PUGS: The Basics
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You'll discover things at PUGS that you would never learn at a university. Interested in finding our more?
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What is PUGS all about?
Our goal is lifelong learning that fits into people's real lives. We are here to provide Portlanders with grad-school level education at affordable prices.
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.
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're beginning to offer one-day workshops, too! Check out our upcoming courses here.
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. If you need to withdraw from a course before it begins, we can hold your payment for use toward a future course.