Global Outreach Purdue!
GO (Global Outreach) Purdue! is an initiative of the Office of International Students and Scholars. GO Purdue! seeks to provide cultural, educational, service and social opportunities whereby international students will enhance their American educational experience and contribute to the globalization of Purdue and the greater community.
Opportunities abound with GO Purdue! programs. Interested in making friends with an American family? Check out the International Friendship Program (IFP). Interested in sharing your culture with Americans, young and old alike? Be an Educational Exchange Program (EEP) volunteer. Would you like to make a difference in the community by doing volunteer work? If so, check out the Boiler Out! Volunteer Program. Want to educate others about your country at special times of the year? Participate in International Education Week with activities in the Greater Lafayette community. Want to explore Indiana and surrounding places of interest? Sign up for a GO Purdue! Trip. Are you ready to share a meal, discuss differing cultural perspectives and just "hang out" with new friends? Join in the fun of Friday night Perspectives. The opportunities are endless to make your stay at Purdue a positive and life-changing adventure.
Check out the links to each of these GO Purdue! programs for more details.
International Friendship Program (IFP)
Offered to new international students, this program provides the opportunity to meet and become friends with an American individual or family living in the Greater Lafayette area. IFP is a unique program that literally hundreds of students and community residents have benefited from over the past few years.
Educational Exchange Program (EEP)
Provides an opportunity for greater international awareness and cultural understanding for the Greater Lafayette community. ISS matches requests for cultural presentations from local teachers and event organizers with interested international students and scholars.
Boiler Out! Volunteer Program
The Boiler Out! Volunteer Program provides international students with meaningful community service projects that reflect its three core values of Outreach, Understanding, and Teamwork. Participants do a variety of volunteer work alongside American students and local community members.
PERSPECTIVES: Everyone has them! Come and share your Perspectives Friday’s at 4:30 p.m. in Schleman B38. This group discusses everything from Media in the United States to Friendship and Dating in the U.S. This is a great way for you to meet others from all over the world and also share and listen to others in an informal setting. Free Pizza from Papa John’s is also provided at these meetings! Look forward to seeing you Friday’s as we make Purdue a little smaller with discussion, fun, and learning! Click here for this semester's schedule.
Each fall and spring semester ISS student volunteers help new international students with matters such as arrival pick-up, ISS check-in process, and general orientation needs.
International Education Week
Since August 2000, Purdue has proudly ranked 2nd or third in total international student enrollment among U.S. universities. During International Education Week (IEW), celebrated internationally the third week in November, Purdue international student and scholar volunteers share some of the special aspects of their cultures with three selected schools and their third grade classrooms. In addition, this year volunteers will also host a cultural program in a local retirement community.
Community organizations sometimes need help with translating non-English documents or with interpreting a language other than English into English, or vice versa. This is a volunteer program that requires little time.