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Prospective Students

Thank you for applying to join the GEARE program!

Cycle 2 applications are closed for the Cohort of 2025.
lease check back in: 
- February 2024 for cycle 1 for the Cohort of 2026.
- September
 2024 for cycle 2 for the Cohort of 2026.


Application Requirements:

  • Complete the GEARE application

  • Academic Transcript

  • Resume

  • Application Essay


There are two main Application cycles for the program:

  • Cycle 1

    • Open for 2nd Semester First-Year Engineering students

    • Open from 1st February – 28th February

    • Will be notified about program acceptance during the first week of April

  • Cycle 2

    • Open for 1st Semester Sophomore Engineering students

    • Open from 1st September – 30th September

    • Will be notified about program acceptance prior to November 1st 

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During the application cycle, students should enter the OPP opportunities database and select student login. Students can use their career account credentials to log in. Once in the database, students should select Surveys from the left sidebar, then click on the GEARE application survey box in the center of the screen. All areas of the survey should be completed, and the resume and transcript uploaded for the application to be considered fully submitted.


At All Times

  • Student in the College of Engineering

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Prior to Departure

  • 12 credits of foreign language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency

  • Attend 5 mandatory seminars

  • Complete one domestic internship

  • Orientation seminar ENGR 297


While Abroad

  • International internship or research experience (minimum 10-12 weeks)

  • One semester of study abroad

  • Orientation Seminar ENGR 397


Upon Return

  • Orientation seminar ENGR 497

  • Present study abroad & work experience at GEARE Poster Symposium to underclassmen

  • Global Design Team Project

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Co-op + GEARE Schedule​
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  • For most study abroads, students pay standard Purdue tuition as if they were on on-campus.

  • $800 is required to be part of the GEARE program.

  • GEARE is a cost neutral program when considering scholarships and internship salaries.


Students are strongly encouraged to apply for grants/scholarships wherever they can. Below are grants currently available​.

Global Living Assistance

Purdue MOVES Scholarship 

  • Scholarship offered by the Purdue Study Abroad Office, to fund your activities during your study abroad/global internship.


  • Scholarship through the Office of the Dean of International Programs that allows you to fund your activities during study abroad while completing an intercultural learning course. 

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