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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 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. 

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

Study areas taught in English

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

Course restrictions

Architecture, business and postgraduate courses are not open for exchange students.

HORT program is highly ranked and competitive. Prerequisites will be checked

Restrictions to engineering students:
  • While possible to select courses across multiple schools within the College of Engineering (CoE), it is recommended to select all courses from a single school
  • Avoid taking courses from both the CoE and the College of Technology (CoT). E.g. Mechanical Engineering courses are in the CoE, whereas Mechanical Engineering Technology courses are in the CoT - select all courses from one discipline, not both.
  • Contact your Purdue academic adviser once you have received your acceptance notice to discuss course registration

Additional academic information

Course Numbering at Purdue:

  • 000-099: Non-credit courses
  • 100-299: Undergraduate Lower-Division Courses 
  • 300-499: Undergraduate Upper-Division Courses
  • 500-699: Graduate Courses
  • 700+: Postgraduate Courses

Purdue has online resources to help you understand their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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. 

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 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. Students may be eligible to waive the Purdue sponsored health plan if they have sufficient coverage and meet Purdue's minimum requirements for coverage. For more information on how to obtain a waiver can be found at the insurance link above. Please note that the waiver of the Purdue sponsored health plan is not guaranteed and is subject to Purdue's approval.


Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.