Kickstart Program


The Multicultural Orientation is an orientation program designed to help smooth the transition of international and Pacific Island students to college culture in the U.S.; provide non-native speakers time to practice their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills prior to the start of the academic year; familiarize new students with the region; and build the kinds of relationships with fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members critical to student success and retention. This program is tied to a HUM 111 Invitation to Rural Oregon course which is designed to welcome international students and students from the Pacific Islands to rural Oregon.


*Student participants will be assessed a fee for living in the residence halls and participation in the program.


La Grande is located in beautiful Northeastern Oregon. It is conveniently located on Interstate 84 (I-84) approximately 4.5 hours from Portland, OR; 5 hours from Seattle, WA; and 3 hours from Boise, ID, by car.

We recommend that you book your tickets to the following airports:

  • Pendleton Airport  – Approximately 1 hour drive to La Grande, OR
    You will need to purchase a ticket from Portland, OR to Pendleton, OR, using Boutique Air services (
  • Tri-Cities Airport (Pasco, WA) – Approximately 2 hour drive to La Grande, OR
  • Boise Airport (Boise, ID) – Approximately 3 hours drive to La Grande, OR. (
  • Portland International Airport (Portalnd, OR) – Approximately 4.5 hour drive from La Grande, OR
    You can purchase your ticket to Portland, OR, then take a another plane to the regional airport in Pendleton, OR using Boutique Air (
  • You can take the Greyhound Bus to La Grande. Visit to check times and reserve a seat.


There is an airport pick up fee that will cover transportation costs to and from the airport. Please see the list of airports/bus station below where we will be able to pick you up from.

  • PDT – Pendleton Airport  (Fee: $50)
  • PSC – Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, WA (Fee:$100)
  • BOI – Boise Airport (Fee: $200)
  • Greyhound Bus Station in La Grande (2204 E Penn Ave.) (No charge)

Important: As part of the Multicultural Orientation program, EOU will pick students up between September 13 – 15, 2019. Please keep those dates in mind as you book your travel. Questions? Please feel free to reach out to us at 

Please fill out the Arrival Notification Form, to confirm your arrival date and how you would like to be picked up.

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Students must submit request 5 days before arrival if they want to be picked up, otherwise, you must make your own travel arrangements. 

Pictures from past year’s activities