Independent Study Abroad

Program Details

Program Location Varies, Multiple Countries
Sponsor Unsponsored
Program Type Independent Study
Course # SA 00000
Duration Summer or
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/19/24 to 12/14/24
Multiple Countries Map
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Independent Study Abroad refers to students participating in non-Purdue-approved study abroad programs.

Students on Independent Study Abroad pay the program organizers directly, will get transfer credits for courses taken overseas, are not eligible for financial aid, including student loans, and will deal directly with the program organizers and not the Purdue Study Abroad Office. If a student does Independent Study Abraod for a semester or a year, he or she will have to withdraw from Purdue University and reapply to the university on his or her return.

To get transfer credits for courses taken on Independent Study Abroad, please see the transfer credit evaluator at the Purdue Admissions Office.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Transfer Credit available from the following: no college or school listed

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Summer Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email