August 14th - 18th 2015  
Registration for Boiler Gold Rush International will begin in Spring of 2015
Please watch this webpage for further details!

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 700 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!


  • 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 us at

We look forward to meeting you soon! 

Registration for BGRi 2015 will open in Spring of 2015, check back here for more details.
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 enroll in Boiler Gold Rush in order to enroll in Boiler Gold Rush International.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Course Reference Number (CRN) for BGRi?

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.

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 (MISC-I) session is incorporated into BGRi.  If you will be attending BGRi, you do not need to sign up for a MISC-I session.

Is there a registration fee for BGRi?

No, BGRi is free for the first 700 international students who enroll in and pay for BGR.

How do I register for BGRi?

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

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 a Team Leader discovering the services and resources Purdue makes available to ensure student success.  You will also be able to attend an early Mandatory International Student Check In (MISC) 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 arrive on Friday August 14, 2015, you will have a calm day to check into your room and recover from your long journey to Purdue.  BGRi events officially begin on Saturday, August 15th and you will quickly find yourself immersed in small group activities with your Team 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. 

What should I bring?

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.

Can my parents participate at BGRi with me?

There may be some BGRi events where your family will be welcome, but you will spend most of your time at BGRi with your Team 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!

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

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.

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 (

Where am I staying during BGRi?

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!

Will I have to share a room?

Yes, each BGRi attendee will have an assigned roommate for the duration of BGRi.  It is very unlikely that your roommate at BGRi will be your roommate for the year.

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

On Friday, August 15, 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.

When should I arrive?

Please plan to arrive at Purdue, West Lafayette on Friday, August 14, 2015.  You will need to make transportation arrangements from where you live to West Lafayette.  

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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. 

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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:


Lafayette Limo:

Star of America:

I have special dietary restrictions during BGRi as it is during Ramadan, 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 and special boxed meals may be an option for students observing Ramadan.

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 not be allowed to attend a MISCi session until BGR ends.

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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