Purdue University

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Science
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 12 Credits
Semester dates Fall August - December
Spring January - April

About the University

Purdue University is a public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is the flagship campus of the Purdue University system. The university was founded in 1869 after Lafayette businessman John Purdue donated land and money to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.

The main campus in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 69 masters and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 900 student organizations. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana, as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.


West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America

West Lafayette is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles (166 km) southeast of Chicago.

Exchange information

Courses available

More information on courses available at Purdue.


On-campus housing:  After students have been admitted and assigned a Purdue identification number (PUID), they can apply online for on-campus accommodation. As soon as an exchange student is admitted, the Study Abroad Office sends an email explaining exactly how to apply online for housing.

Off-campus housing: The Study Abroad Office does not have the resources to assist exchange students locate off-campus accommodation.  However, we suggest that students read about off-campus housing services at the Dean of Students' website or visit the office in Room 207 of Schleman Hall.

Cost of living

Exchange students will be responsible for any expenses (other than tuition and fees) that are incurred during their stay at Purdue.  Approximate expenses for one semester are $7,100 USD for room & board, books, and personal expenses.See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Purdue University issues J-1 student visas to exchange students. The student's U.S. immigration document (DS-2019) will be prepared by the Office of International Students and Scholars after the exchange application has been processed. Typically, this takes 4-6 weeks. The immigration document and a general information packet is sent directly to the exchange program coordinator, who forwards it to the student. The packet includes information about Purdue University, visa documentation, the international student orientation, and health insurance.

All international students must pay the required SEVIS fee to the United States Department of Homeland Security per the instructions sent with the immigration document (DS-2019).  It is not possible to pay the SEVIS fee before receiving the DS-2019.

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