Purdue University Northwest – Hammond & Westville, Indiana

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. It offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 11,000 students.

The university has two campuses, the main residential campus in Hammond is located 25 miles from downtown Chicago, and the smaller Westville campus. The Hammond campus includes 17 academic and recreational buildings, a fitness center,  student housing facilities and is the home  of Purdue Northwest baseball, softball, soccer and tennis.

Programmes of study

PNW offers a range of programmes of study across six schools, which include Business, Engineering and Sciences, Humanities and Technology. Full details of the majors on offer can be found on the PNW website. Students studying Nursing and Midwifery are not eligible to apply, as PNW are unable to accept exchange students on their programmes.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at PNW.

Travel & accommodation

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet US visa requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in America, and students are required to purchase medical insurance while attending PNW .


Living costs in the US tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and USA: