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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

  • Residence in the greater Portland Metro area 

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

  • Be a student at Portland Community College, Mount Hood Community College, Clark Community College, Clackamas Community College, or PSU

  • 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)

application deadline 

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will launch in November, 2018! Applications for both programs are accepted on a rolling basis.  Priority consideration is given to students who apply before February 1 each year.  

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