Welcome to STAR 2013 for International Students
Congratulations on being admitted to Purdue University! We are delighted that you are coming to Purdue to continue your education, and look forward to welcoming you to our campus, West Lafayette, and the state of Indiana.
We know that most International Students cannot attend Purdue's Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration session days, also called STAR. Instead, we ask that International Students complete Virtual STAR, or VSTAR, through their computer. VSTAR is a set a of instructions that will prepare you to register for Fall courses, sign up for housing, prepare your visa, and other important tasks. The Fall 2013 semester begins on August 19, 2013.
Note: This summer, our program is changing its name from Undergraduate Studies Program (USP) to Exploratory Studies. Please be aware that your admissions material and VSTAR will still refer to us as "USP." Nevertheless, nothing else besides our name has changed. We're still the place to be for students exploring majors at Purdue!
Please complete these tasks:
- Virtual STAR (VSTAR): Information about VSTAR will be sent to you on or around May 8. Select the section for "USP" students. As part of VSTAR, you will take a required online mathematics placement called ALEKS. Please reserve 2 hours to complete the ALEKS test. For important information about ALEKS, please read this page carefully.
- Complete both the online "Pre-Registration Information for STAR" and "International Student Supplemental survey": Your Academic Advisor will use your answers on these surveys to suggest good Fall courses for you and your needs. You will need your ALEKS test score to complete the "Pre-Registration Information for STAR" survey.
- Read the International Students and Scholars Pre-Arrival information, especially the WOW (Weeks of Welcome) Guidebook. The guidebook will take you step-by-step through your visa application process. Then, sign up for your Mandatory International Student Check-in. We also encourage you to sign up for Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) and Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). BGRi happens first and allows international students to relax and meet other students before BGR. BGR is Purdue's official orientation week.
After you complete these tasks, your Academic Advisor will e-mail you at your "@purdue.edu" address. The advisor will ask you which day and time is best for you to discuss Fall 2013 course registration and how to schedule courses. Appointments can be completed through the telephone, through Skype, or online through Adobe Connect.
Other important resources:
Immunization and medical information about required immunizations, medical exam services, tuberculosis testing, and I-693 form completion.
Required medical insurance information from the Purdue University Student Health Center
Transportation options: (reservations required)
- Lafayette Limo (Bus from Indianapolis to Purdue) or Lafayete Limo Share-A-Ride (Bus from Chicago O'Hare to Purdue)
- Star of America (Bus from Indianapolis to Purdue)
- Amtrak (Train from Chicago to Lafayette; take CityBus Trolley (free) or CityBus Route 4B (cost $1) from 2nd & Main to campus)
- Express Air Coach (Bus from Chicago O'Hare or Midway to Purdue Airport)