Epiphany seekers

Published October 2016

What would you give for your next epiphany? What’s it worth to get a striking realization that brings new understanding and a fresh sense of what’s true, right and worthwhile? 

Purdue students know the value. They are pursing epiphanies in record numbers. They are leaving the familiar to seek the unfamiliar — taking bold leaps, and traveling to places they’ve seen only in two dimensions. More of them are studying abroad than ever before. And as they live in other countries, they are broadening their horizons and experiencing the world.

From fall 2015 to summer 2016, 2,198 Purdue undergrads studied in 52 countries. That compares with 1,964 Purdue students who studied abroad a year earlier and 1,666 a year before that.

Why the surge?

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Affordability, courtesy of Purdue Moves scholarships. Purdue Moves initiatives are making a Purdue education more affordable and more valuable. One of the Purdue Moves goals is for one third of all undergrads to study abroad, do research or work at an internship.

Brian Harley, the associate dean of international programs, says that the added scholarships combined with faculty doing more than ever to add study abroad programs explain the growing numbers.

“This summer some Purdue students studied transportation infrastructure in London, food production techniques in Italy and athletic training practices in China, just to name a few.”

— Brian Harley, Study Abroad

Is it really doable?

Frugally minded students may think that studying abroad is too expensive. That common perception is understood, so Purdue offers up to $1,000 scholarships for the short-term study-abroad programs that last just a few weeks. For students going abroad in the summer, Purdue can help with $2,000 for a six-week, six-credit experience. For students going for a semester or a year, up to $3,000 is available.

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