Exchange students will be responsible for any expenses (other than tuition and fees) that are incurred during their stay at Purdue. Approximate expenses for one semester are:
Room and board: $4,250
Books and supplies: $550
Health insurance: $500
Miscellaneous personal expenses: $600
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees at Purdue University, including the international student service fee, are waived in accordance with the exchange agreement between Purdue and the partner institution.
All international students must pay the required $100 SEVIS fee to the United States Department of Homeland Security per the instructions sent with the immigration document (DS-2019). Look under Travel & Immigration Documents for more information.
Bringing Money & Cards
Credit cards and debit cards are widely used in the U.S. and are accepted by almost all businesses. ATM or instant cash bank cards can be used almost anywhere in the world and are certainly the easiest way to access your money from home. You should have a few hundred dollars worth of traveler's checks just in case. Traveler's checks are replaceable if lost or stolen.
You may want to consider opening a local bank account. If you live at a Purdue residence hall, you will have to pay the Purdue Bursar's office by cash or personal check. There are several banks near campus, including PEFCU that is located right at the Purdue Memorial Union. Chase is located near campus by Chauncey Hill.
To open a bank account you need your passport, proof of local residence, and student number. Your initial deposit can consist of money in traveler's checks or a bank or cashier's checks drawn in U.S. dollars on a U.S. bank. Avoid checks in U.S. dollars drawn on a foreign bank. Such checks take much longer to clear than checks drawn on U.S. banks. Remember that until a check clears, you will not have access to your funds.
Use the Currency Conversion to find out the current exchange rate.