Information for Exchange Partners

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has prepared this webpage to provide information to its student exchange partners in the hopes that it will be helpful in promoting PNW to and advising your students.  This page will be updated regularly.

Last Update: September 2020

Contact Information

Contact for General Exchange Program Inquiries: exchange@pnw.edu
PNW Contact for Incoming Exchange Students: George Kacenga
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
gkacenga@pnw.edu
Office Address: Purdue University Northwest
Office of Immigration Services
2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323, USA
Office Phone and Fax Numbers: Phone: +1-219-989-2754  Fax: +1-219-989-8302
Informational Websites: International Admissions

English Language Program (ELP)

PNW Website

 

Admission Deadlines, Eligibility Criteria, and Immigration Information

Partner institutions should contact the Director of Education Abroad to confirm exchange spot availability ahead of nomination deadlines.

Period of study: A student may apply for:

  • fall semester (August – December)
  • spring semester (January – May)
  • fall & spring semesters (academic year)

Exchange spots for summer term may be available depending upon the signed exchange agreement on file.

Nomination Deadlines:
Student Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester/Academic Year: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 15
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Good academic standing
  • Evidence of English-Language Proficiency (see below)
Required Documents: The Director of International Admissions will email the online application link to the nominated students and their home coordinator. Please do not mail any admission documents prior to receiving this email. 

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts in English*
  • Official English Test Score*
  • Passport Copy
  • Course Request Form
  • Visa Questionnaire
  • Financial Sponsorship Document

*If the home institution provides the transcript and English test score instead of the student then PNW will accept an unofficial copy.

Immigration Information: Exchange students must have a form DS2019 to apply for the appropriate visa to enter the United States. To receive the DS2019 form, accepted students will:

  • Complete the PNW application process and provide the admission letter
  • Provide proof of financial support documents from your bank in English demonstrating proof of sufficient funds to pay the full costs of the program of study
  • Provide an up-to-date copy of your current and valid passport information page
  • Provide current mailing address, e-mail, and phone number

Additional costs associated with the immigration process to plan for include:

  • Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee for making U.S. Embassy appointment to apply for the J1 visa: $220
  • Visa appointment fee paid to U.S. Embassy where student has the visa appointment. The cost differs between countries; consult the U.S. Embassy in the country where you will apply for your visa
  • It is an immigration requirement for students to provide proof of medical insurance.  The minimum coverage is shown below.  The typical cost for one of the insurance providers our students have used is approximately $40 USD a month for a student aged 25 years or younger.
Insurance Requirements: Students are required to provide proof of medical insurance that meets the following minimum coverage:

  • medical benefits of at least $100,000 per person per accident or illness;
  • repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
  • expenses associated with medical evaluation in the amount of $50,000
  • is offered by an insurance company based or with offices in the United States

International Student Insurance is one company of which PNW is aware of that meets these minimum requirements.

Calendar

The following information is for academic year 2020-2021.

Airport Pick-Up:
  • Fall Semester: August 15 and 16, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 2 and 3, 2020
  • Sign up for airport pick-up by completing the New International Student Arrival Form in the welcome guide.
Residence Hall Check In:
  • Fall Semester: August 15 and 16, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 2 and 3, 2020
Orientation:
  • Fall Semester: August 17-21, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 4-8, 2020
Classes Begin:
  • Fall Semester: August 24, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 11, 2021
Final Exams and Semester Ends:
  • Fall Semester: December 14-19, 2020
  • Spring Semester: May 3-8, 2021

English Language Test Score Requirements

Exchange students should submit documentation from one of the following tests showing the below minimum scores or higher. Note: some programs may require higher scores.
Students wishing to participate in the English Language Pathway Program may consult this page for information on the necessary test scores and application process.

TOEFL (PBT) iBT IELTS EIKEN (Japan Only) TOEIC (Korea Only)
550 or higher 79 or higher 6.5 or higher B1 or higher 751 or higher

Tuition and Other Expenses

Tuition and Fees (single semester):
  • Exchange Students: tuition waived as part of exchange balance
  • Visiting/Fee-Paying Students:
Estimated Other Expenses (books, health insurance – single semester): $2,750
Required Proof of Financial Sponsorship Amount (single semester):
  • ELP & ELP Pathway: US $13,600
  • Undergraduate: US $17,580
  • Graduate: US $14,754

For academic year students, double these amounts.

Accommodation

Campus housing is normally available for international students and students will apply through the PNW student portal once they are admitted to the university.  The approximate cost of room and board is USD $5,500 per semester.  There is also a $200 deposit and $20 application fee paid via the student portal.

Visit PNW’s Housing page for more details on campus housing.

Miscellaneous Information

Arrival Airport: Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Chicago Midway (MDW)
Airport Pick-up Service Free airport pickup is available during designated dates and times.  Check here for additional information.
Immunization Requirements: Students are required to have certain immunizations if they live on campus.  Please refer to PNW’s Housing page for more information.
Ordering PNW Transcripts: Official transcripts may be ordered online via the Registrar’s website.  If the student is no longer a current PNW student, please note that they will have to click on the link to register for a new account.