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We believe that all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, should have access to transformative education. 

For this reason we have designed two programs to help Portland area, low-income college students become globally aware and socially engaged college graduates.

During our year-long mentorship programs our students:

  • Receive personal, logistical and academic support

  • Practice experiential education (learn hands-on instead of in a classroom)

  • Travel to one of five regions of the world (Central America, East Africa, India, South America, or Southeast Asia)

  • Earn 24 credits at Portland State University

  • Build long lasting friendships and life changing experiences

We help you navigate financial aid and scholarship application processes so that finances aren’t an obstacle. Our goal is to make this experience as affordable as possible.

Our programs consist of 3 phases

1. Preparation and financial aid


Learn about travel logistics, deepen your understanding of the country you are going to, get to know your companions and apply for financial aid to cover your expenses.  

2. International experience

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Live with the locals, learn another language, serve the community, develop leadership and get to know more about yourself while traveling with our partner, Carpe Diem Education.

3. Post-travel engagement


Return home, finish PSU coursework and integrate your international experience by engaging with the Portland Community via internships and volunteer projects.



Carpe Mundi has two programs, Carpe College and PDXchange. Both programs are a year-long experience with many of the same components, read below to find out the slight differences between our programs, and find out how you can apply!

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible for the Pell or Oregon Opportunity Grant

  • Residence in the greater Portland Metro area 

  • Be eligible for acceptance to Portland State University (PSU) - not sure if you’re eligible, ask us!

  • When applying, be a senior in high school or a first year college student (so that when you’re participating in the program you are in your first or second year of college)

  • Plan on attending any greater Portland area community college or PSU during the 2019-2020 school year

Application Deadline 

As of November 1st, we are currently accepting applications for our 2019-2020 programming! Applications for both programs are accepted on a rolling basis, meaning the sooner you get your application in, the more likely you are to be accepted.  Priority consideration is given to students who apply before February 1st each year.  


Carpe Mundi wouldn’t be possible without the support of the following partners:

Carpe Diem Education: While students receive mentorship and support from Carpe Mundi while in Portland, they are also Carpe Diem Education students while traveling. Carpe Diem offers a variety of gap year education opportunities for students interested in exploring opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. They organize dynamic, fast-paced adventures in regions around the world to help facilitate higher learning and personal growth. These programs incorporate language learning, homestays, and volunteer projects to provide a more well-rounded learning experience.

Portland State University Education Abroad: Carpe Mundi students earn a minimum of 24 credits through Portland State while abroad, and Carpe Mundi students are therefore PSU students as well! The PSU Ed Abroad office works with all PSU students interested in studying abroad and provides support and resources for your international journey. Visit their website to learn more about what it means to study abroad as a PSU student.

Portland Community College Education Abroad: The majority of Carpe Mundi students are Portland Community College students. The PCC Education Abroad office is another resource and support as students are considering study abroad during college.