Located in Dalian, a beautiful coastal city in the Liaoning province of northeastern China, Dalian University of Technology is one of the top national universities in China. Dalian University of Technology was founded in 1949 with a focus on engineering. Since then, the University has developed programs in applied science, economic management, and humanities.
Due to Dalian University of Technology's excellence in engineering, energy and environment research, Penn State has established close ties with Dalian through collaborative research efforts and the development of the Joint Center for Energy Research which facilitates research ventures in technology and energy sciences.
In this summer program the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has partnered with Dalian University of Technology to produce this six-week program focusing on how China, the second largest economy in the world, is dealing with the energy and environmental challenges caused by the growth of the Chinese economy. Course work will discuss energy and environmental policy and business in China. The program is open to Penn State students (including Chinese nationals) in all majors.
Penn State students will select two courses from a list of courses focusing on energy, business, environmental policy in China and Chinese language. Some extracurricular activities include tours of Dalian and neighboring cities and visits to both domestic and foreign-invested enterprises in Dalian. Dalian is one of the most economically open and dynamic cities in China and one of the hubs for foreign investment by Japanese, South Korean, and multi-national companies. Review the Dalian University of Technology program details on the Energy Business and Finance webpage for further information.
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"The program was very positive for me. I enjoyed experiencing Chinese culture firsthand and meeting the students and teachers of Dalian, who were all friendly and interesting." --Michael Wu, summer 2015
"My trip to Dalian was a great experience. I really enjoyed living in a different culture and learning a little bit more and more each day about how China lives and runs. The program was set up well and we were taken great care of. I also loved eating Chinese food 3 meals a day!" --Matthew Ikenberry, summer 2015
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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. 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.
Students must select two of the following three courses for a total of six credits:
- Overview of the Chinese Economy (3 credits): The modern Chinese economy consists of a unique combination of state control, state enterprises, and free market entrepreneurship. This course examines how these segments of the economy work together and how they have generated substantial economic growth for China. Transfers back to Penn State as EBF 499.
- Chinese Energy and Environment Policy and Management (3 credits): China faces great challenges supplying energy for its growing economy, as well as issues of energy security. Moreover, with economic growth come increased concerns about pollution and other environmental issues. This course examines the Chinese energy and environment regulatory frameworks, how they have acted to increase energy production and protect the environment in China, and the economic and business implications of these policies. Transfers back to Penn State as EBF 499.
- Chinese Language Courses (3 credits): Various courses in Chinese listening, speaking, reading or writing. Elementary, intermediate and advanced levels available. Transfers back to Penn State as CHNS 199, CHNS 299 or CHNS 499 (depending on the language level taken).
The courses "Overview of Chinese Economy" and "Chinese Energy and Environment Policy and Management" have two components: classroom study and an internship in the Dalian subsidiary of China Natural Petroleum Corporation.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Penn State students will be housed in dormitories with other international students arranged by the International Student Recruitment Office at Dalian. Students will have access to a public kitchen if they wish to prepare their own meals, or they can eat at dining halls on campus. The approximate daily food cost is 20-40RMB (less than USD$7). Students will have access to the Internet.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the summer budget sheet. The budget sheet includes 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.
Scholarships are available through the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering as well as from Dalian University of Technology. A scholarship in the amount of $6,500 is available with special thanks to the Brents Endowment at Energy and Mineral Engineering. In addition, Dalian University of Technology will graciously offer a $1,000 scholarship for each student.
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.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. You may also contact Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Ecomonics Zhen Lei, who oversees the academic dimension of 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:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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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