Summer Experiential Programs

International Programs

Australia (Sydney)

Purdue Internship Program

Combines a three-credit unpaid internship with a three-credit academic course over a 7-week period.  Students intern in local institutions related to their major. All departments in the College of Science recognize it as meeting the language and culture requirement of the core curriculum.  Approved for CoS (except MATH)

Bhutan

SFS-Bhutan: Himalayan Studies

In the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, people have developed rich cultural traditions and social and political institutions that reflect Buddhist principles of The Middle Path, integrating people and nature, traditional knowledge and Western science. Sustainable management of natural resources, including soil, water, species and minerals, is critical for this country whose economy is largely based on these resources. This 6-week summer program will start in early June and end in mid-July and be a mix of classroom instruction, field study, and research. Approved for Biology.

Costa Rica (Monterverde)

CIEE- Monterverde Tropical Ecology & Conservation

Students carry out an independent project in tropical ecology or conservation. Beginning with personal observations, they’ll formulate a hypothesis, design an appropriate test, and gather and analyze data. The project culminates in an oral presentation before researchers and program participants working at the Monteverde Research Station and submitted written reports of the work.  Approved for Biology.

Denmark (Copenhagen)

DIS-Copenhagen: Health & Science Programs

Summer courses usually involve an experiential component.  For instance, pre-med students participate in clinical-related coursework and Arctic Ecology students takea field trip to Greenland. Approved for Biology & EAPS.

France (Lyon)

CPE Lyon International Summer School

Five-week program of practical classes in chemistry and chemical engineering (40 hours) in addition to taking the French language classes (40 hours) and industrial and cultural visits. Approved for CoS.

Germany (Hannover)

Leibniz University Hannover - Summer Science & Engineering Projects

The Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects program allows Purdue science majors to carry out a research internship under the direction of a faculty member at Leibniz University. Students work full-time (36-40 hours per week) in a university research facility.Students produce biweekly reports regarding their research topic and cultural experiences. They complete a technical report near the end of their experience. Approved for CoS.

Germany (Stuttgart)

SUPER at the University of Stuttgart

SUPER is a summer research program designed exclusively for undergraduate and graduate students from Purdue as a partner university of the University of Stuttgart. Due to the supervision involved, the number of places is extremely restricted.  Participating students gain intercultural competence during their research internships and experience student life at a German university.  Approved by Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics.

Possible study fields are:

  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
  • Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy
  • Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering
  • The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart

Approved for Chemistry, Computer Science, Math and Physics.

Ireland (Dublin)

University College Dublin Internship Program

This is a six credit program, three credits for the internship and three credits for the history or business course.  The internship placements are of a very high quality and involve project based meaningful work assignments.  Approved for CoS.

Madagascar

SBU-Madagascar

The Madagascar Study Abroad Program has been running since 1998 as an undergraduate course through Stony Brook University. Courses will be conducted by resident and visiting professors of Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Limnology, Botany, Anthropology, Zoology, and Primatology. Students work alongside Malagasy and foreign students and scientists, and research station staff, with guidance from field course professors. Independent research will contribute to our understanding of Ranomafana National Park and the link between the Park and the people of the region. Approved for Biology.

Nepal

Geoscience in the Himalaya

In this program, students will engage in classic field geologic skill development and innovative inquiry of human-Earth systems. The program focuses on field geoscience, geohazards, and environmental science in the context of human interactions and sustainable development in Nepal.

  • Study how immense mountain ranges form and continually transform.
  • Investigate the hazards and benefits of living in a dynamic natural environment.
  • Conduct field research and acquire proficiency in geologic field techniques.
  • Analyze human interaction with Earth systems.
  • Examine how societal decisions affect the geohazard risks faced by human populations.

Analyze steps for risk reduction that align with sustainable development practices.  Approved for EAPS.

South Korea (Seoul)

Yonsei International Summer School

Students participating in the Yonsei University summer school are eligible to apply to the internship program. The Korea Summer Internship Program offers YISS students direct exposure to global corporate settings in the heart of Seoul, Korea. Taking advantage of Yonsei University’s vast alumni networks and strong ties with business and educational partners, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain professional work experience and to build social networks in some of the world’s leading companies and organizations.  Approved for CoS.

Sweden (Stockholm)

DIS-Stockholm: Health & Science Programs

Summer courses usually involve an experiential component.  For instance, pre-med students participate in clinical-related coursework and Arctic Ecology students takea field trip to Greenland. Approved for Biology 

Tanzania (Tanga)

Education Maymester in Tanzania

- Earn 9 credits in four weeks
- Fulfills CoS requirements for general education sequence and language/culture
- 15 half-days working in local schools
- Three exciting weekend excursions

United Kingdom (London)

Purdue Internship Program

Combines a three-credit unpaid internship with a three-credit academic course over a 7-week period.  Students intern in local institutions related to their major. All departments in the College of Science recognize it as meeting the language and culture requirement of the core curriculum.  Approved for CoS.

Multiple countries

SEA Semester-Summer Program in the Pacific

Students choose the science or the policy track and earn 11 credits total over eight weeks.  Students who choose the science track do a 4-credit directed oceanographic research project. The prereq for that class is three lab science courses (at least one at the 300-level or higher).  Approved for CoS

Multiple countries

SEA Semester – Summer Programs in the Atlantic

Over five weeks, during the Summer I term, students can do the same 4-credit directed oceanographic research project mentioned above (same prereq too).  It is only one class worth four credits.  Approved for CoS

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