BridgeWeek Intensives

What is BridgeWeek?

"BridgeWeek is one of the best reasons to choose Portland Seminary over other online programs… It forms valuable connections that will last a lifetime" (Meg Harmon, MA in Spiritual Formation student, 2019 cohort).

"BridgeWeek took on the impossible and embodied a very disembodied year" (Jennifer Wilson, Masters in Divinity student, 2018 cohort).

"BridgeWeek feels like an anchor in the middle of the semester that connects us more strongly to our instructors and our classmates" (Leah Gomes, MA in Ministry student, 2020 cohort). 


ALL of our hybrid courses meet once per semester here at the Portland Center during what we call BridgeWeek.

BridgeWeek runs Monday - Saturday and includes a combination of

  • A free Monday night seminary community dinner
  • In-person class time with your co-learners and faculty
  • In-person academic advising sessions (for distance students only)
  • Field trips throughout the city and Portland metro area
  • Cohort Night, when each cohort gathers for a night of fun & fellowship
  • Lunch panels on topics related to biblical studies, ministry leadership and spiritual formation

Any student taking a hybrid course will need to attend BridgeWeek on the days their specific courses are meeting.

Note: Students are not required to stay the entire week; they need only be present on the days their courses are meeting.


When is BridgeWeek?

  • BridgeWeek is held the 7th week of each fall and spring semester (there is NO BridgeWeek in summer, though summer courses each include their own separate face-to-face intensive meet-up)
  • Fall 2021 BridgeWeek: Oct. 11-16, 2021
  • Spring 2022 BridgeWeek: Feb. 21-26, 2022

Where should I stay?

Students stay at a variety of places, including:

  • Rentals in SE Portland, Tigard or Lake Oswego
  • Hotels in SE Portland, Tigard or Lake Oswego
  • With fellow students

Is there a cost?

BridgeWeek is a required component of all of our hybrid courses, so there is no additional academic fee charged.

Some meals are provided (Monday night dinner, usually 1-2 optional lunches). We do our best to take into account dietary restrictions when planning food menus.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with their travel and lodging.



If I still have questions, who do I ask?

Tiona Cage,  Associate Director of Academic Advising & Community Life

Phone:  503-554-6035