Going Global! is an initiative of the International Programs Office (IPO) at Purdue University Northwest aimed at encouraging cultural exchange and keeping our international population involved on campus and in the greater community. We offer a variety of cultural, educational, service and social programming on and off campus, for Americans and international students alike, whereby international students will enhance their American educational experience, make friends, and contribute to the globalization of Purdue Northwest and the surrounding community.
The possibilities are endless with Going Global! Are you an international student looking to make friends with an American student or family, or an American interested in become a volunteer “host friend” for an international student? Take a look at our Global Exchange Friendship Program. If you have a special interest in assisting our staff and working with international students, then you are invited to become an iPal and volunteer in an official capacity for our office. Want to explore different tastes, languages and cultures of the world without having to leave campus? Be sure to visit one of our weekly International Night events. Are you an international student or scholar interested in experiencing a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, or are you a local family who has an extra seat or two at the dinner table for a meal you’ll never forget? Open up your home and heart and host student(s) through our Thanksgiving Exchange Program! Want to help IPO celebrate and promote the importance and benefits of international education and exchange worldwide? Join us during our annual commemoration of International Education Week!
The opportunities abound with Going Global! for international students and Americans alike to build everlasting connections and for students to make the college experience a positive and life-changing adventure. Be sure to check out each of the Going Global! programs below for additional details.
The Global Exchange Friendship Program invites Purdue Northwest domestic students, alumni, and staff, as well as local community members, to open their hearts and homes to international students attending Purdue Northwest. This program helps ease the transition into American culture for international students and encourages cross-cultural exchange through friendships. American and international participants are asked to get together at least once a week throughout the semester(s) (or the length of an international student’s visit, if just a few weeks) for coffee, lunch, movies, shopping, an IPO-sponsored or other campus-wide event, etc. The possibilities are endless! (Please note: This is not a homestay program, and there are no financial obligations for participants).
International students (including short-term, visiting, exchange, ELP, degree-seeking) and Americans alike are able to apply year-round to participate in this program, with preference for the weeks leading up to new semesters. The GEFP runs continuously rather than annually, but friendships are certainly welcome to last forever! The currently-running iPal Volunteer Program continues to recruit volunteers for other purposes that are not buddy-related. You can certainly volunteer for both! Click the link above for the GEFP program page and links to the applications for both international students and volunteer buddies!
Purdue Northwest students, faculty, staff, and local community members invited to volunteer with IPO for the unique opportunity to participate in cross-cultural programs and work with international students. Volunteer opportunities include: Arrival and Orientation Programs (airport pick-ups, campus tours, shopping trips, orientation itself); On-Campus Programming (Global Groove, Halloween Party, International Nights, special events, etc.); and English Language Program Field Trips (helping chaperone our weekly adventures throughout Chicagoland). International students are also welcome to apply to serve as volunteers!
Please Note: The iPal Program recruit volunteers for purposes that are not friendship buddy-related (please see GEFP above, if you want to be a buddy).
Add a dash of cultural exchange to your holiday tradition! International Programs is excited to connect international students and scholars with local community members and families to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving holiday together. For our international students/scholars, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the Thanksgiving holiday with a local family, learn about American culture, and take part in holiday traditions. For hosts, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share your holiday table and traditions with an international student or scholar from PNW. Whether you are a family of one, or a house full of families, we invite PNW students, faculty/staff, alumni, and members of the greater Northwest Indiana community to take part in this program. Applications for both sides of this exchange are open every October/November!
One of our most popular ongoing programs is International Night, which invites members of the Purdue Northwest and surrounding communities to explore different countries, cultures, and language in an informal setting with coffee, tea, and snacks from around the world. If you would like to feature your country for a particular month, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Check out our Facebook page and the bulletin board outside of CLO 176 to stay up-to-date about the latest country/culture we will be featuring.
International Education Week
A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity once a year to celebrate and promote the importance and benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. In celebration of IEW (which takes place every November), IPO offers special programs encouraging the Purdue Northwest community to expand its horizons and explore new cultures right here on campus. To learn more about this global initiative, visit the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
Other seasonal programs…
Would you like to learn about American culture and the world around you? Practice English and other foreign languages? Chat about interesting topics while enjoying free snacks and refreshments? Then you should definitely check out some of our newest programs, added every semester! Led by our very own Global Ambassadors and Assistants, each of these new and exciting programs are designed to bring international and American students together to improve language skills and facilitate cultural exchange. All programs are also open to all students, families, friends . . . anyone interested in learning about other cultures! Check out our Facebook page and the bulletin board outside of CLO 176 to stay up-to-date on the dates, times and locations for our newest offerings of daily events. Past programs have included: Coffee Corner, Mix & Mingle Mondays, Chit Chat Thursdays, World on Wednesdays, and American Culture 101.