Purdue University

Purdue University is a public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Founded in 1869, Purdue now has around 40,000 students studying more than 200 majors in 10 different schools. It has one of the largest international student and scholars groups in the US. Purdue has had its own airport since 1934 and has been highly influential in America’s history of aviation.

Academic highlights

Purdue is internationally renowned for its aviation program and advanced spaceflight technological developments. Twenty-two Purdue graduates have become astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and it was the first university in the world to offer college credit in flight training and a four-year bachelor degree in aviation. Purdue’s Krannert School of Management’s MBA program is also considered one of the best on the planet.


Purdue is located near the western bank of the Wabash River in the state of Indiana, about 100km from both Indianapolis and Chicago. The Purdue campus is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system.

Did you know?

Purdue’s airport is an FAA Part 139 Certificated Airport and was the first university-owned airport in the country. It encompasses 217 hectares divided into airside and landside facilities and is the second largest airport in Indiana. Amelia Earhart was made a visiting faculty member at Purdue and flew above Purdue’s campus in the plane that would eventually disappear with her over the Pacific Ocean.


Most undergraduate courses are available to exchange students unless the student has not satisfied pre-requisites or if space in class is limited to majors. Note that you should choose 100 to 400-level courses. Advanced students may be permitted to take one or two of the 500-level courses.

You cannot take any 600-level courses, which are for PhD and advanced Master’s students only.

Disciplines available


Ancient cultures


Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies



Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences


Education - early childhood


Engineering - chemical

Engineering - civil

Engineering - electrical/ computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical / aerospace

Film and screen studies

Fine art

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Jewish languages & culture studies

Literary studies



Mathematical sciences

Journalism, philosophy

Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Public health and preventive medicine

Religious studies


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies


Theatre and performance

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See Purdue's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Exchange students typically take between 4 and 5 classes at Purdue. To be legally in the USA, international students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours at Purdue.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard N/A credits 12 PU credits N/A24 PU credits

Note a minimum number of 12 US credits must be taken to maintain full-time status for undergraduates, or 9 for graduates. 12 US credits is generally 4 units at 3 credit points each. Note that some Faculties at Monash require students to do a full-time load of 15 US credits to count as 24 Monash credit points. You will need to confirm this with your crediting Faculty.

Exchange program terms

PU 'Fall' Semester (Monash semester 2): mid-August – early December
PU 'Spring' Semester (Monash semester 1): early January – early May

See PU's academic calendar here.


All exchange students can apply for on-campus accommodation with Purdue University. On-campus dorms are the most convenient option though it is relatively more expensive than sharing an off-campus apartment with other students.

Purdue University offers advice about on-campus accommodation here and off-campus accommodation here.


International exchange students studying in the U.S. must obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s visa before you leave your home country. The application process requires a personal interview at the Consulate.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the the U.S. Embassy & Consulates here.

Purdue University of also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Purdue’s Orientation program is mandatory for all exchange students. Find out more here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

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Purdue University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Purdue
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate

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