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China Beijing BIOL of Cancer

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Program Dates: 7/3-7/20/2019
(Start dates mark arrival in host country. End dates mark departure from program housing.)

Experience all Beijing has to offer, expand your mind, and broaden your horizons in the "Northern Capital", all while continuing your Biology studies! In this program, Penn State students will take a Biology course side-by-side with local students from the world-renowned Peking University, often heralded as the Harvard of China.  In addition to lectures and group discussions, students will take field trips to historic and cultural attractions, including the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall, and enjoy guest lectures from established PKU faculty. Students can expect to gain unique and first-hand experiences and knowledge about biological research in China today, Chinese culture, and people.

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Education Abroad Credits

All students will take:

 BIOL 416: the Biology of Cancer (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai

Dr. Lai Beijing BioThis course will covers selected topics in cancer biology as well as cell and developmental biology. A major goal is to understand molecular and genetic mechanisms important for animal development and tumorigenesis, production and formation of tumors. Penn State students will take this course together with local students from the prestigious Peking University (PKU).

PKU is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in western Beijing, with a total area of 670 acres. It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace. Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). 

The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines. Thus, Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. 

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Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.

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. 



Suggested (but not required) prerequisite courses for this program are BIOL 230 or BMB 251/252. This program is open to any Penn State campus that offers biology courses. Eberly College of Science students studying the life sciences (Biology and BMB departments), and students looking to go into health professions are also encouraged to apply. If you have any questions about the content of the course or the suggested prerequisites, please contact faculty leader Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in a hotel close to campus, the Xihua Hotel, for the duration of the program. Students will receive a card with a meal plan giving them access to PKU campus dining halls.

Program Costs

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.


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 more information, please contact Zhi-Chun Lai in the Department of Biology. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

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

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 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 07/03/2019 07/20/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.