Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it expensive to study abroad?

That depends. Studying abroad can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you make it. Factors to consider are program type, your status as an in-state or out-of-state student and the cost of living in the place where you will study. However, the single biggest factor is usually how much independent travel you do on weekends and breaks. See our extensive section on Financial Matters for details.

How do I submit a claim for my health insurance?

When outside of the United States, you will likely be asked to pay for your medical care first and then will need to seek reimbursement. When you submit claims for reimbursement, you will need to have the itemized bill(s) translated into English. Please be sure to take copies of all paperwork for your files.

Does financial aid apply?

Yes. Students participating in Purdue-affiliated study abroad continue to receive most of the same forms of federal financial aid they would receive to study in West Lafayette. If you do not currently qualify for financial aid, you may qualify while studying abroad because of additional costs associated your program.

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Are scholarships available for studying abroad?

Yes. Some are specific to certain majors, or countries, or study abroad programs; others are open to a wide range of study abroad participants. You should also check with your department head and organizations in your community.

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Will my classes transfer back to Purdue?

Yes. You will receive Purdue credits and grades for some classes; you will receive only Purdue credits for others. You should begin working with an academic advisor and a Study Abroad Liaison well in advance of going abroad to make this go smoothly.

If I study abroad will I still graduate on time?

You should. We work hard to make sure that taking part in one of our programs will not delay your graduation. With reasonable planning, any Purdue student can have a great international experience and still graduate on time.

When should I study abroad?

Most programs allow students to study abroad in their sophomore, junior, or senior years. Purdue summer programs allow students to study abroad the summer after their freshman year. Students can study on Purdue study tours anytime during their Purdue career, as long as they are in good academic standing.

Am I eligible to apply to study abroad?

Students are considered eligible to apply for a study abroad program if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • GPA level required by the program
  • Completion of program's course prerequisites, if applicable
  • Favorable letters of recommendation
  • In good academic standing, both at the time of application and at the start of the program
  • Not the subject of disciplinary action including probation at the time of application or at the start of the program

Since I am an international student at Purdue, am I eligible to study abroad?

Yes!  However, you may not study abroad in your home country.

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

Not usually. Over half of our programs allow you to take courses in English, either in English-speaking countries or in specially-designed programs in other countries. However, Purdue does offer many options for students who wish to take some or all of their courses in another language.

Can I study a foreign language while abroad?

Yes! Study Abroad is a great time to learn a new language or become more fluent in one you are already studying. There are language intensive programs available for interested students.

How long can I study abroad?

With over 200 programs, Purdue has options as short as a week or as long as a year. We have many programs that last for six or eight weeks in the summer and many semester programs, too. Note that a very high percentage of study abroad participants report that they wish they had gone for a longer term!

Can I study abroad after I graduate?

Yes!  Students who have graduated from Purdue may study abroad the term immediately following their graduation.  They will be enrolled at Purdue as a full-time student during the term they are studying abroad and required to complete all coursework for the program.  All credits and grades earned abroad will be reflected on the student’s transcript as post-baccalaureate.  Note that graduated students who study abroad may not be eligible for financial aid and should check with the Division of Financial Aid.  However, graduated students are still eligible to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship.

Where will I live?

Housing options vary by program. Typically students choose between dormitories, shared apartments or home stays with local families.

Can I work while I'm abroad?

This depends on the flexibility of your visa. Check with the consulate of your host country to be sure.

Which Colleges and Schools offer International/Global minors?

Internationally-oriented minors are available through several of Purdue's Colleges and Schools:

Check with each College or School to see how study abroad fits into its particular requirements. 


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