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Global Science Partnerships

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 and cultural and service activities. This LC will include approximately equal numbers of domestic and international students.

You will also be introduced to the scientific challenges and human predicaments facing Purdue scientists in their pursuit of global collaborations in SCI 195, the College of Science Global Science Leadership Seminar – a 1-credit course.

ACTIVITIES for Global Science Partnerships:

  • Monthly Dinner Meeting with cultural programs
  • Community Service – Halloween at the YMCA and many more opportunities
  • English Conversation Groups – Informal “chat” sessions to help international college of science students become more comfortable with conversational English.
  • Cultural Activities and Field Trips – International Picnic, Corn Maze excursion, and dinners with cultural programs, etc
  • International Film Festival, game nights, cookouts and more...

* Upon completion, students can earn a total of 4 points in the Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate Program. This program enhances student marketability in the work force by incorporating three key components needed in the real world (click here for more information).


Join us at the GSP orientation!


Andrey and Nabilah on the Indiana State Museum trip

"I really enjoyed the sense of community that this group created, especially outside of the classroom. The group that showed up to the dinners after the first semester actually wanted to be there, which made it a fun and easy environment to have meaningful conversations in."

Megan - Physics - Class of 2018 - USA

"The learning community has taught me to be a more worldly person and understand cultural backgrounds both through a classroom setting and living with a mixture of international and domestic students."

Himal – Computer Science - Class of 2017 - India


Jenna and Aayushi on the trip to the Indiana State Museum trip


Yusen and Kia on the Indy Trip

"The thing I loved most about the GSP LC were the professor talks. They introduced me to people doing research in all the majors of the College of Science and made me reflect on what I wanted to do in the future. GSP is a great place to find friends outside of classes, because you get to mingle with students from all kinds of backgrounds over free food and on field trips."

Charlie Su - Computer Science - Class of 2018 - USA  

"I loved being able to meet people from all over the world. It is an amazing opportunity."

Stephanie - Biology - Class of 2018 - England


GSP 7th dinner: Night of The Philippines - Learning "Tininking"

Milana Anna Heather Scavenger

Milana, Anna, Heather and Megan on the Scavenger hunt

"I especially enjoyed making some American friends."

Zihao - Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences - Class of 2017 - China

"Global Science Partnerships is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that yields unfathomable opportunities to get 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 - Class of 2017 - USA


Game Night with Sean, Anant, Charlie, Taylor and Eric

Game Night

SCI 195 activity

“I especially liked living on the same floor as the people within my learning community.”                                

Scott – Biology – Class of 2019 - USA

"Meeting people from dicerse cultural backgrounds who were all interested in a common cause, and were also willing to discuss our differences in culture. It was an eye-opening experience."

Yi Yi - Neurobiology - Class of 2016 - Malaysia

LC and Samantha

Jared & Sam Playing communication games with SCI 195

Tay and Jen

Taylor and Jennifer on bus to Indy

"The best thing about the program is that it creates a platform for both international students and domestic students to make friends from different cultures."

Yuting – Chemistry – Class of 2019 - China

"My favorite part of the Indianapolis Zoo trip was the extended contact with American students. We had great conversations and made some plans for the following week."

Jens - Computer Science - Class of 2018 - Germany


GSP at the Indianapolis Zoo


Xihan(Olivia), Molly, Abhijeet and Songjie at the Inidianapolis Zoo

"Global Science Partnerships Learning community helped me a lot to adjust at Purdue University. I made many friends because of this learning community."

Abhijeet – Computer Science - Class of 2017 - India

"The best thing about the program is that it creates a platform for both international students and domestic students to make friends from different cultures."

Vinsen - Math & Statistics - Class of 2017 - Indonesia 


Ricardo, Zijing(Shine), Kia and Wan at the Indianapolis Zoo


GSP Halloween Service Event 

"This community gave me the opportunity to live, study and engage with people from other countries, varied cultures and beliefs. The course that it entailed provided me with an insight to the relationship between cultures and the perception of science. GSP made me feel welcome, and attending their events gave me a good break from routinely academic life."                                                                                                             

Trisha Zalani – Mathematics – Class of 2020 – Oman

"Before participating in the learning community, while I knew that it is important to understand different cultures, I knew it in an obscure 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 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 - Class of 2017 - USA


Taylor explaining the game to Sleeping Beauty

"GSP enabled me to meet a lot of good, friendly people from many different cultures and to expand what I know about the world, while having fun."

Minwen - Chemistry - Class of 2016 - China

"Being in Global Science Partnerships was a great way for me to get a taste of other cultures. Having an international roommate and being with people from around the world has expanded my mindset about how other cultures and people work."

Nick - Biochemistry - Class of 2017 - USA


Jixiang Liu(Kevin) and Ben helping Michael Myers retrieve a prize out of the pumpkin guts


Halloween at the YMCA-Jarrod helping Captain America

"This learning community has brought me into a whole new world with culture and experiences. I was able to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures. Being in the Global Science Partners was a great way to enter Purdue University and begin my scientific career."

Lake - Statistics & Math - Class of 2017 - USA

GSP dinner

Learning folk dances at a GSP dinner


Jade, Kavya, Trisha and Qihui playing Apples to Apples during cookout.

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