- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Rising Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
This program is designed to give students an overview about the impact of culture on engineering, engineering design and manufacturing in China. Students will travel to Beijing, Dalian, Xian, Yichang, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Suzhou, Shanghai, and more places, and be exposed to the concepts through on-site visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the Three Gorges Dam Project Site, the five-step ship locks in Yichang, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, the Shanghai Disney Resort integrated with so much Chinese culture, the second longest bay bridge in the world in Hangzhou, plus many more other projects at other locations.
Students will be immersed in Chinese culture to enhance their learning and to gain understanding of Chinese culture and traditions, and what roles they have played in engineering. This will be accomplished through guest presentations, field trips to the engineering project sites, video documentaries, etc. Students will travel by air, sleeper train, high speed train, cruise ship, and bus to gain experiences with the transportation systems in China. Students will also be required to document all the activities they participate in while in China. Through this course, students will be exposed to living examples of how engineering and engineering design can be affected by factors such as culture and not just by pure design considerations. Students will be visiting both American and Chinese companies in China to understand the current challenges and scope of globalization. Students will also be visiting some Chinese elementary/high schools and universities, and have some social events with their students to understand the education system in China and its difference from that in the United States.
Watch a video created by the Summer 2015 Cultural Impact Program or visit the department website for more information.
Summer: May 10 - June 7, 2020
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.
Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.
After the Start of the Program
For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.