These programs are based on student exchange agreements that Purdue maintains with academic institutions around the world. Participants on exchange programs will be enrolled as regular students at an overseas university but pay tuition to Purdue. The Study Abroad Office reviews student applications, selects participants, and coordinates pre-departure orientations. Most forms of financial aid apply to the program costs. Students can even earn direct credit for coursework completed. Exchange programs are available for the summer, semester or year.
Exchange programs are right for students who:
- prefer to pay Purdue tuition and fees for their program
- yearn for independence
- want to be fully integrated with local students
- want to plan their own semester activities and excursions
- desire a broad selection of courses
Students pay regular Purdue tuition and international health insurance. Everything else will be paid on-site, including housing, meals, travel, and personal expenses. Visit the Fees & Scholarships page.
Many host universities have a supportive international programs staff. However, exchange students should not expect individual attention from host university personnel. As regular students in the university, they are expected to act independently and contact the office when they need assistance.
In many cases, students live in university residence halls or university-owned apartments. Some exchange programs offer a homestay option. Students pay housing charges on-site.
University courses often include both local and international students. If Purdue students are proficient, they can also take classes taught in the country's native language.
Exchange programs offer the broadest selection of courses, but it is possible that you will not be able to take exactly what you had anticipated. Registration for overseas classes may not be possible until after you arrive on campus, but some schools do pre-register students for specific courses.
Students on exchange programs are free to travel at their convenience. Some universities organize trips for their exchange students, but participants should only rely on their own independence.
For more information, contact:
HHS Study Abroad
Stone Hall 110, 700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059