​​Financial Matters

Credit cards and debit cards are widely used in the U.S. and are accepted by almost all businesses. The currency conversion will help find the current exchange rate to dollars.

Estimated Expenses

Tuition and fees at Purdue, including the international student service fee are waived in accordance with the exchange agreement between Purdue and the partner institution. Some courses have special class fees which are not included in this agreement. Exchange students are responsible for housing, meals, supplies, personal travel and other miscellaneous expenses. These estimated expenses are around $7500 per semester. Room and board will cost around $5000. Books and supplies will cost between $500 and $800.


Exchange students may want to consider opening a local bank account. There are several banks near campus. To open a bank account you need your passport, proof of local residence, and student number. Students can wire money from their home bank to a local bank.

Cost of Living

Below is a sample of the average cost of several common items:

  • Lunchtime meal at restaurant $10
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant $7
  • 1 liter of milk $0.65
  • 12 eggs $2.40
  • 1 kg of apples $3.60
  • 1 kg of potatoes $1.60
  • 2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.90
  • Bread $1.85
  • Jeans $50
  • Sport Shoes $75
  • 1 liter of gas $0.60
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper $3.00
  • Toothpaste $1.50
  • Movie ticket $10

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