International Programs

Going Global!

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Going Global! is an initiative of the International Programs Office (IPO) at Purdue University Calumet 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 Calumet and the surrounding community.

The possibilities are endless with Going Global!  Looking to make friends with an American family, or to become a volunteer “host friend” for an international student?  Take a look at our Global Exchange Friendship Program.  Interested in sharing your culture and language with Americans, young and old alike, throughout Northwest Indiana?  Sign up to become an International Student Ambassador.  Would you like to educate others about current events in your home country or about your culture during a special time of year?  Sign up to give a presentation at one of our weekly World On Wednesday (WOW!) sessions.  Want to explore different tastes, languages and cultures of the world without having to leave campus?  Be sure to visit one of our weekly Chit Chat Thursday events. And if you have a special interest in assisting our staff and working with international students, then you are invited to become an IPO Volunteer.  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:

World on Wednesdays (WOW)

World on Wednesdays (WOW) is a weekly forum for student, staff, and faculty-led presentations (informal conversations), featuring a different topic of global interest each week.  All are welcome to participate as presenters, guest lecturers and conversation leaders, or to attend as audience members.  We are currently seeking presenters for Spring 2016, so please consider submitting a proposal soon!

Chit Chat Thursdays

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 Chit Chat Thursdays!  This weekly program (every Thursday from 5-6pm) led by our very own IPO Mentors is designed to bring international and American students together to improve language skills and facilitate cultural exchange.  Chit Chat Thursdays are also open to all students, families, friends . . .  anyone interested in learning about other cultures!

Global Exchange Friendship Program

The Global Exchange Friendship Program invites PUC students, alumni, and staff, as well as local community members, to open their hearts and homes to international students attending Purdue Calumet.  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 per month throughout the school year 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).

IPO Volunteers

PUC students, 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: Airport Pick-Ups and New International Student Orientation, field trips and on-campus events, cultural presentations, and host friendships.

International Thanksgiving Exchange Program

Do you have a passion for international cultures?  Want to make new friends and have a Thanksgiving you will never forget?  Have an extra seat or two at the dinner table?  As a typical part of American culture, many international students have never celebrated Thanksgiving and would love to experience this wonderful tradition.  Join the International Thanksgiving Exchange Program and host a student this year!  Members of the PUC and surrounding communities can apply to open up their homes and hearts, and be matched with international students for Thanksgiving holiday celebrations and festivities.  The application for November 2016’s Thanksgiving holiday will open in early October 2016, so stay tuned!

International Education Week

A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, 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 2015 (November 16th-20th, 2015), IPO offered special programs encouraging the PUC 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 [Opens in New Window].  For how IPO commemorated this special week in November 2015, check out our flyer: IEW 2015 FLYER

International Student (And Cultural) Ambassador Program

The International Student (And Cultural) Ambassador Program sends international students in groups out in the community – to schools, businesses, churches, bookstores, community centers, civic organizations, and more – to share information about their countries and cultures.  Through presentations, demonstrations, question/answer sessions, display tables (at festivals), etc., international students are able to serve as ambassadors for their countries.  Covered topics may include but are not limited to: daily life, family life, school, holidays, arts and crafts, geography, history, government, politics, economics, impressions of U.S., music, clothes/fashion, religion, telling stories, business practices, food/cooking, and basic foreign language lessons.

International Coffee Corner – (Stay Tuned!)

Each month the International Programs Office hosts International Coffee Corner, which invites members of the PUC and surrounding communities to explore different countries, cultures, and language in an informal setting with coffee, tea, and snacks from around the world.

IPO Passport Program

American and international students alike are invited to participate in the IPO Passport Program and earn rewards for participating in IPO-sponsored events and activities.  IPO Passports are available in CLO 176 during the Fall and Spring semesters.


If you would like more information or wish to join one or more of these programs, please visit us in the International Programs Office, CLO 176.  You may also reach us by email.  Write to the Global Ambassadors at, the International Programming Assistant at, or to the International Programming Director at