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 Heavilon 220 during one of the scheduled days and times below. 

Spring 2016: January 11 – April 29 (No meetings during Spring Break)

  • Monday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Friday 11:30 am-12:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)

Summer Course Tutorial III: Purdue Regional and other colleges

If you are interested in taking summer courses at a Purdue regional campus (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW), representatives from some of these campuses (not IPFW) will be visiting West Lafayette to help you register (we’ll post specific dates and time to the blog soon).  Regional campus courses transfer both grade and credit back to the West Lafayette campus.

You will need to apply for summer admission with these campuses before you can fully schedule for courses.  Here’s the transfer admission information for each campus: IUPUI, Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central, and IPFW.

If you want to take summer courses at another college or university outside of the Purdue system:

  • Realize that no grades will transfer, but you must earn a C- or better in the course in order for that course credit to transfer back to Purdue.  Transfer credit does NOT replace Purdue grades.
  • Check the Transfer Credit Database for your course’s Purdue equivalent: https://selfservice.mypurdue.purdue.edu/prod/bzwtxcrd.p_select_info.  X’s in place of course numbers in this database means that your college’s course has no Purdue equivalent (for example, “MA 1XXXX”).
  • Contact the college’s admission department.  Tell them that you are only taking courses during the summer.  Most colleges and schools have admission categories for “temporary,” “summer,” “transfer,” or “transient” students.  Enroll and register with them.
  • Don’t take online laboratory courses without consulting your advisor first! Other courses taken online are probably fine.
  • Taking courses at international universities and colleges:
    • College of Science will not accept courses from non-degree-granting schools who use reputable universities as a location to teach their courses.  This is probably true across most of Purdue’s colleges and schools.
    • College of Management will only accept transfer courses from AACSB-accredited universities.

How do I transfer courses back to Purdue?

Ask the Registrar’s office at your summer college to send an official, final transcript to this address:

Purdue University
Credit Evaluation
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Or the transcript can be sent electronically from the Registrar’s office through a transcript service to admissions@purdue.edu.   An official transcript is required from any college outside the West Lafayette campus, including Purdue’s regional campuses.

Finding Private Scholarships

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students visit Fastweb, scholarships.com, or finaid.org to reserach private scholarship options.

Fastweb, for example, is a nationally known scholarship company that does not charge students to provide a scholarship match service.  By entering your personal profile, Fastweb will do a search to see if you match the eligibility requirements for over 600,000 private scholarships listed in their database.  They can also send you e-mail updates with newly-found scholarship options.

No matter which site you choose, be sure to list “Purdue University” as your current school in order to be matched with private scholarships specifically for Purdue University students!

Purdue also offers departmental scholarships and specially funded scholarships.  If you have questions, contact the Division of Financial Aid on their help line at (765) 494-5050 or visit them Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Schleman Hall, room 305.

Summer Course Tutorial II: Purdue Online courses

Are there online courses during the summer?

Yes, tons.  An Advanced Search in MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes can quickly show you your options.  Select all of the Subjects by clicking the first, then hold the Shift key down and click the last option on the list.  Then select “Online” from the Instructional Method box.

  • “Online” means that the entire course is online and can be completed away from the Purdue West Lafayette campus*.
  • “Primarily Online” means that most of the course can be completed at a distance, but may have a small on-campus component to it.
  • “Hybrid” mean that the course is “flipped.”  The lecture is usually available online, but the bulk of the course is still held on-campus.

Purdue online courses versions cover the same material as the on-campus version and incur the same number of credits (and cost).  Like traditional on-campus courses they have a variety of duration, so make sure you pay attention to the starting and end dates of the course. You can register for any Purdue online course using the Scheduling Assistant on MyPurdue.

*Do online courses require on-campus tests?

Some do, but many don’t.  To be sure, check the Notes column in MyPurdue > Academics tab > Look Up Classes link or e-mail the professor of the course if you have concerns.  To find the professor’s e-mail in Look Up Classes, click on the CRN of the section you’re interested in, then on the envelope icon next to the professor’s name.  A      “(P)” next to the name means that they are the primary instructor for the course and should be e-mailed first.

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss taking summer courses at Purdue’s regional campus and other colleges outside of the Purdue system.

Summer Course Tutorial I: Purdue WL courses

Fall and spring courses have two options for duration: 16 weeks (full semester) or 8 weeks (half semester).  In comparison, summer courses have a LOT more variation – everything from 4 – 12 week options.  Some key points about Purdue summer courses:

  • No matter the length, you’ll earn the same number of credit hours and learn the same material as you would during a fall or spring semester.
  • The cost is the same per credit hour as the fall or spring, except that flat fee pricing begins at 6 credit hours.  To estimate your summer course costs, check out the Office of the Bursar’s tuition and fee calculator.
  • Summer grades earned at Purdue (or Purdue regional campuses) can replace fall and spring grades and vice versa, but the course abbreviation and numbering must be identical (with a few exceptions – ask your advisor).
  • There are limits to how many credits you can take:
    • Students are limited to 4 credits hours within one 4-week session.
    • 4-week module courses cannot overlap with 6-, 8-, or 12-week session courses.
    • Students are limited to 10 hours total among all of the courses taken.

Learning happens faster in summer courses and requires strong study skills and time management. For example, if the 16-week fall version of the course meets 3 hours a week and has tests every month, the 8-week summer version of that course would meet 6 hours a week and have a test every two weeks, and a 4-week summer version would meet 12 hours a week and have a test every week.  Getting behind is NOT an option!

Here are some common durations you might find in Purdue summer courses:

Summer School sessions Summer School Graphic 2016 PDF

The important thing is to be aware of the dates of the section of the course you are choosing.  Sections within the same course can have different lengths.  For example, ECON 251 has three 4-week sections, each with different dates (Modules 1, 2, and 3).  The same courses can also be taught using different instructional types. You can use the Advanced Search button under Look Up Classes in MyPurdue to narrow down your course options by length, instructional type, and days or times.

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss all the varieties of online summer courses at Purdue!

Have or Need Financial Aid? FAFSA Deadline coming up March 1!

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid reminds you:

The FAFSA must be filed annually to be considered for aid each academic year with a March 1 priority filing deadline. To apply for federal, state, and Purdue University student aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Purdue University – West Lafayette Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001825.

The DFA website just keeps getting better and better every time we look at it!  Not only does it have practical Tips for Filing your FASFA, but also an Aid Estimator, a Student Employment database, a great listing of Scholarships,  and information about how your financial aid might be affected if you add or drop a class.

Summer 2016 financial aid is applied for separately.  Look for the summer aid form under the Financial tab of MyPurdue starting Feb. 1, 2016.  For more information about the workings of summer financial aid, check out the Division of Financial Aid’s Details page.