Design is a fundamental engineering activity. In this study abroad opportunity, students will receive training and experiences in two areas: 1) The practice of design with international collaborators and in international environments and 2) Conducting design for global markets. This program takes place at the National University of Singapore, the #12 Engineering University in the world (Times Higher Education, 2012-2013). Penn State participants will join students from the US, China, Singapore, India, and others. In addition to attending lecture and participating in field trips, students will complete assignments and a team-based design project.
Singapore is an important global economy and a gateway to Asia. As such, many of the world's leading companies have a presence there. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to visit the design studios and manufacturing operations of some of these companies to learn how the principles taught in class are practiced in industry.
In Singapore, English is the national language, but most of its citizens are at least bi-lingual. The country is very safe and provides a great atmosphere for learning and experiencing Asian culture. The food is amazing, with cuisine from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and India. Since participants will complete many of the class activities as part of multi-cultural teams, students will have the opportunity to interact with diverse groups of people. While the formal training will be focused primarily on engineering, there will also be a number of opportunities to learn about culture in the area, including how culture affects design and our perception of it.
Singapore places great emphasis on design. From architecture to the experiences of passengers at the airport, everything is viewed as an opportunity to make things better. There are even commercials before movies urging citizens to practice better design. It is an ideal environment in which to learn global product development.
The program begins and ends in Singapore. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements, enabling departure from the most convenient (and inexpensive) airport. Given Singapore's location, many students elect to spend some time exploring Southeast Asia after the program has ended.
Housing and Meals
Students will be staying in the University Town dormitories at the National University of Singapore. The program costs include housing. Food is not covered. For planning purposes, food costs per day start at ~$10.
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
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 the faculty leader on the program, Dr. Matthew Parkinson. To learn more about the specifics of the program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this 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:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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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