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This learning community welcomes first-year engineering students who want to advance technology and develop leadership skills in the context of an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. Most students in this Learning Community are enrolled in the same section of ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1.

As a Global Engineering Learning Community participant, you will have the opportunity to engage in activities organized by the Office of Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships and learn about the various global engineering opportunities at Purdue. You will also engage with speakers, explore the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Engineering Challenges and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about how Purdue engineers are helping to address these challenges around the globe. Previous guest speakers include world-renowned faculty and staff at Purdue who work in topics such as urban development, global health, energy, and more, as well as leadership and recruiters from companies such as Boeing, NASA, and Sandia National Laboratories. You will also have the option to join the Global Engineering Ambassadors student club and supplement your technical training while exploring the meaning of culture and cultural sensitivity and how it relates to engineering design and sustainability, to begin developing global engineering competence.

By design, this learning community usually includes both domestic and international students for a true cross-cultural experience at Purdue from day one. Off-campus activities vary each year. Examples of previous field trips are, visits to Chicago (e.g., Fermilab, the Plant, cultural neighborhoods tours), Local companies tours such as Caterpillar’s Lafayette Large Engine Center and Subaru Plant Tour as well as other seasonal activities such as Exploration Acres, bowling, billiards, trivia night, etc. Note: the number of available off-campus events is subject to the yearly budget provided by Learning Communities at Purdue. Global Engineering Learning Community students are encouraged to participate in the events organized by Purdue’s Cultural Centers.

Whether you are interested in global engineering from the perspective of globalization, international development, study abroad, or a desire to engage with students from diverse backgrounds, this learning community will expand your horizons and fuel your creativity. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation with the Women in Engineering, EPICS, or VIP learning communities.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • This learning community is not available to Honors College participants

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Full Academic Year

Note: Participation in the Spring semester of this learning community is optional

Associated Courses and Information


ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1




Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.


Events and Activities Included:

Sample list of some learning community activities (not all activities happen every year)
  • Bowling night
  • Caterpillar’s Lafayette Large Engine Center
  • Chicago day trip
  • Exploration Acres Corn Maze
  • Exposure to summer research, study abroad, and internship opportunities
  • Global Engineering Ambassadors student club
  • Global Fest and other cultural activities
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Lunch and learn sessions
  • Study Abroad fair
  • Subaru Plant Tour
  • Welcome Picnic

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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