Experiential Education Office of the Provost

Purdue University in Indianapolis Students

Welcome to Purdue University in Indianapolis! As a Purdue student, you have access to courses, programs, events and more that have been traditionally only offered in West Lafayette, but are now offered at our new Indianapolis location.

Experiential Education Opportunities in Indianapolis

Client-based applied projects

All first year engineering students will be required to take one of two experiential education courses that will design client-based applied projects. These courses are EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) or VIP (Vertically Integrated Projects). While these courses are required for incoming first year students, the project teams can include sophomores, juniors and seniors. These programs are open to all students who can use them as substitutes for disciplinary electives. These projects work best when students from different majors bring their unique perspectives and skills to the team. Both EPICS and VIP can be conduits to additional experiential education, such as global education and undergraduate research.

Internships or Co-ops

Meaningful work-integrated learning experience prior to graduation can lead to more job offers and a higher starting salary for students. Students are encouraged to participate in the course ENGR 103: Intro to Professional Practice, offered by the Office of Professional Practice, to ensure success in securing a high impact work-integrated learning experience.

Undergraduate Research

Discover first-hand how research contributes to the advancement of human knowledge. Experience a change of pace from formal classroom activities and gain skills applicable to both research and non-research careers. Studies show that students who engage in research are more likely to graduate, more likely to go on to graduate school, and have more successful careers after graduation. Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Study Abroad

Cultural humility and global experience increase your marketability in an increasingly intercultural job market. Check out the amazing options with Study Abroad.

For more information about all types of Experiential Education at Purdue University, visit About Experiential Education.