Students will begin their studies at the University of Hong Kong in an architectural design studio and an architectural history course. Hong Kong offers the opportunity to explore the developments in the Pearl River Delta area. Students will then visit Shanghai for a few days to meet with various US firms and businesses involved in development projects.
For the final four weeks of the program, students will return to Hong Kong to continue their architectural design studio and an architectural history coursework.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
ARCH 499 (4 credits)
Architecture design studio with an urban and sustainable emphasis. This course can be substituted for one of the 4th year courses. Taught in Hong Kong.
AE 496 (3 credits)
International Construction Seminar. Construction practices with a concentration on the China market. Satisfies the requirement of an undergraduate department elective. Taught at Tsinghua University's Summer School for International Construction in Bejing.
AE 496 (2 credits)
Study of Urbanization in China. Chinese history, culture and architecture of the past 200 years. Taught in Hong Kong.
AE 496 (3 credits)
Building Project Case Studies. Project Development in the Pearl River Delta stressing the economics of project development and sustainable project development.Moses Ling will be the instructor and faculty leader for the program.
Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.The AE China Summer Program is designed for Architectural Engineering students having completed at least the second year of the AE program, in particular, prospective candidates for the AE Integrated BAE/MAE or BAE/MS program.
- Students must have taken taken one year of Design Studio and have a basic understanding of the building industry (AE202, AE221, AE222).
Students will live in university dorms in Beijing and Hong Kong. Potential visits to other China cities will entail a stay in a hotel. Some meals are included in the program fee while other meals will be the responsibility of the student. Refer to the budget sheet for an estimated cost for meals not covered by the program fee.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheets for the Summer semester. 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.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. The faculty leader for this program is Dr. Moses Ling, Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering and the faculty leader for this summer program.
For the inside scoop on life the academic and cultural life on this program, be sure to check out the A E China Summer Blog and Penn State Students' Student Spotlight.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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