad costs. Please see our Funding page for more details.

Additional costs

This information is about additional costs of studying at this host university. Please be aware that prices are subject to change, and the list may not be exhaustive.

We recommend looking at the host website, as well as entry requirements for the country, to get a full understanding of the costs involved.


Please make sure you have an up to date passport that expires no earlier than 6 months after you intend to return.

You will be provided with guidance and documentation from the partner university but it will be your responsibility to obtain the correct visa. Neither the Study Abroad team here or at the partner university are qualified to offer consultations or detailed advice regarding visa applications. Immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes.

If you do have any visa-related questions you will need to contact the appropriate Embassy directly.

Approximate cost: $340 (plus cost of travel to US Embassy in London)

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