Upcoming International Student Events (Feb. 11 – 19)

From IP Programming Update, 2/10/15:

ISIS and the Islamic State: A Panel Discussion – Feb 11, 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm in the PMU North Ballroom, a panel will discuss questions such as: “What is ISIS and what is the Islamic State?” “Why are women in ISIS?” “What are Muslims in the USA and around the world doing to stop ISIS?” The panel will include scholars and journalists, and is open to the public!

Global Café – Feb. 13, 6:00 pm

Perspectives is partnering with the International Center to host Global Café at the International Center! Join us from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, Feb. 13 for a presentation with the Purdue Police on how to be safe on campus by being aware of university safety programs. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a question and answer session with the officer!

Chinese New Year – Feb. 13 and 15

2015 is the Year of the Goat according to the Chinese Zodiac, and there are many campus celebrations happening! A “Chinese New Year Party” will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 13 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm in the Purdue Graduate Student Center (PGSC). It will include a costume contest, couplet writing, chopstick pickup games, food and drinks, trivia questions, and a raffle! Register in advance because space is limited! Secondly, there will be a Chinese New Year Gala, hosted by PUCSSA, on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm in Loeb Playhouse. This event will showcase the talents and presentations for the Lunar New Year by students from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United States!

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Feb. 14, 8:00 am

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself and a loved one to a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the International Center! From 8:00 am-12:00 pm, you can Eat-In or Carry Out your breakfast! The cost is $6 at the door or $5 in advance by registering on the International Center website!

International Greek Exchange – Feb. 19, 6:00 pm

If you are an undergrad student interested in knowing more about Fraternities and Sororities, join us on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:00 pm! Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life will be hosting an event to introduce students to Greek life, traditions, and answer any questions you have! Come out and learn more about a very unique American college tradition and make some friends as well! There are limited spots, so sign up quickly!!

CLEP Testing

From Caylen Redden, Purdue Testing Center Administrator:

In case the news has not yet reached you, we would like to spread the word that Purdue is now accepting even more CLEP exams for credit.  CLEP exams are a great way for students to save time and money by testing out of prerequisite courses or to add a few extra credits in order to graduate on time.

New additions include courses in Political Science, English, French, and even Computer Information Technology!  Here’s the complete list of Purdue-accepted CLEP exams!

CLEP exams:

  • Can be accepted for credit as long as the student has no grade for the course other than a W.
  • May be attempted multiple times, although there is a three-month waiting period between attempts. This can be a good backup plan for a student who does not pass a Purdue-sponsored advanced credit exam, or is forced to drop a course due to workload or time constraints.

To take a CLEP exam, students must register and pay for the exam ($80) through the College Board website.  After registering, the student will receive a registration ticket, which is valid for six months. Then, the student should call the Testing Center at (765) 494-7690 to set up a two-hour appointment to actually take the exam.  The exams are given at the Testing Center in Schleman Hall, Room B-42. Our available testing hours are:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 8am – 5pm
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8am – 9pm
  • Saturdays: (usually open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month) 8am – 5pm

ESL and Foreign Language classes

From International Students and Scholars, IP Programming Update:

Beginning Feb. 2, the International Center (IC) is launching a wide variety of ESL (English as a Second Language) and foreign language classes which cover conversation, speaking, listening, writing, and more!  Some classes are free, while others are fee-based.  Some require advanced registration.  Register for classes online or in-person at the International Center (523 N. Russell St., near campus).  All classes are taught at the IC.  If you have questions, please call (765) 743-4353 or e-mail info@intlctr.org.

Perspectives/ISI Super Bowl Party (Feb. 1)

From International Students and Scholars:

Perspectives/ISI Super Bowl Party – Feb 1, 4:30-9:30pm

Perspectives is partnering with International Students, Inc, to host a Super Bowl Party in a local family’s home on “Super Bowl Sunday,” a much anticipated American event. Football, food and fun guaranteed!  Learn how the game is played or just play board games with American hosts.  Event limited to first 30 who sign up.  Meet for rides at 4:30 pm at Stewart Center (west side), Memorial Mall entrance. The game will conclude by 9:00 or 9:30 pm with rides returning students to their places of residence. Sign up here!

English Language Practice Groups

From the Purdue Online Writing Lab, ESL Group page:

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab’s conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of American idioms. The goal of the conversation groups is that you learn to speak more comfortably about topics that are important to you.  Each week covers a different topic.

To participate, just show up at the Writing Lab, Heavilon 226, at one of the scheduled days and times below.  Sign in with the front desk.

Spring 2015: January 12 – May 1 (No meetings during Purdue University breaks.)

  • Mondays 1:30pm-2:20pm
  • Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Wednesdays 9:30am-10:30am
  • Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Fridays 10:30am-11:30am