"Get Some Perspective!"

Published January 2017

We can all picture the frustrated eye roll of someone saying, "Get some perspective." After all, a person who lacks perspective probably has a closed mind. To “get some perspective” is to battle ignorance and — quite simply — to learn. And Boilermakers are all about learning. Perspective at Purdue is very broad. It’s international.

International perspective is a big deal

With Purdue’s 9,255 international students from 128 countries, and 925 faculty from 63 nations, getting a GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE is a big part of being a Boilermaker. A worldview is deliberately threaded into every class, but it also just happens here. Purdue is proud to be ranked fourth for international student enrollment among public universities — an often unsung but very rich benefit of being a student at Purdue. This ranking, by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State, was released in November 2016.  

Beyond that, Purdue also is one of 18 American universities in the top 25 for both enrolling the most international students and sending domestic students abroad for study.

Just try to avoid getting a global perspective here!

Not that you’d want to … but you can’t avoid a global perspective at Purdue. Diverse points of view from around the world are part of everyday campus life. Students’ understanding about the world expands immeasurably when lifelong assumptions are tossed upside down by the perspective of classmates who’ve grown up half a world away. Would-be “facts” and lifelong cultural, social, or economic assumptions get re-examined and scrutinized next to the perspectives of people raised in other parts of the world.

Take it from the top

Purdue President Mitch Daniels is a big advocate of the many benefits of Purdue’s stellar international character.

“As much as our international students learn from Purdue’s culture, our domestic students have the opportunity to learn with, from and about our international students,” Daniels says. “Doing so prepares our students for their future life experiences and their future careers, which will require interaction with individuals who hail from a variety of national cultures. What better place and time to develop strong cross-cultural skills than during the formative years of a university education?”

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