Fall 2017 Registration Is Now Open

Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) is a customized orientation program specifically designed to meet incoming international undergraduate students' unique needs and concerns.  BGRi takes place the week before Purdue's orientation program - Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)

The 4-day program is packed full of all the information and tips that new international Boilermakers need to be able to hit the ground running!

Last year, nearly 800 students from over 40 countries participated in BGRi. With further development and efforts to continue to improve this unique program, BGRi is going to be even more awesome this year!

This year's official schedule will be posted in July, so keep checking back for updates.  To view last year's schedule and learn about some of the exciting opportunities, please click the button below.


  • First hand guidance and assistance from a Global Leader throughout your first year at Purdue!     
  • Meaningful programs and activities providing you with vital skills and knowledge to help you be successful at Purdue!  
  • One of the secrets to being successful is to stay ahead of the game! You will check in early, get your Purdue ID card early, move into your room early, and become a Boilermaker early!  
  • Being a Boilermaker is about more than just oneself, it's also about service to your fellow student and community. With all your newly gained knowledge and experience from participating in BGRi, you will have the opportunity to provide assistance to the later incoming freshmen students!   

Please visit this website for more information and updates regarding BGRi. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at BGRi@purdue.edu

We look forward to meeting you soon! 

Registration is provided on a first come first serve base, and the number of participants is very limited!   Note, you must accept your admission to Purdue and register for Boiler Gold Rush to be eligible to register for Boiler Gold Rush International.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for BGRi?

After accepting your admission, log in to myPurdue, go to the New Student tab and follow the instructions to register for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR).  After you register for BGR, you will be able to register for Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi)

If I am attending BGRi do I still need to sign up for a Mandatory International Student Check-In (MISCi) Session?

The Mandatory International Student Check-In (MISCi) session is incorporated into BGRi.  If you will be attending BGRi, you do not need to sign up for a MISCi session.

Is there a registration fee for BGRi?

No, BGRi is free for the first 1000 international students who enroll in and pay for BGR.

What do I gain from attending BGRi?

At BGRi, you will have the opportunity to explore campus before the official start of BGR.  You will learn about US university culture and expectations and how to navigate in and around Purdue.  You will spend time with a small group of other new international students and Team Leaders discovering the services and resources that Purdue makes available to ensure student success.  You will also be able to attend an early Mandatory International Student Check In (MISCi) Session, learn more about ISS WOW! and obtain your Purdue ID (PUID) card before the majority of students arrive on campus. And of course you will have FUN!!

What will we be doing during BGRi?

When you check on Friday August 11, 2017, you will have a calm day to settle into your residence hall and recover from your long journey to Purdue.  Depending on your arrival time, you will have plenty of opportunity to shop, take care of banking needs, purchase a cell phone, etc.  BGRi events officially begin on Saturday, August 12th and you will quickly find yourself immersed in small group activities with your Team Leaders and larger group seminars about topics essential to your success at Purdue.  BGRi will also provide transportation and opportunities for shopping trips to local stores.  MISCi sessions for BGRi participants will occur on Monday and Tuesday. No need to schedule a MISCi session, we'll take care of that for you.

What should I bring?

During BGRi, your meals will be provided at no additional cost to you.  If you have been assigned University housing, you will move right in to your Purdue residence hall.  You will be doing lots of walking while at BGRi and BGR so comfortable shoes and clothes will be helpful.  Umbrellas and sunscreen are also helpful.

Can my parents participate at BGRi with me?

There may be a few BGRi events where your family will be welcome to join you, but you will spend most of your time at BGRi with your Team Leaders and other BGRi attendees participating in activities designed to help you adjust to Purdue.

There will be many things that your parents can do while you are busy having fun and working hard!  The parent and family tentative schedule is available by click the button above this section.

I am nervous about arriving by myself, should I be?

Before you arrive on campus, a Team Leader will email you to help prepare you for BGRi and to answer any questions you or your family might have.  At check-in, you will have time to call or text home to let your family know you have arrived safely.  While you will have some time to yourself or to spend with your family, you will be an important part of a small group of new international students along with your Team Leaders.  Together you will learn about staying safe at Purdue.

Is Purdue a safe environment for international students?

Keeping students safe is very important to the entire Purdue community.  Purdue has its own police force as well as its own fire department. Both the police and the fire department participate actively in educating students on best safety practices.  Purdue is also well equipped with emergency call boxes and safety lighting throughout the campus.  To learn more about safety at Purdue, please read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (http://www.purdue.edu/police/pdf/YourCampus.pdf)

Where am I staying during BGRi?

Students who have been contracted with University Housing will be housed in their assigned University Residence Hall during BGRi. 

Students who have not contracted with the University to live in a residence hall (off-campus housing) need to make arrangements with their off-campus housing and plan to return to their off-campus housing at the end each day of BGRi.

Will I have to share a room?

It is quite common that you will share a room in your assigned University residence, however your roommate(s) might not have arrived on campus yet, so they might not be in the room until after BGRi.

How and when will I move in to my permanent residence?

On Friday, August 11, students will report to their assigned University residence hall.  Students who are living off-campus will need to prepare to return to their off-campus housing at the end of each day.

When should I arrive?

Please plan to arrive at Purdue, West Lafayette on Friday, August 11, 2017.  You will need to make transportation arrangements from where you live to West Lafayette.  

Click here for information about getting to Purdue: http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Resources/Docs/BGRi/Getting2Purdue.pdf

If you arrive before August 11, 2017, you will need to find temporary housing until August 11, 2017, for example at a local hotel.

Will Purdue pick me up at the airport?

No, it is your responsibility to get from your home to the Purdue – West Lafayette campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.  The two major cities nearest West Lafayette are Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana and it is recommended that you fly to one of these cities and then secure transportation to West Lafayette. 

Click here for information about getting to Purdue: http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Resources/Docs/BGRi/Getting2Purdue.pdf

How do I get to Purdue from the airport?

If you arrive in Chicago, Illinois or Indianapolis, Indiana you can make a reservation with one of the following transportation services.  Each service will drop you off at or near the BGRi residence hall.


Express Air Coach: http://www.expressaircoach.com/

Reindeer Shuttle:  http://www.reindeershuttle.com/


Lafayette Limo: http://www.lafayettelimo.com/

Star of America: http://www.soashuttle.com/

I have special dietary restrictions during BGRi, how will you accommodate my needs?

BGRi will work with students who have special dietary restrictions to ensure that their needs are being met.  At each mealtime, vegetarian options and global cuisine will be available.

I won’t be attending BGRi, can I still attend my Mandatory International Student Check In Session (MISCi) during BGRi?

No, the ISS MISCi sessions that are scheduled during BGRi are specifically for students attending BGRi.  If you are a BGR participant and choose not to attend BGRi, you will need to schedule your MISCi session during or after BGR.

What if I have other questions?

If you have more questions, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) by either email  or by calling 765-494-5770 Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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