On March 26, 2013, Purdue held an Ask an Administrator forum with various international student organizations. Some of the university's top administrators heard students speak what was on their minds. They asked candid questions and got responses about everything from classes to life on campus to careers after college.
As Purdue welcomes more international students to West Lafayette, we recognize that their experience is different from that of American students. They make friends and build relationships differently, they enjoy different foods and ways of relaxing, and they find support and help in different places.
Despite the differences, all students need certain things to succeed, and Purdue wants to be sure its international students are getting the help they need.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Division of Student Affairs along with its partners in International Programs, the Division of Housing and Food Services, and the College of Liberal Arts embarked on focus groups assessments to increase understanding of what international students need for a successful experience at Purdue University. We've learned a great deal about the role of national student associations, and much more. The Ask an Administrator forum gave students from all national student associations a chance to ask the questions they want to ask.