Chemeketa Community College is an exciting and diverse place to learn and grow. Students from all age groups and experiences with a wide variety of educational goals attend. Each year we serve over 175 international students from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and countries.
At Chemeketa, you can study Intensive English, earn a Transfer Degree to a four-year university or obtain a Two-Year Technical Degree to begin a career. The most popular transfer programs include Business, Social Sciences, and Engineering.
Some of our outstanding two-year degree programs include computer electronics, graphic design, hospitality management, nursing, and viticulture, among many others. Chemeketa offers an outstanding range of international student services and activities to help students get started, like orientation programs and housing assistance. Other services are designed to help students succeed, including academic tutoring, writing and math centers, drop-in advising, conversation tables, employment opportunities and clubs.
Chemeketa offers a high pace Intensive English program. The Language and Culture Institute offers English classes at your level, with students from many different countries around the world. A single class may have students from as many as 20 different countries, including those of South and Central America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Chemeketa's English department will help you develop good writing habits, critical thinking skills and reading comprehension proficiency. Most Chemeketa students will take English courses ranging from Introduction to Composition to advanced literature courses like Shakespeare and Early American Literature.
At Chemeketa you can also earn a transfer degree to a four-year university or obtain a two-year technical degree to begin a career. Popular transfer programs include Business, Social Sciences, and Engineering.
Discover America's Pacific Wonderland!
Improve your English and experience US Culture in Chemeketa's Intensive English Program!
You can take English classes through our five Intensive English levels. You will be in classes with 18-25 language learners from many different countries. Instructors are experienced teachers with Master’s Degrees..
Every term lasts 11 weeks. Our Fall term begins in late September, Winter term begins in January and Spring Term begins at the end of March. Summer term lasts 8 weeks and begins around the third week of June.
Chemeketa is located in Salem, the capital city of Oregon. A small city with a rich local history, a mild climate, and a low crime rate, Salem is surrounded by the orchards and farms of the fertile Willamette Valley.
About 150,000 people call Salem home and enjoy its tree-lined streets, riverfront park, and convenience to downtown shopping. Every year, Salem hosts the World Beat Festival organized by our diverse cultural community and featuring food, music, and dances from around the world. Salem and its surrounding communities have Latino, Asian, European, Pacific Islander, and many other populations that bring a wealth of perspectives to the city.
Temperatures in the summer may vary from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius, while winter temperatures vary from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius. Most of the total rainfall occurs from November through March. The summer months are generally dry. Although Oregon is best known for the temperate climate and the rain that creates green farms and forests, it is also good to plan for summer heat and occasional winter snow.
Salem is located about an hour from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, offering opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities for which the Pacific Northwest is noted. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, is less than an hour drive to the north. Portland offers a wide variety of cultural activities and Portland International Airport is easily accessible from Salem.