What will happen to international students who are unable to return home due to travel restrictions?

The provost’s office is working on plans for international students who may not be able to return to their home country in the summer. Efforts include housing and accommodating those who wish to take courses on campus if they unexpectedly need to stay in West Lafayette.

The following information may be of use:

Summer courses

Purdue is offering more than 700 different classes this summer to help students speed time to graduation. We encourage impacted students to talk with their academic advisor about summer options prior to registering. Open registration for Summer 2020 began on March 2.

Study away in the United States

Students with a 3.00 or higher GPA are eligible to earn 3 credit hours for studying away at any location across the United States by enrolling in HONR 29900: Exploring Space. Every accepted student will receive a $1,000 Summer Internship Plus Scholarship to help with tuition and fees. 

Undergraduate research

Students are encouraged to speak with advisors and faculty if they are interested in undergraduate research.  OUR Scholars and Summer Stay provide opportunities for summer tuition assistance alongside an on-campus research experience.


EPICS is a service-learning program in which teams of students partner with community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. Multiple projects are available for Summer 2020.

Summer housing options

Multiple housing contracts are available for students who need to stay on campus over the summer. Summer housing options can be viewed on the University Residences website. Questions about on-campus summer housing should be directed to ursummerhousing@purdue.edu.

Visa considerations

If you are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for Spring 2020 and you will enroll for Fall 2020, you may complete any combination of online or on-campus courses during Summer 2020.

If you are graduating in May or August, or have questions about how summer classes may impact your visa, please contact International Students and Scholars at 765-494-5770 or email ISS@purdue.edu.