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Purdue University EXC
West Lafayette IN, United States (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Purdue University       

Location: West Lafayette, IN
Year Established: 1869
Student population: 38,800 (9,000 international students)

Purdue University, named after benefactor John Purdue, provides a quality, affordable education and is one of America’s leading research institutions. It’s renowned for science, agriculture, engineering and business and consistently ranks highly in national and international rankings. Its alumni include more than 22 astronauts, the chief engineer of the Hoover Dam and the inventor of fiberglass as well as several Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.
As a large university, Purdue offers a busy student life with athletics, nearly 1,000 student clubs and organisations, galleries, performances and various fraternities and sororities. On Fridays you can ride for free on the Boilermaker Special, the university’s mascot that resembles a Victorian era railroad locomotive.

Unique characteristics
There’s plenty of academic choice, with more than 500 undergraduate majors and specialisations. There are 10 schools and colleges - Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Management, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Technology, and Veterinary Medicine.

You get two cities for the price of one at Purdue: the university is located in West Lafayette, which is divided from the neighbouring city of Lafayette by the Wabash River. Set in slow-paced, Amish-filled Indiana, West Lafayette offers beautiful historic architecture, quaint antique and curiosity shops, the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum and Prophetstown State Park. There are a number of galleries, an annual, free music festival and several breweries and wineries.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:







Exclusions: Education, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


15 Credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.  

Grading System
Letter grades at the host university and are based on the 4-point scale.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
The partner university does not issue transcripts automatically. Students must request an official transcript via their myPurdue account at the end of semester for it to be sent to the University of Sydney.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.

Language Requirement
See language requirement for non-native speakers of English.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
International Student and Scholars Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the Embassy of the United States of America in Australia

Student Experiences

John Wang
Bachelor of Engineering, Semester 1, 2015
Host City Highlights
West Lafayette (where Purdue is located) is about 2 hours bus away from Chicago. In Chicago you could go to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago etc.
Uni Life
Most students are highly involved in different kinds of societies, and there are many opportunities to meet new friends. Relevant emails will be sent to your university email.
For civil engineering, there are lectures and labs each week, and they assess students through assignments, midterm exam and final exams. Almost every course has 2 mid-term exams and one final exam which worth about 80%.
There are more than 5 big dining hall under each dorm with different menu each day, and the food there is awesome, there are also Chinese, Japanese and Italian restaurants around campus.
There are 2 people shared dorm, single dorm, and you can also live off campus. I suggest staying in a 2 people dorm so that you can make American friends.
Money Matters
That working rate was about 7-9 USD/hour, and I personally don't suggest working during the exchange program, because most of the time your time is more valuable than the income. Spend your time on studying, socializing or traveling.
Normally there is a mid-term break (1 week) and you can travel around US during that time.
Getting Around
About 30 dollars to travel to another near city, all buses are free for Purdue students, and there are campus buses going around campus between 6am - 5 pm on weekdays.
Top Tips
Do not go there too early before a semester begins, especially for spring semester, its extremely cold (about -20 degree all the time) and there is almost no students and activities, dining courts and most restaurants are closed. 

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