At Purdue, our Global Engineering Cultures and Practice 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. Students will take one of their first engineering courses from Global Engineering Program (GEP) faculty/staff. As students explore the meaning of culture and cultural sensitivity as they relate to engineering design and sustainability, they will begin the process of developing global engineering competence. By design, this Learning Community will include both domestic and international students for a true cross-cultural experience at Purdue from day one. Whether students are interested in global engineering from the perspective of globalization, international development, or a desire to engage with students from diverse backgrounds, this Learning Community will expand their horizons and fuel their creativity. Beyond the classroom this Learning Community offers opportunities for extracurricular activities and cultural exchange. Activities vary based on the interests of the students and the Common Reading theme, but typically include: field trips, recreational activities (bowling, billiards, trivia night, etc.) holiday celebrations, weekly study tables, and information sessions and panels related to opportunities for global learning. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation in this Learning Community with the Women in Engineering Learning Community housed in Earhart or Shreve Halls.


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

Residential Component

  • OPTIONAL in Shreve Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • If you choose this option, your roommate in most cases will be a member of the LC
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for the LC


Fall 2017 Semester

Associated Classes

ENGR 10300, ENGR 13100

Events and Activities Included:

  • Writing lab tour
  • Global Fest
  • Global Design team Exposition and Callout
  • Bowling Night
  • 3D Printing Projects
  • Subaru of Indiana Tour
  • Summer research and internship opportunities
  • Writing in Engineering panel
  • Study Groups
  • End of semester project showcase

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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