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Purdue University


At a glance

Purdue University, established in 1869, is located in West Lafayette, an hour north-west of Indianapolis. The city has a population of around 32,000 and is separated from the larger city of Lafayette by the Wabash River.

It is a typical US campus university and offers 600+ student organisations and some unique American traditions.
Established : 1869
Student Population : 32000

Website and links

Website : Purdue Homepage

Study abroad page : Study Abroad Information

Academic information

Who can go

Students on degree programmes in the following subject areas may apply to study abroad during their Junior Honours year at Purdue University:

Please note the following restrictions when considering the list below: Chemistry - full year only and not available on programmes which already contain an External Placement or Year Abroad; Psychology - full year only.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Finance
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Semesters Available
  • First Semester
  • Second Semester
  • Full Year
Note: Joint Honours students may only apply for a full year abroad if BOTH subjects are listed above. Joint Honours students applying for one semester must seek permission from both Schools.

Study abroad coordinator

Each School has a designated Study Abroad Coordinator.

Semester dates

Semester dates are as follows

Semester 1 Aug 2019 to Dec 2019
Semester 2 Jan 2020 to May 2020
Semester 1 Aug 2020 to Dec 2020
Semester 2 Jan 2021 to May 2021

Your studies abroad

St Andrews academic requirements
  • Minimum Credit in Academic year : 27
  • Minimum Credit in Semester : 12
  • Maximum Credit in Academic year : 30
  • Maximum Credit in Semester: 15
  • Module Weighting : 3, 4

Partner Course Catalogue : Course Catalogue

See our Credits and modules abroad webpage for information on the number of credits we expect students to take at our partner institutions. St Andrews expects students to attend all classes as part of their programme abroad. Assessment methods may vary across partners and could include class participation, continuous assessment in the form of homework and final exams. All courses must be agreed with your Study Abroad Coordinator. See Academic information for further details, as well as information about credit and grade conversion.

Application and selection

Application and selection

This institution is part of the St Andrews Abroad Programme. .

Places available

Places available : For the academic year 2021/2, there will be 6 semester places available.

Places available may vary from year to year depending on the exchange balance. Numbers for the following academic year will be confirmed at the information meeting.

Living there

Getting there and getting around

It is recommended that you travel to Indianapolis International Airport (IND). There are several shuttle services which will transport you from the airport to Purdue. Information about these services will be in your acceptance packet from Purdue.

Students can also travel to Chicago and use the less frequent shuttle service to Purdue.

The campus is walkable but there is public transport available in Lafayette. Students can use the bus to travel around the city or go further afield by train.


Accommodation is not guaranteed.

As soon as you receive your acceptance email from Purdue, you should apply for housing as instructed.

There are approximately 12 residence halls at Purdue, which are all within walking distance of academic buildings and facilities. Most are co-ed, but there are a few which are single sex dorms. The residences offer mostly shared bedrooms with shared facilities, in either dorm style halls or apartments. All halls are catered.

Students attending Purdue for the full year cannot leave halls for second semester. Students can stay in their room over the holidays, apart from at Christmas. Students can also opt for off-campus housing, but this must be organised independently.

Please note that St Andrews is unable to guarantee housing at any of our partner institutions. Guidance on finding accommodation abroad is available on the Global Office webpage.

Student services and orientation

Please refer to the Purdue Student Wellness Office regarding services available to students.

The Midwest area has the lowest cost of living in the USA and is, therefore, a comparatively cheap place to live. Your living costs, as always, will be totally dependent on your lifestyle while abroad.

A detailed summary of living costs and financial information is available online in the student handbook.

Please be aware that student support services will be different across all of our partner universities.

Finance and insurance


Health insurance is mandatory at Purdue, unless you can prove you have sufficient coverage with another policy. In many cases, but not all, travel insurance provided by St Andrews does qualify for a waiver.

St Andrews students authorised to study or work abroad as part of their degree programme will be covered by the University’s insurance policy. Please reference to our travel insurance pages for further information.

Passports and visas

Please refer to our passports and visas page for further information.

Student experience

See profiles and photos of St Andrews students who have studied abroad.