For Purdue Students

Boilermakers, this site is for you! Keep reading for information on some of the great programs, events, and opportunities that CILMAR has to offer students.


Different Lenses is an intercultural and diversity training certificate workshop series open to all Purdue students who want to:

  • Develop personal intercultural competency demonstrated through language skills and behaviors in order to promote inclusivity in friendship groups, student organizations, leadership positions, and with peers and professors in and outside of the classroom.
  • Enhance your academic portfolio for a career in today's global society/marketplace.

Different Lenses is facilitated by CILMAR staff and assisted by Cultural Catalysts (see below).  Different Lenses addresses social justice and the six areas of intercultural competency (Openness, Curiosity, Empathy, Communication, Worldview Frameworks, and Cultural Self-Awareness). For more information contact Florence Adibu, Intercultural Learning Specialist, at

This workshop series is open to both domestic and international students.  



Students interested in careers in global NGOs or service fields have the opportunity to gain communication expertise, leadership skills, and intercultural competence by participating in Purdue's Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program.

Although only US citizens are eligible to apply for the Peace Corps, international students who are interested in gaining the marketable skills of interpersonal communication, leadership and intercultural competence--skills which are beneficial to professions across all disciplines--are welcome to participate in the Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program.

This student program is open to both domestic and international students (please see above).

Click here for more information.



The Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), offers grants to student organizations who want to develop a program which will provide meaningful interactions between international and domestic students. Please go to Boilerlink to apply.

The grant program is open to both domestic and international student organizations.




CILMAR offers the SAIL scholarship to any student taking part in a Purdue-approved study abroad that is either a semester or academic year-long program (Maymester and Summer abroad programs are not eligible). Students must successfully complete an intercultural learning course to earn the scholarship. The $2000 scholarship is awarded as a credit to the student Bursar account in the semester following the study abroad program. There is no additional charge from Purdue for any of the options below.


  • Must be Purdue West Lafayette undergraduate degree-seeking student (of any nationality; no FAFSA required);
  • Must be participating in a credit-bearing approved study abroad program through Purdue University; 
  • have at least one semester of classes to complete after you return from study abroad;
  • Must be available to begin mentoring course approximately two weeks prior to departure in person (preferable) or online.
  • Must successfully complete one of the following courses during your semester abroad:

One credit will be awarded for completion of one of the following courses:

Course options for students participating in a co-sponsored program: 

Students taking part in a co-sponsored program listed below are expected to choose this option if available. Students must verify the availability of each course in their selected locations for their specific term with that Study Abroad Organization and follow that process including relevant payment and registration.

  1. CIEE – COMM 3301 Intercultural Communication & Leadership (3 credits)
  2. DIS – Communication and Conflict: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
  3. IES – IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures (3 credits) or IC 215 Intercultural Communication (3 credits
  4. IFSA-Butler – Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (on-line course; 3 credits) or Exploring Chile: Community & Culture (3 credits)
  5. U of Minnesota – Global Identity course (on-line; 1 credit)

Students planning to take one of the above courses from the co-sponsor organization will need to include this class on their course approval form.

Application process:

Before you can apply for the SAIL scholarship you must first apply to an approved semester or academic year program on the Purdue Study Abroad web site. When your academic information has been downloaded to your My Study Abroad page, you’ll be able to access the SAIL scholarship application via a green box at the top.

You will need to complete the SAIL scholarship application by selecting the criteria that applies to your study abroad program and academic requirements. If you are applying to a co-sponsored program, you will need to verify course availability prior to submitting the SAIL scholarship application.

You do not need to have been accepted into your study abroad program to apply for the SAIL scholarship.

Remember your SAIL scholarship is awarded in the semester after you return from studying abroad and only if you complete the distance learning course!


  • Fall Semester / Academic Year Programs:  April 1
  • Spring Semester Programs:  October 1

Note: This deadline pertains only to participation in this scholarship program; deadlines for course registration, study abroad applications, or applications for other forms of financial aid may differ.

Students currently enrolled in the spring 2019 semester will receive $1500 for successful completion of the SAIL Scholarship course.

Questions regarding the SAIL Scholarship should be directed to Dan Jones, Intercultural Learning Specialist,  

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