Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana
United States of America

Language of instruction


Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University is a World Top-100 public research institution offering higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the student experience, with greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. The moniker for the University’s athletics teams, “Boilermakers”, has become a popular reference for all things Purdue.

Lafayette-West Lafayette is a historian’s dream with beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture. The sister cities are ideally situated between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View Purdue's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 credits at Purdue is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Purdue.

Find courses

Search the Purdue course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database, or view the complete list of undergraduate programs.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Biological engineering
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
Food science
Geotechnical engineering
History and ancient history
Information technology
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Nutrition science
Political science
Public policy
Social work
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Exchange students can apply to stay in Purdue's on-campus residences. Places are not guaranteed, especially during the fall semester, but students who apply by the deadline will usually be allocated a room. Additionally, Purdue provides guidance and support for students looking to live off-campus.

Further information on Purdue's housing options is available on pages 16–19 in the Exchange Student Handbook.

Cost of living

Purdue's Exchange Student Handbook provides a breakdown of average living costs which students can expect to encounter while on exchange in West Lafayette. 

Additional Mandatory fees

Purdue University does not have any additional mandatory fees for exchange students.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students studying at Purdue are required to maintain adequate health coverage throughout the duration of their exchange. Information regarding the Purdue Student Health Insurance Service, including costs and benefits, can be found on Purdue's website.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets Purdue University’s minimum waiver requirements. UQ’s Corporate Travel Insurance has previously met the minimum waiver requirements for Purdue University’s Student Health Insurance. However, waiver eligibility is assessed by the host university and is not guaranteed as requirements are subject to change.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets Purdue University’s minimum waiver requirements.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.


Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.