Spring 2008 Exchange StudentsPurdue Health Insurance Policy

Purdue University requires all international students to have health insurance for full accident and hospitalization coverage in the United States. Students can complete an insurance waiver form if they already have insurance that meets the requirements. International students can purchase the Purdue University Student Health Insurance plan if they do not have insurance. The Purdue's Health Insurance Policy explains more information about the plan and the costs.

Yellow Emergency Call Boxes

At Purdue, there are yellow emergency call boxes all over campus. They are regularly spaced yellow posts with phones marked by a blue light on top. When you suspect that someone is following you or if you need assistance, you can use the phone to call for help. The blue light will flash when you activate the phone.

Culture Shock

While at Purdue, you will probably experience culture shock. Feel free to contact us if you are experiencing culture shock.

Lion FountainSafety While Traveling

When traveling, be sure to keep travel documents and money with you at all times. It is also wise to keep a photocopy of your passport separate from your passport. Always exercise caution if you are traveling to a major US city.



Purdue University and the greater Lafayette community are relatively safe. Most crimes that take place involve personal belongings. As in all cities, you are advised to be sensible and to walk accompanied rather than alone at night. Walkways on campus and around residence halls are well-lit at night.

The Purdue police department provides information on safety and security initiatives, services on campus, local hospitals, and local media outlets.

Emergency Contact Information

If you need to call the police, fire, or an ambulance for a medical emergency, dial 911. This works on all phone systems all over the country. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Purdue Police


International Programs in Agriculture


Kara Hartman

Office: 765-494-8458
Cell: 812-592-7412



While at Purdue, exchange students must practice the same safety and health precautions they would at home. Some ways students can practice health and safety are:

  • Use common sense
  • Stay away from dangerous areas
  • Do not travel alone
  • Keep informed about the local news
  • Inform others of plans to go to town or travel
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Do not drink excessively
  • Eat healthy
  • Use caution interacting with strangers
  • Avoid illegal drugs
  • Be cautious in giving a phone number, address or email address
  • Get enough rest
  • Do not leave luggage, purses, book bags unattended
  • Keep money and other valuables in a safe place
  • Stay in well-lit, heavily traveled streets
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and actions made
  • Do not hitchhike
  • Travel light
  • Keep emergency numbers handy