Partner Profile: Purdue University

Aberystwyth University students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at Purdue University located in Indiana, USA.

Type of Link: Institutional

Motto: Education, Research, Service

Mascot: Purdue Pete

Established: 1869

Number of students

  • 32,672 Undergraduate
  • 9,795 Postgraduate


Located in West Lafayette Indiana, Purdue University has the fourth largest international student population of any university in the USA. Being in the Midwest means that the summers at Purdue are warm with average highs in the high twenties and the winters are cold enough for snow. West Lafayette is the second most populated town in Indiana and as such it has a vibrant social scene with lots of restaurants, bars and attractions.


All courses are offered in English. Students from any academic department are eligible to apply at the discretion of their department’s exchange coordinator. There are a number of course available that are similar to the following departments in Aberystwyth. These include:


There are a range of accommodation options available. Housing is limited so students must make sure they apply in advance of their arrival.

Visa Information and Other Costs

All international and exchange students must apply for a J-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year. 

ALL students attending Purdue University MUST have health insurance and be able to prove that they have purchased it. Unless the student arranges an appropriate alternative, they must enrol in Purdue's own system which can be done by following the steps in the previous link. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.

Getting There‌‌

The closest airport to Purdue is either Chicago O'Hare or Indianapolis. The university does NOT offer a pick-up service‌ but the Weeks of Welcome guide offers advice on how to book transfers from both airports and what to do once you are on campus.

The first semester begins in August and ends in December. International students are expected to arrive a few days in advance of term dates. The second semester begins in January and ends in May.

How to Apply

All students wishing to go on an exchange to Purdue University must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must first be nominated by the international office and students usually go in the second semester of their second year unless they have special permission from their department.