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Feel free to come into the Ag Study Abroad office anytime during the office hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to discuss study abroad. It is located in Ag Administration building room 26. Through BoilerConnect on myPurdue students can schedule a time to meet with someone within Agriculture Study Abroad. Students can also schedule a meeting by emailing agabroad@purdue.edu​.

Selecting a Program

There are many study abroad programs to choose from which makes it difficult to select the best option. It is important to find the program that directly fits the needs and desires of the student. When selecting a program, it is good to answer the following questions about studying abroad.

  • ​Why do you want to study abroad?
  • Have you been out of the country?
  • When do you want to study abroad?
  • Do you want to study abroad more than once?
  • In what country or countries would you like to study?
  • Why have you chosen this length of time?
  • Would you consider studying abroad for a longer length of time?
  • When would be the best year for you (sophomore, junior, senior)?
  • How does study abroad fit into your personal or academic plans?
  • What kind of living arrangements do you prefer?
  • Do you have cost restraints?
  • Are you aware of financial aid, personal loans, grants, and scholarships?
  • Do you think you are a good candidate to study abroad? Why?
  • What are some things that scare you about studying abroad?
  • Have you talked to people with experience of studying abroad?
  • Do you believe you are emotionally stable to be away from home for the amount of time?
  • Do you want to be immersed into a culture?
  • Have you talked to people with experience of studying abroad?
  • Do you believe you are emotionally stable to be away from home for the amount of time?
  • Do you want to be immersed into a culture?
  • Do you want to study abroad with other Americans?
  • Do you believe you will take the time to explore new things and meet new people?
  • What type of location would you prefer? (small town, city, large city, metropolitan area)
  • How are you going to benefit from this experience?

Answering these questions help assist in making a decision on where and when to study abroad. After answering these questions, search for the programs available by visiting AGAD 26 or search online. Students should inform their academic advisor of their desire to study abroad.

Application Process

Students apply online to study abroad. After a program is selected through the online program search, a ‘click here to apply for this program’ link is located on the program details page. Students will login using their Purdue login to begin the application. The initial application takes less than five minutes. The next page shows a checklist of forms needed to complete the application. Depending on the length of time, depends on the forms needed for the application. Sometimes a transcript, photo, essay, recommendation form, and a copy of the passport are needed.

Feel free to stop in AGAD 26 anytime if you have concerns, questions or comments. The office hours are 8-5:00 pm. Or students can schedule a meeting through BoilerConnect.

After a completed online application, students are notified by email if they are selected. For some programs, students are selected in order the application was received. Some programs fill up fast, so the application should be turned in as soon as possible.

In the acceptance email, students need to turn in a $500 deposit and sign an agreement form. The $500 deposit goes towards the cost of the program. The $500 deposit can be paid online or by check or money order payable to Purdue University. The payment method and agreement form should be turned into AGAD 26.

Once the program is full, orientation meetings are scheduled to help prepare students to study abroad. For some programs, a course is required before the study abroad course happens.

Eligibility Requirements

A majority of programs do not have any requirements to join the program. The program requirements are listed on the program details page. Some requirements could be GPA, major, year in college, or certain courses completed. 

Academic Probation

Students on academic probation are not eligible to apply for study abroad. After being accepted for study abroad, students must maintain good academic standing. The Ag Study Abroad office reserves the right to revoke study abroad approval if a student is placed on academic probation after being approved but before the start of the study abroad program. Students in this situation will be responsible for any non-refundable or non-recoverable fees owed to the study abroad program.

Disciplinary Probation

The Office of Programs for Study Abroad reviews the disciplinary records of all study abroad applicants. Students with problematic disciplinary histories might not be approved to study overseas. Students placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad will have the approval revoked. Students in this situation will be responsible for any non-refundable or non-recoverable fees owed to the study abroad program. Students in disciplinary probation who want to apply for a study abroad program that will take place after their probation ends can do so. However, they are to be advised that their applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Purdue Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities. If the application is approved, the host institution or program provider will be notified of the student’s disciplinary status. In some cases, additional restrictions may be placed on the student’s participation in the program, at the discretion of the host institution, program provider or Purdue University.

Finances and Scholarships

The cost of the study abroad program varies. It can be funded in several ways. Even though studying abroad costs money, it is an investment that will definitely make you richer.

Deposit

A $500 is needed to secure a spot in a program. In the acceptance email, students are asked to pay the deposit online or by check or money order. Each student is required to turn in an agreement form with the form of payment to AGAD 26. Cash is not accepted. Checks can be made payable to Purdue University. The deposit is included in the cost of the program. The rest of the fees for the program are billed through Purdue Bursar’s office.

University Scholarships

Any funding that is administered by the Purdue Study Abroad Office is available to Purdue agriculture students who have been accepted on a program.

College Scholarships

Agriculture students are eligible to apply for College of Agriculture study abroad scholarships​. The application is due September 30th for those students participating in a spring semester abroad. March 31st is the deadline for those students participating in a summer or fall study abroad program. The amount awarded are based on the available funds.

Department Scholarships

Several individual agriculture departments offer grants and scholarships to their students studying abroad. Check with the academic advisor within the department for information and application procedures.

Other Funding Sources

Purdue study abroad office has a list of other scholarship opportunities available. Studyabroad.comStudyabroadfunding.comInternational Education Financial AidFastweb.com, and Finaid.org has information about study abroad grants and scholarships. If a supplemental loan for study abroad is needed, students can check out Studyabroadloan.com or SallieMae.com. There are many other options available on the internet. 

Fundraising

Fundraising helps make a study abroad program more affordable and allows an opportunity to educate the public. Students can reach out in their local community, region, state or nation. Using resources in a hometown might prove to be a valuable component, especially if a student was active in the community growing up. Some ideas include:

  • ​Agencies and Foundations
  • Travel Agencies
  • Alumni Associations
  • Professional and Business Clubs
  • Media (newspaper, radio, TV)
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Charitable, Ethnic, Religious and Campus Organizations
  • Chamber of Commerce

When asking for assistance, make sure to have a plan on how to explain your study abroad program clearly. It might be helpful to ask for help in funding a certain part like the plane ticket. Offer some service to their organization or the individual so they can benefit from the experience.

There might be ways to save money now for the study abroad program. Students could consider getting a part-time job if they do not already have one to save additional money. Even raising money by painting, cleaning, or washing cars for a couple hours can assist. Students can have a good amount of money saved before leaving by working or budgeting carefully. Anything saved, earned or gifted to a student is worthwhile and helpful.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal financial aid through the Purdue Division of Financial Aid.The Division of Financial Aid is located in Room 305 of Schleman Hall and can be contacted at 765-494-5050. Please ask for the specialist in charge of study abroad.

Academic Preparation

Students earn credits and grades for their study abroad program. Since the programs are Purdue-approved study abroad courses, students will remain enrolled as a Purdue student. The study abroad office will inform the student of the study abroad course number and number of credit hours for which to register.

International Understanding Credits

Agriculture students are required to earn nine credits in international understanding. These nine credits can be earned by taking international understanding classes. If students decide to study abroad, some or all of the nine credits can be turned into free electives. Students will still need to earn the nine credits, but do not have to take specific classes towards international understanding. The credits earned abroad are the number of credits that will turn into free elective credits.

Regulations

Participants are responsible for following the same Purdue academic policies and regulations that they are subject to while on the Purdue campus. Students should be familiar with basic College of Agriculture and Purdue policies. Before leaving, participants will sign a study abroad agreement indicating they know and accept that they are expected to complete their course abroad, fulfilling all requirements and observing all regulations set by Purdue. ​​​

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