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 beable to hit the ground running!
Last year, 560 students from nearly 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!
ONLY at BGRi
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 stay tuned for more information and updates regarding BGRi. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact ISS.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Registration for BGRi 2014 will Open Soon!
Registration is provided at first come first serve base, and the number of participants is very limited!
When you register for BGRi, you will be required to provide the Course Reference Number (CRN). The CRN for BGRi is 10774. Please be aware, that you will not be able to register for BGRi until you have registered for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). The CRN for BGR is 10266.
After enrolling in and paying for BGR, go to the checklist on the student tab in myPurdue and follow the instructions for enrolling in BGRi. To learn more about BGR and how to enroll, visit the BGR website
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 a UR Global Leader discovering the services and resources Purdue makes available to ensure student success.You will also be able to attend an early ISS WOW! session and obtain your Purdue ID (PUID) card before the majority of students arrive on campus. And of course you will have FUN!!
When you arrive on Tuesday August 12, 2014, you will have a calm day to check into your room and recover from your long journey to Purdue.BGRi events officially begin on Wednesday, August 13 and you will quickly find yourself immersed in small group activities with your UR Global Leader 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.Friday, August 16 you will move into your contract residence hall to be ready for the start of BGR the afternoon of Sunday, August 17.
During BGRi, your meals and lodging will be provided at no additional cost to you.Basic bed linens, snacks and a free telephone call home will also be provided to you upon check-in to BGRi. You will be doing lots of walking while at BGRi and BGR so comfortable shoes and clothes will be helpful.August is a very sunny month in Indiana and sunscreen will protect you from uncomfortable sunburns.
Yes, your parents can come to select events during BGRi and there will also be activities and seminars designed especially for them.Parents will have to make their own plans for meals, transportation, and lodging.
There may be some BGRi events where your family will be welcome, but you will spend most of your time at BGRi with your UR Global Leader 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!
Before you arrive on campus, your 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 be able to call home to let your family know you have arrived safely.While you will have time to yourself, you will be an important part of a small group of new international students along with your leader.Together you will learn about staying safe at Purdue.
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)
All BGRi students and Team Leaders will be housed in one of the University's residence halls. You will be moving to your contract residence hall at the end of BGRi. Don't worry, there will be plenty of support to help you move!
On Friday, August 16, a small fleet of golf carts and helpers will assist all BGRi students with their move from the temporary BGRi residence hall to their contract residence hall or off-campus housing. You should store all of your luggage in your BGRi residence hall so we can help you get it to your contract residence hall on moving day.
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.
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.
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 and special boxed meals may be an option for students observing Ramadan.