Workshops and Simulations

The ACIREMA Simulation

This popular simulation challenges participants to get from their home country of Acirema to America for study abroad, going through the same systems and processes that Purdue’s international students go through. The InterCultural Learning team encourages units who work with international students to schedule a session of Acirema to help develop empathy among faculty and staff. Contact us at for more information and available dates.

What participants have to say:

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating in Acirema because it gave me a better idea of what international students have to go through just to go to school in America. I honestly didn’t know that there was SO MUCH paper to fill out and different locations you have to physically go to, and then wait for hours just to have someone tell you you’re missing something or something’s filled out wrong. And it’s so expensive, sometimes a semester’s tuition! The experience definitely showed me we really need to be patient with international students because it’s a very long and stressful process just getting the paperwork to come to school here."

 AciremA in action at Purdue in 2016

"The Acirema training was an eye-opening and emotional experience! I applaud the persistence, strength & tenacity that an International student experiences just to better themselves with an Education that “we” American citizens take for granted. Thank you for a wonderful hands on training like no other I’ve experienced."

"I especially enjoyed hearing from a student who actually had to go through the process, but even more hearing from a Study Abroad student because it seems like it’s the same process in every country. I can’t remember if this is available to students, but this would be a great simulation for them to go through. I truly applaud those who decide to go to school in a different country because I personally wouldn’t be able to handle going through the process."


CILMAR Workshops Customized for Your Unit

Our InterCultural Learning team has recently developed individualized workshops for a variety of folks across campus, including the tutors at the Writing Lab, peer counselors at the Center for Career Opportunities, and HR's Supervisor Springboard. We are also collaborating with faculty in the Colleges of Engineering, Agriculture and Science, among others, to incorporate intercultural learning into undergraduate coursework. If you believe your group of students, faculty or staff would benefit from a customized workshop to develop intercultural competence, please contact us at for a consultation with one of our Intercultural Learning Specialists. 

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