Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked most about IUPUI.
What is IUPUI?
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is Indiana’s premier urban public research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with our downtown Indianapolis location, we offer students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University or Purdue University while enjoying all the benefits of city life.
Will I earn an IUPUI degree?
No. You will earn an IU or Purdue degree. If your major is an IU program, like Management or Finance, then your degree is granted by IU and your diploma will say Indiana University on it. Similarly Purdue programs, like Motorsports Engineering or Biology will grant a Purdue University degree and diploma.
How much will my education cost?
Most international students are considered “non-residents” for tuition purposes and pay an out-of-state rate. See the total cost of attendance here. If you are an international student and currently live in Indiana, you may qualify as a “resident” if you meet certain requirements. Learn more.
What financial aid is available to first year international students?
We offer both merit-based and competitive admissions based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your high school grades and external exam scores (SAT & TOEFL/IELTS). You are automatically considered for these scholarships when you apply. Competitive scholarships are available to students who apply for the Honors College. Learn more.
What financial aid is available to transfer international students?
Transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your college/university grades. You are automatically considered for these scholarships when you apply. Learn more.
How do I apply for scholarships?
You are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply. Learn more.
Competitive scholarships are available to students who apply for the Honors College. This is a separate application that must be submitted by November 15, in addition to your application to IUPUI. Learn more.
What is the Honors College?
The Honors College is a program high-achieving students can apply to in addition to their major. Honors College students love to learn and want additional challenges and opportunities, like academic research with faculty, smaller and more rigorous classes, study abroad, and community based projects. In addition to these opportunities, Honors students get the added support of special advising and additional scholarships, up to the full cost of tuition! Learn more.
Can I double major? Can I add a minor?
Yes! Some majors are easy to combine because some of your coursework will count toward both majors or your major/minor, such as Computer Science and Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Other combinations may require more careful planning, because there is less overlap between the two programs, such as Actuarial Science and Painting. Contact us to learn more.
Can I do an internship?
Yes! Each school has career services to provide support in writing resumes, finding and applying for internships. Learn more.
Can I get a part-time job?
Most students are eligible to work while they are going to school. However, if you are in the United States on a student visa, there are some restrictions. Learn more.
Can I do research as part of my program?
Yes! IUPUI offers mentored research opportunities in any undergraduate program. Learn more.
Can I study abroad?
Yes! More than 250 programs in 17 languages and 52 countries are available. No matter your major, there is a study abroad option for you. Learn more.
What else can I do on campus, outside of class?
There are loads of opportunities to get involved on campus! Join one of 450+ clubs, check out events on campus, volunteer on an alternative spring break, and more. Learn more.
What is Indianapolis like?
Indianapolis, or “Indy”, is a mid-sized city and the capital of Indiana. Being mid-sized means that costs are lower, there is less traffic, but we still have lots to do! From our convenient downtown campus location, you have access to professional sports, museums, shopping, dining, parks and more. Learn more about things to do in Indy. Due to our geographic location, we also enjoy all four seasons. Learn more about weather.
Is on-campus housing available?
Yes, we have traditional dorm rooms, apartment style units, and living-learning communities, in which you live with students who have a shared interest (like academic or cultural). However, housing is limited. Therefore it is important to apply for housing before March 15 to ensure you have a spot. Learn more.
Where do I get basic necessities like groceries?
There is a grocery store less than a mile from the campus center and international grocery stores are a short drive away. There are also apps that provide delivery service from several area supermarkets and pharmacies.