Students arriving during Chemeketa Community College's official Arrival Dates will be picked up from the airport and treated to a local tour. Those students who come on the first day will also receive one night hotel accommodation. This will be a great opportunity for new international students to get to know the Salem area, other students, and the International Programs staff.
International Programs requires all students to attend the International Student Orientation. If students arrive during designated arrival dates, they will receive the following services-
Please click here for a list of our important dates.
We encourage our new students to arrive on the first day (of arrival); if possible, in order to take advantages of these services as well as get rested before orientation.
During the arrival period we will also help you either move into your homestay or assist you with renting an apartment. Chemeketa does not have on-campus housing. However, we have wonderful host families. These families offer you the opportunity to learn more about American culture and English language practice.
If you are arriving on a day that is outside our official Arrival Dates, you will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements from Portland International Airport to Salem. Hut Shuttle Services is recommended for your convenience, please book the shuttle before you arrive in Portland International Airport. This will be your easiest transportation from Portland International Airport to Salem.
Usually, the shuttle will drop you off at Salem Red Lion Hotel. At the Red Lion Hotel, you can book a room to stay or call the Salem local taxi to take you to another hotel or to another destination of your choice.
If you are interested in looking at different hotels in Salem, please click here.
We strongly recommend homestay for the first term as an international student. It is one of the quickest ways for students to improve their English language skills because they will have a family that is always available to talk to them; as well as help them get to know the area. Our host families live all over the Salem-Keizer area and all live near a bus stop so that students can have easy transportation to the college. Homestay forms will be e-mailed to students once they have completed their application.
For more information on our homestay program, please stay tuned for our Homestay manual coming soon.
Some students prefer to live in an apartment rather than a homestay. This can be especially true for students who prefer a more independent lifestyle or who have already spent some time in the United States. Often, students wish to have a roommate for social or economic reasons. We do not find or match roommates for you, but there are some apartments very close to campus that you can apply for.
For more information on choosing a place to live and some important things you may want to know before deciding to rent a place in Salem, please click here. Also, please click here for some housing commonly used terms in America.
If you plan on moving into an apartment once you arrive, the process can take one or two weeks to complete. Therefore, students often choose to arrange a temporary homestay family while they finish securing their apartment, although some do choose to stay with friends in the area or at a local hotel which are also good options. If you wish to use our Temporary Housing Service please plan to arrive on the specified arrival dates and fill out the forms that will be e-mailed to you.