Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education


The Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) is Purdue’s premier international work experience program. It provides a one of a kind opportunity to integrate language study, study abroad, cultural training, domestic and international work/research experiences, and global design team projects into the 4-year Engineering curriculum. Students completing the program will earn a Global Engineering Studies Minor while enhancing the intercultural competencies necessary to be effective leaders within the global work environment.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 12 credits of a foreign language prior to the international experience
  • Attend 5 mandatory meetings during the sophomore year
  • Complete one domestic internship or research experience (minimum 12 weeks)
    • International students may complete domestic internship/research experience in their home country or the U.S.
  • 3 one-credit cultural orientation seminars (ENGR 297 prior to international experience, ENGR 397 while abroad, ENGR497 after return to the U.S.).
  • One semester of study abroad
  • An international internship or research experience (minimum 10-12 weeks)
    • International students may complete international internship/research experience in the U.S. or in another country.
  • A global design team project
  • GEARE poster presentation (Assignment within ENGR 497)

GEARE Student Policy Statement


  • Must be in the College of Engineering
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Ability to complete 12 credits of a foreign language prior to the international experience



The overall cost of the GEARE program is $800. Students are required to register for an internship course during their GEARE domestic and GEARE global internship. The cost of the course is $400. Students will receive compensation from their internship employers, which will help to offset the cost for the courses. Compensation for global internships may vary depending on the country and type of internship.

Students study abroad at Purdue student exchange partner universities. They pay their normal tuition and fees to Purdue during the semester abroad. The cost of living at most partner universities is equal or less than living on campus at Purdue.

Purdue students who have completed FAFSA are eligible for up to $2,000 in Purdue Moves Scholarships. All GEARE students who study abroad are required to take ENGR 39700. Students completing the course will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the study abroad office. The Office of Professional Practice offers travel assistance grants to help students offset cost of living expenses while completing global internships.  Click here to apply Global Travel Assistance Grants

Additional study abroad scholarship opportunities are available from Colleges, Schools, and Programs across Purdue and from other organizations outside of Purdue.

Application and Deadlines


The GEARE schedule is designed to receive applications during the first year, but can accommodate students with language qualifications applying during the sophomore year.

  • February 28th for first year students
  • September 30th for sophomore students (to be eligible, sophomore students must have earned or tested out of at least 3 credits of a foreign language)

To apply, please complete the GEARE application. Students should be prepared to provde their transcript, resume, and application essay. Please email the application packet to Tina Alsup on February 28, 2019 by 4:30 PM. Applications will be reviewed by the GEARE faculty coordinator within the student's discipline. GEARE coordinators may ask to interview students as part of the review process. Students will be notifed about the result of their applications approximately one month after the application deadline. 

Application Essay

The application essay should be 1-2 pages in length. The essay should describe your motivation for studying and working abroad. The essay should be well written and specify the reasons for choosing your particular program. In addition, you should describe yourself, your academic experience, your goals and how you hope to incorporate your study and work abroad experience into your future plans. Be aware that not only will the selection committee at Purdue read this essay, but it will also be forwarded to the host institution/program sponsor, as well.

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