This program is designed to give students an overview about the impact of history, culture, and environment on engineering design structures and manufacturing in China. Students will travel to Beijing, Chongqing, Yichang, Xian, Dalian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hungshan and be exposed to the concepts through on-site visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the Three Gorges Dam Project Site and the five-step ship locks in Yichang, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian the Dongtan Eco-city Project in Shanghai, the longest bay bridge in the world in Hangzhou, and many other projects at other locations.
Students will be immersed in Chinese culture to enhance their learning and to gain understanding of Chinese culture and traditions, and what roles they have placed in engineering designs. This will be accomplished through guest speakers, field trips to the engineering project sites, and some video documents. Students will travel by air, train, cruise ship, and bus to gain experience with the transportation systems in China. Students will also be required to document all the activities they have while in China. Through this course, students will be exposed to an example of how engineering design can be affected by many factors and not just by pure design considerations.
Students will receive 3 credits for the ENGR 118 Impact of Culture on Engineering in China course.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive 3 credits for the course and the grade from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any course overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. To see how the course on this program can fit into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
Housing arrangements will be made for students. The students will be responsible for purchasing their own food. During some excursions, meals will be provided and paid for by the program fee.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonwealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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"
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.