InterCultural Learning (ICL)
InterCultural Learning (ICL) at Purdue encompasses many programming elements coordinated by the Office of International Programs. These programs 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 within ICL. 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 on a cultural event with 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 ICL programs for more details.
Multinational Integration Xchange (MIX)
MIX is a presidential initiative designed to assist undergraduate students in crossing cultural bridges in order to get to know other students from around the world. Through programming and an innovative cross-cultural certification, students are incentivized to take risks to move out of their comfort zones to build relationships across domestic and international boundaries. For more information look for us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MIXPurdue or e-mail Annette.
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 twenty 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.
All Purdue students are encouraged to share their perspective and experience other perspectives through fun events, food, trips. Perspectives takes place on Friday evenings or on Saturday at the end of every week. We meet in different locations across campus and occasionally enjoy trips into the community to offer new experiences and opportunities to connect with new friends. We learn about and celebrate American holidays or traditions too. It’s a great way to meet other students and scholars from all over the world in a relaxed setting.
Designed as an ongoing orientation program, Perspectives makes Purdue a little smaller place through activities which are often planned with the help of student clubs, campus departments, and community organizations.
International Programs sends out an events newsletter every week with Perspectives activities and other opportunities. Contact International Programs at IPprograms@purdue.edu for more information or to be included in the newsletter mailing list.
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 select schools and classrooms.