COVID-19 Updates for Graduate Students

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation, please refer to the following resources:

International Student Updates (April 3, 2020)

If you have additional questions after reviewing the information below, please contact us at ecegrad@purdue.edu.  


If you are currently in the United States

If you plan to attend graduate school at Purdue for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, we recommend that you do not leave the country. The State Department is currently advising that you will not get a visa to travel back to the U.S. in August.

If you are currently outside the United States

You most likely will not get your visa in time for the fall semester. Do not panic. Below are options for you to consider (if you have already secured commitment from a faculty member to serve as your major professor, we recommend that you discuss options with him or her first).


You can defer your admission

You are allowed to defer your admission once and up to one year from your originally admitted term. For example, if you are admitted to Fall 2020, you can defer your admission to Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021. Deferment beyond Fall 2021 requires you to re-apply to the graduate school.

If you want to defer, accept your offer of admission from the Purdue Graduate School and send your deferral request via email to Debra Bowman (dbowman1@purdue.edu).


If you do not want to defer your admission

MS Students

We can switch you to our online MS program and then you can take courses online. Once you can come to campus, we will switch you back to the on-campus MS program. This option will allow you to complete your degree on time. We will provide you online course availability and registration information in the near future.

PhD Students

You may begin taking courses from your home country in the Fall 2020 semester. We will provide you online course availability and registration information in the near future.


Information for Funded Students

Fellowship Offers

If you have received a fellowship offer from Purdue ECE but can’t come to campus, we can defer your funding offer to your new start date, no later than Fall 2021. We can’t provide you a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S.  

Research Assistant Offers

If you have received a research assistant (RA) offer from Purdue ECE but can’t come to campus, it is likely we can defer your funding offer to your new start date. Please contact the professor who made the RA offer. We can’t provide you a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S.  

Teaching Assistant Offers

If you have received a teaching assistant offer from Purdue ECE but can’t come to campus, we can hold your funding offer to Spring 2021 semester. We can’t provide you a salary or stipend while you are outside of the U.S.