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Semester 1: Innovations for the Global Grand Engineering Challenges
Semester 2 (Optional): Research and Design for the Global Grand Engineering Challenges

At Purdue, our Innovations for Global Grand Engineering Challenges 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. During the Fall, students will take one of their first engineering courses from Global Engineering Programs (GEP) faculty/staff. Students will explore the National Academy of Engineering’s 14 Grand Engineering Challenges and how Purdue engineers are helping to address these challenges around the globe.

In the classroom, students hear first hand from world-renowned faculty and staff about projects addressing energy security, urban development, global health, and more. Students also explore 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 will include both domestic and international students for a true cross-cultural experience at Purdue from day one. Beyond the classroom this learning community offers opportunities for extracurricular activities and cultural exchange. Activities vary based on the interests of the students, but typically include: field trips (Chicago, Subaru Plant Tour, Exploration Acres), recreational activities (bowling, billiards, trivia night, etc.), weekly study tables, and information sessions and panels related to opportunities for global learning.

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. College of Engineering students are encouraged to apply for combining participation in this learning community with the Women in Engineering learning community.


  • 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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Full Academic Year

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

Associated Courses and Information


ENGR 10301 - Introduction To Professional Practice

ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1



GEP 12100 - Global Engineering research


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:

  • Global Fest
  • Study Tables
  • Exploration Acres Corn Maze
  • Global Engineering student and faculty interviews
  • Bowling Night
  • Trip to Chicago
  • Subaru of Indiana Tour
  • Summer research, study aboard, and internship opportunities
  • Study groups

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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