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Study Abroad Among Major Initiatives

Study Abroad Among Major InitiativesPurdue President Mitch Daniels announced a series of university initiatives that will drive Purdue forward; heighten student achievement; inspire world-changing research; and expand global outreach. The initiatives are bold measures to produce well-rounded students who are ready to make an impact in our world.

One of the initiatives is to dramatically increase the number of Purdue students studying abroad, with a goal of at least one-third of all graduates having studied abroad before graduating from Purdue. This initiative is designed to motivate students to learn about other cultures through international study, with an emphasis of a semester or longer spent in another country to fully absorb the culture.

Dr. Brian Harley, Associate Dean of International Programs and Director of Programs for Study Abroad comments, "While study abroad may be a Purdue student's first international experience in their lifetime, it likely will not be their last. In our increasingly inter-connected world, study abroad helps to initiate a transformation so that Purdue graduates can contribute and prosper in the wider global community."

Through the financial investment of donors and the University, students will gain from experiencing other cultures while they earn credits toward their degrees. Our students can apply for scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 based upon their length of international study.

"Few opportunities can be as life-changing as a semester abroad. In addition to the overseas classroom learning experience, students learn about another culture, and in the process, about themselves and their homeland in ways that are never possible back home — through lenses of a different world view. I can think of no other experience that shaped my life as much as my time abroad some 30 years ago." Remarked Michael Brzezinski, Dean of International Programs.