FAQ

I am nervous about arriving by myself, should I be?

Before you arrive on campus, a Team Leader International will email you to help prepare you for BGRi and to answer any questions you or your family might have. After Check-in, you will have time to call or text home to let your family know you have arrived safely. While you will have some time to yourself or to spend with your family, you will be an important part of a small group of new international students along with your Team Leaders. Together you will learn about staying safe at Purdue.

Is Purdue a safe environment for international students?

Keeping students safe is very important to the entire Purdue community. Purdue has its own police force as well as its own fire department. Both the police and the fire department participate actively in educating students on best safety practices. Purdue is also well equipped with emergency call boxes and safety lighting throughout the campus. To learn more about safety at Purdue, please read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

When should I arrive?

Please plan to arrive at Purdue, West Lafayette on Friday, August 11, 2017. You will need to make transportation arrangements from where you live to West Lafayette.

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If you arrive before August 11, 2017, you will need to find temporary housing until August 11, 2017, for example at a local hotel.

For more information about local hotels check following links:

Will Purdue pick me up at the airport?

No, it is your responsibility to get from your home to the Purdue – West Lafayette campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. The two major cities nearest West Lafayette are Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana and it is recommended that you fly to one of these cities and then secure transportation to West Lafayette.

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How do I get to Purdue from the airport?

If you arrive in Chicago, Illinois or Indianapolis, Indiana you can make a reservation with one of the following transportation services. Each service will drop you off at or near the BGRi residence hall.

Chicago:

Express Air Coach: http://www.expressaircoach.com/

Reindeer Shuttle: http://www.reindeershuttle.com/


Indianapolis:

Lafayette Limo: http://www.lafayettelimo.com/

Star of America: http://www.soashuttle.com/

I have special dietary restrictions during BGRi, how will you accommodate my needs?

BGRi will work with students who have special dietary restrictions to ensure that their needs are being met. At each mealtime, vegetarian options and global cuisine will be available.

I won’t be attending BGRi, can I still attend my Mandatory International Student Check In Session (MISCi) during BGRi?

No, the ISS MISCi sessions that are scheduled during BGRi are specifically for students attending BGRi. If you are a BGR participant and choose not to attend BGRi, you will need to schedule your MISCi session during or after BGR.

For more information on MISCI, please refer to ISS WOW

What if I have other questions?

If you have more questions regarding BGRi – please contact Orientation Programs at BGRi@purdue.edu or call (765) 494-9328

For questions regarding immigration/international student visa etc., please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) at iss@purdue.edu or call 765-494-5770 Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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