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 (June 12, 2020)

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

Options for Fall 2020

If you are currently outside the US, 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).

Option 1: Start your coursework online

You can begin your coursework online, regardless of your degree objective or track. Here are some advantages of this:

  • You may choose to complete the degree online or transfer to campus, subject to visa requirements and university regulations.
  • You can begin the online program part-time or full-time.
  • Our online MSECE program is ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • You can start discussing future research or project options with our graduate office and faculty members right away.
  • You can also start your project-track degree online.

For Fall 2020, we are offering a greatly expanded list of online courses.

Option 2: Defer your admission

You may defer your admission up to one year from your originally admitted term. Choices for students admitted for Fall 2020 include:

  • Spring 2021 (not available for project-track students)
  • Fall 2021

International students may defer a second time due to covid-related reasons

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. 

Important Dates

  • July 15: Survey responses due (see the email you received)
  • August 17: On-campus orientation begins (for students who can arrive on campus; students who begin online will complete online orientations in July and August)
  • August 24: Semester begins

New Student FAQs

If I start online, can I participate in CPT in summer 2021?

No. You must be on campus for two semesters before you are eligible for CPT.

If I start online, can I come to campus as soon as I get a visa?

No, you will need to complete an entire semester online.

If I start online, will Purdue still provide me an I-20?

Purdue will provide you an I-20 correlating to the semester you will arrive on campus.

Once I complete the survey, can I change my selected option?

Yes. You can complete the survey again (we will consider your last response your “official” response) or notify us by email at ecegrad@purdue.edu if your plans change.

What are the next steps?

Once you complete the survey linked in the email you received, we will provide you details on the next steps. If you plan to start online, you will first complete two brief orientations and then register for fall classes.