Foreign Language Placement Testing (for Spring 2017)

If you want to take a foreign language class at Purdue, and have already studied the language for two or more years in high school (but not in college), you must take the placement test before you can register for the class. 

Foreign language placement tests (for French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) will be offered on April 5th, 6th, & 7th at 6:00 pm in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 231.  This is in a computer lab.  The test generally takes under 30 minutes and your placement results are given to you before you leave.  The test covers vocabulary knowledge, sentence structure, and includes both listening and writing exercises.

To take the foreign language placement test, you will need a signed copy of the exam authorization form to be permitted to take the placement test, plus TWO forms of picture identification (your Purdue ID card AND a drivers’ license or passport will work).  Pre-registration for this exam is NOT required – just show up about 10 – 15 minutes before 6:00 pm on either April 5th, 6th, or 7th.

Please e-mail your advisor in advance to let them know that you’d like an exam authorization form.  Then he or she can leave the form out with the EXPL secretary on the 8th floor of Young Hall for you to pick up during business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm).

The way placement and credit attainment works in foreign language has changed.  All students are required to take and pass (with a C- or better) the foreign language class they are placed into before earning any lower-level language credits.  For example, if a student is placed into SPAN 201, they would need to take SPAN 201 and pass with a C- or better before credit for SPAN 101, 102, and 201 appears on their transcript.

Other placement tests, such as ASL and Chinese, are given at special days and times.  Check here for more information about the placement tests: .

Wine Appreciation (FS 47000) Registration (Fall 2017)

From the Department of Food Science:

FS 470 – Wine Appreciation is a course that is permitted by Indiana Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms, and Explosives (ATF), from which we have a license to serve alcohol if the student shows that they are 21 years old on or before August 21, 2017.  The Food Science Department is the only department on campus that allows overrides for this course.

On Monday, March 20, 2017 the Department of Food Science will begin signing forms for FS 47000 – Wine Appreciation. All students need to come in person to the Nelson Food Science Building (NLSN), Room 2203 to receive signature approval/override permission to take FS 47000 – Wine Appreciation.   NLSN 2203 will be open Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


  • Form 23 filled out (required) and signed by their advisor (preferred but not required)
  • Driver’s license or passport to verify that the student will be 21 years old on/before August 21, 2017.  If the student does not have proper ID, we will not sign their forms.

There are NO audits for this course.

If students need instructor signature, they will need to contact Dr. Christian Butzke, the professor teaching FS 47000, in the Food Science Department.

Australia Study Abroad (June 6 – 26)

New 3-week Summer Study Abroad (June 6 – June 26): The Australian Lived Experience

Students from all majors and all years in school may apply to the program.

The Australian Lived Experience is an extraordinary study abroad opportunity, focused on learning the unique ways Indigenous Australians look at health and wellbeing as well as how this differs from the dominant Australian narrative. Our program emphasizes the importance of observing and understanding the lived experiences of the different groups in Australia and what “health” means to them.

During our immersive, 3-week, 6 credit hour experience, students will learn to utilize learning about these lived experiences as a lens through which they will be able to compare the meanings of health and wellbeing of other groups, such as: mainstream Australians, U.S. mainstream, as well as Native American tribes. These comparisons to the U.S. mainstream and Native American communities will provide students with a better understanding and appreciation for both the similarities and differences between the Australian and American lived experiences.

Our program allows students an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom setting. Students will be able to explore this enchanting continent, participate in various site visits and discussion groups, and gain unique insights on the topics of health and wellbeing by directly interacting and learning from indigenous Australians.

Check out our magazine for even more details:   Questions? Contact Jaziel Ramos-Ortiz or Stewart Chang Alexander.

New Vet Tech Career Exploration Course (Spring 2017)

From Beth Burnett, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, Veterinary Technology Program:

We are pleased to announce a new course, VM 10600: Veterinary Technology Career Exploration, for students who may be interested in applying for CODO  to Vet Tech.
Veterinary Technology is Veterinary Nursing. It is not a pre-vet major, and does not prepare a student for application to Vet School.
VM 10600 is one credit and will be offered during the first 8 weeks of Spring 2017.  Students will have one hour of class each week in addition to spending time in small groups observing in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in vet tech instructional labs, and interviewing a veterinary technician.  There are no pre-requisites!

Questions about the course?  Contact academic advisor Beth Burnett  or instructor Pam Phegley.

Students who are eligible and ready to CODO should note that CODO applications are due between January 1st and February 1st.  Students should make an appointment with the Vet Tech advisor prior to application.


Fall 2016 Add and Drop Deadlines

For those not familiar with the Purdue system, adding and dropping classes is fairly easy during the first few weeks of classes, then becomes harder as the semester progresses.  A one-page chart version of this information is available and includes deadlines for 16-week, first 8-week, and second 8-week courses.  Here are the Add and Drop Deadlines for 16-week (full semester) courses in Fall 2016.

Adding courses:

  • August 22 – August 28Students can add courses using MyPurdue.  They should consult their advisor before adding anything new.  MyPurdue closes to adds after August 28.
  • August 29 – September 19:  Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Both the advisor and the instructor of the course they want to add must sign the form.  Then the form must be take to Hovde Hall, room 45 (the Registar’s office) for processing.
  • September 20 – October 26: Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Advisor, instructor, and department head signatures are required to add this late.  The form must be then taken to Hovde Hall, room 45.

Dropping courses:

  • August 22 – September 5Students can drop courses using MyPurdue. They should consult their advisor before dropping anything.  MyPurdue closes to drops after September 5.
  • September 6 – September 19: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.  The form can then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
  • September 20 – October 26: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.
    • Freshman (0 – 29 credit hours completed): Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
    • Sophomores and above (30 + credit hours completed): Advisor and instructor signatures are required.  Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Students will earn either a “W” (withdraw) or “WF” (withdraw failing), depending on their current grade in the course. 

October 26 is the last day to drop a class.  It is also the last day to withdraw completely from the University without extensive documentation and committee review.

Info about W’s and WF’s:

  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s three attempts for a course per University policy.
  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s Exploratory Studies credit hour limit (if he or she is a transfer, re-admit, CODO-in, or re-entry student).
  • W’s and WF’s are not factored into the semester or cumulative GPAs.