Program Description

Transformative international research and learning opportunities prepare students for an interconnected world

We recognize how important it is for students at a 21st century art school to develop an awareness of diverse cultures, a sensitivity to cultural difference and awareness of culture’s formative effects. And we know we are a better community of learners and educators when we embrace difference and a multiplicity of worldviews and experiences.

That's why the International Office facilitates international research and learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and staff through the creation and management of international exchanges, collaborations, and abroad programs; the recruitment and support of international students; and, the promotion of on-campus intercultural experiences.

Through our Global Learning and Diversity Development (GLADD) Initiative, implemented by the International Office in 2016, our office continues to develop partnerships, stakeholders, and financial support to increase PNCA students’ access to Global Learning.

Degree-seeking students, please begin the admissions process here.

If you need support in making your application or have any questions, please contact us.

Graduate degree-seeking students, please refer to our frequently asked questions list here

Office of International Education (OIE)
Room 268
Office: 503-821-8888

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Outgoing Exchange Students

PNCA Students Abroad

Studying internationally and off-campus through PNCA Global Studios provides a rewarding, valuable, and life-changing experience. You'll learn to understand a different culture, broaden your education with new perspectives, and develop a network of friends and contacts both globally and nationally, which in turn enhances your employability giving you a competitive edge. Opportunities through PNCA include both Short-Term and Semester Long Programs.

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Degree-seeking Students

International Students Seeking Degrees

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) invites degree-seeking international students to join us here at our world-class center of learning, innovation, and creative research on the Pacific Rim.

The International Office supports students who need a nonimmigrant visa or who need support for a current nonimmigrant visa in order to attend and graduate from PNCA.

Incoming Exchange Students

Students from Around the World

Pacific Northwest College of Art supports a growing international exchange program through articulation agreements with international partners. These exchanges are usually in the second year of three-year programs or the third year of four year programs.

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Visiting Scholars

International Visiting Scholars

The International Office guides international visiting scholars through the visa process. And we often host events to introduce to the visitor to the PNCA community. These visitors include professors and scholars and artists who come to teach, lecture, product exhibitions, and/or perform research on specific topics.

We also facilitate faculty exchanges, offering participants exposure to different pedagogy and opportunities for research and collaborative projects within our Global Learning Network.

Questions? Contact us

We are here to help. For all of your International Office questions, contact me M-F, 9am-5pm PST.

Office of International Education (OIE)
Room 268
Office: 503-821-8888


Office of International Education Staff

Kris Lou, PhD


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Chris Andresen

Associate Director

Amy Nelson Green

Assistant Director

Dash Hillgartner

International Programs Advisor

Chelsea McQuarrie

Administrative Programs Coordinator