International Registration

Congratulations on your admission to Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana! We are very glad you have chosen Purdue and look forward to working with you on your program of study.

To receive academic advising and a PIN so you may register for courses during your assigned time ticket, you must complete the following steps:  

Step 1: Determine Your Math Readiness

The Mathematics Department has introduced some new prerequisite options for our Calculus I courses.  This change is presently in effect for fall 2016 enrollment (and thereafter).  Previously, nearly all incoming students, newly admitted students, and transfer students took the ALEKS assessment.  Under this change, the ALEKS placement score is no longer the only pre-requisite. Students may now place into these courses by means of a suitable score on the math component of the SAT or ACT.

Q: Who should take ALEKS?

* Any student wishing to place into a higher course than their SAT/ACT placement.

* Any student with SAT MATH < 500 and ACT MATH < 21 (or no SAT/ACT score).

* Students enrolling in CHM 11500 / 12500 / 12901 / 20000  or PHYS 17200 must satisfy the necessary Calculus I prerequisite to register for these courses.

The ALEKS test assesses a student's mastery of basic algebra and trigonometry skills which are essential to success in calculus. Placement in mathematics will determine placement in approved College of Science chemistry, physics, and computer science courses. Please review the information on ALEKS before taking the exam. You will need to be prepared for this exam. It should take approximately 60-90 minutes.

Step 2: Complete the Student Information Form (SIF)

When these tasks are complete, e-mail Be sure to include your name and student ID number in the e-mail.

Please check out the resources found below for valuable information to prepare for your visit to Purdue University and the College of Science.

Once we receive your e-mail and verify your tasks are complete, the College of Science will assign an academic advisor. Your advisor will e-mail you at your Purdue email address to start your advising process.

Please click here to begin your tasks!

For pre-arrival information including student visas, transfer credit, paying tuition, housing and health insurance please review the link or email


Registration: June 15th-August 28th

We encourage you to start your academic advising as soon as possible.  Advisors will be busy with on-campus STAR prticipants and may not be able to respond to e-mail the same day it is received. International students are highly encouraged to complete their advising process prior to the start of STAR. 

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