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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Karyn Comeau
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
ShanghaiChina BMB MolecularBio

Program Overview

The objective of the Biology and BMB: Cellular and Reproductive Biology Summer Program in Shanghai is to promote global program experiences for life science students within the Eberly College of Science.  The courses we offer are designed to enrich students’ understanding and sophistication in molecular cell biology and reproductive systems.  Students will simultaneously have opportunities to interact with Fudan University students and instructors.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

BMB 460 Cell Growth and Differentiation ( 3 credits)

Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose, PSU Department of BMB

Dr. Hong Ma, PSU Department of Biology and Dean of College of Life Sciences, Fudan University

Cell Growth and Differentiation is a unique course that uses the primary literature to teach significant content in advanced cell biology while simultaneously exposing students to the scientific craft of experimental design and analysis.  In addition to exploring historical and current cell biology research articles, students will develop two vital scientific skills; critical thinking as applied to experimental data and creative thinking about solving unresolved questions in cell biology.

Specific course topics will include:

  • Cells in their social context: Signaling in metastasis and tumor progression
  • Cell-cell signaling: Growth factor signaling in differentiation
  • Stem Cells: Development Reprogramming and iPSCs and Cancer

The course can be used to fulfill major requirements in BIOL and BMB.

All interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Wendy Hanna-Rose to learn more about the program.

This summer program is taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, one of the top universities in China, this summer program allows students to learn the course content while experiencing Chinese culture through organized activities and interaction with Chinese students in and out of the classroom. The program will consist of classroom discussions, lectures, laboratory visits at Fudan University and organized group trips to cultural sites in Shanghai and Beijing, including museums, historical sites and shows.
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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:

BMB 251 and BMB 252 or BIOL 230W and BIOL 240W


Housing and Meals

You will reside in student apartments with access to a private room, shared bath and a meal plan. Housing is provided.  Students will be responsible for paying for their meals while in China.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

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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

For more information about programs 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

For academic questions, please contact Wendy Hanna-Rose or Eberly College of Science Education Abroad Office. To learn more about the specifics of the program, schedule an appointment with Karyn Comeau, the education abroad adviser for the program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

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
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

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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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 05/13/2017 06/12/2017
NOTE: The start date of May 13, indicates the day students must arrive in Shanghai

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