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Science in the 21st century addresses questions of worldwide significance and takes place in more places than ever before. The Global Science Partnerships Learning Community, open to first-year College of Science students, positions you at the forefront of this movement. You will learn from and make connections with students from around the world by living together and participating in monthly dinners, cultural activities, and service projects. This learning community will help you develop intercultural competencies and advance your global leadership skills. You will also be introduced to the scientific challenges and human predicaments facing Purdue scientists in their pursuit of global collaborations in SCI 19500, the College of Science Global Science Leadership Seminar, a 1-credit course.

Please visit the Global Science Partnerships website for more information.

Hear from our students sharing their experience as part of this learning community.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the Global Science Partnerships staff at

"The Learning Community has taught me to be a worldlier person and understand cultural backgrounds both through a classroom setting and living with a mixture of international and domestic students."

-Himal, Computer Science Major

"Before participating in the Learning Community, while I knew that it is important to understand different cultures, I knew it in a conceptual sense. People said it was necessary, and I understood the idea and logic behind that opinion. Now, after being a part of the Global Science Partnerships LC for an entire semester, I have a more concrete understanding of what it really takes to understand and work with individuals who hail from different cultures."

-Elizabeth, Biology Major

"Global Science Partnerships is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that yield unfathomable opportunities to gain a greater understanding of the world we all share as a whole. What we experienced through games and activities are actually life lessons of culture and cooperation that really do open you up to the global community."

-Jared, Biochemistry Major


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science

Residential Component

  • Required. 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 a required residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be accepted) to the same learning community. 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

Associated Courses and Information


SCI 19500 - College of Science Global Science Leadership Seminar


no courses

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:

  • Monthly dinners with LC participants
  • Social dinners with College of Science faculty
  • Foreign film series
  • Halloween community service project
  • Trip to Exploration Acres Corn Maze

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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