WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University is shelling out thousands for students to study abroad. It's one of President Mitch Daniels' new initiatives to increase the number of students who take part in international programs.
"Where would you like to go?" News 18 asked. Benaiah Hovee replied, "Japan."
"Maybe like Mexico or like Spain," said Jasmine Miles.
"Australia," said Thomas Bardabelias, Construction Engineering and Management major.
The opportunities seem endless for Purdue students to study abroad all across the world. That's why Purdue will be helping students pay for it.
"It's great for their personal growth, but increasingly employers are valuing it more," said Suresh Garimella, Chief Global Affairs Officer.
Garimella said right now, only 19 percent of students participate in an international program. He said starting in the spring semester, Purdue will encourage semester-long programs that provide course credit. He said for students who go over seas for a semester or longer, the university will offer $3,000. Purdue will offer $1,000 to students who participate in shorter programs, like a Maymester or summer program.
Getting more students to study abroad is one of President Mitch Daniels' ten new initiatives he announced two weeks ago.
"It's just an important part of modern education and we could do a little better job of making it available to more Boilermakers," said Daniels.
Bardabelias is studying abroad and doing an internship in Australia next semester. He said the timing couldn't be more perfect.
"$3,000 could easily be plane ticket, cost of living, just some extra money to spend and be able to experience out there," said Bardabelias.
And the financial help could open doors for other students who have been wanting to study abroad.
"I'm like going to talk to my parents about that now, since I know that," said Miles.
"Actually, that's something I was looking into today," said Hovee.
Garimella said the university will use internal resources to help pay the students for the first couple of years. He said it should be a good enough program that eventually friends of Purdue will want to help fund it.
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