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PUGS: The Basics

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What is PUGS all about?

You'll discover things at PUGS that you would never get anywhere else. Our goal is lifelong learning that fits into people's real lives. That means education that fits in work schedules and are priced to be accessible to all. We are here to provide Portlanders with grad-school level education that everyone can afford.

Local experts with real-life experience in their field do the teaching. Our belief is that knowledge isn't locked up in the ivory tower, it's everywhere in the community. We provide a platform for local experts to share their knowledge and insight with others without the high cost or bureaucracy of the university system. 

How are courses structured?

Courses typically meet once a week for 4 weeks, and classes are between 90 minutes and 2 hours long. Class size is around 15 students. We offer one-day workshops, too! Check out our upcoming courses here.

PUGSpdx is half learning and half community. Classes go out after their first and last sessions to socialize and get to know each other outside the classroom. And, PUGS hosts free monthly happy hours so the whole community can meet up.

You say that PUGS is affordable to all. How does your pricing work?

Affordability means different things to different people. Our tuitions are calculated based on the basic living wage in Portland: $15 an hour. We offer scholarships to those who need them + ask those who can afford it to pay a little more. This way, people from all income levels can participate. Take a look at our radical pricing policy for more info.

Is there homework?

Yep. It's school! Reading and writing at home prepares us to be more engaged with the material and with our fellow students. Instructors usually assign 30 to 45 minutes of reading per week.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

We do not offer full or partial refunds or discounts due to missed or dropped classes.

Interested in finding our more?

Come visit a class session and see what we're about. Email coordinator<at> to arrange your visit.