Our study abroad programs are organized through the
International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) Office.
Every Agriculture student has the opportunity to study
overseas. You don’t have to speak
another language. Grants and
scholarships are available through the university, IPIA, and many departments
offer grants to their students who study abroad.
Students choose from a portfolio of programs which are
offered on every continent, except Antarctica.
Programs vary in length and focus.
Students can study abroad winter or spring break, short-term (2-4 weeks)
summer courses, longer-term summer programs (6-8 weeks), or semester or
year-long. All of these programs earn
Purdue credit which can be applied toward your degree.
All students come home with new life skills that make them
more attractive to potential employers and graduate schools, more effective
citizens, and better persons. Purdue
University works with institutions, industries, and people throughout the world
and is home to students and scholars from over 100 countries. The philosophy underlying study abroad
derives from a belief that students who have had experience working, living,
and studying internationally are better educated, more mature, and usually
motivated in their chosen careers.
Study abroad is especially important for today’s graduates
- International experience helps employees be more
productive and effective even here at home.
- Learn how to apply knowledge you’ve gained in
- Gain confidence in themselves.
- Learn to appreciate different perspectives;
learn to work with people unlike themselves.
Overseas experience is important for working in
the global marketplace.
- Students who study abroad tend to be
risk-takers; they are more independent, flexible, creative, and goal oriented.
- An international experience can help set you
apart from other students with whom you’ll compete for jobs or
graduate/professional school placements.
“Studying abroad gives you the skills to communicate in a
global workplace. It helps you to
understand different customs and how to communicate effectively across language
barriers. It also helps you to become
more sensitive to the diversity of people and be more understanding of
Melissa Galizio, Junior, Food Science
“Study abroad is the chance everyone should get to discover
their sense of adventure and to justify traveling as many have want to do.
But it also provides a unique environment for
a student to academically, socially, and culturally grow into a more confident
and skilled citizen.”
Brittany Sievers, Senior, Natural Resource and Environmental