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  • Locations: Badong, China; Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; Dalian, China; Fengdu, China; Hangzhou, China; Huangshan, China; Sandouping, China; Shanghai, China; Xian, China; Yichang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Program Description:
Beijing Cultural Impact ENGR B

Program Overview

Decorative Summer Palace over water

Program Dates: 5/6-6/2/2019 
(Start dates mark arrival in host country. End dates mark departure from program housing.)

This program is designed to give students an overview about the impact of culture on engineering, engineering design and manufacturing in China. Students will travel to Beijing, Dalian, Xian, Yichang, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Suzhou, Shanghai, and more places, and be exposed to the concepts through on-site visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the Three Gorges Dam Project Site, the five-step ship locks in Yichang, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, the Shanghai Disney Resort integrated with so much Chinese culture, the second longest bay bridge in the world in Hangzhou, plus many more 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 played in engineering. This will be accomplished through guest presentations, field trips to the engineering project sites, video documentaries, etc. Students will travel by air, sleeper train, high speed train, cruise ship, and bus to gain experiences with the transportation systems in China. Students will also be required to document all the activities they participate in while in China. Through this course, students will be exposed to living examples of how engineering and engineering design can be affected by factors such as culture and not just by pure design considerations.  Students will be visiting both American and Chinese companies in China to understand the current challenges and scope of globalization.  Students will also be visiting some Chinese elementary/high schools and universities, and have some social events with their students to understand the education system in China and its difference from that in the United States.

Watch a video created by the Summer 2015 Cultural Impact Program or visit the department website for more information.

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Course Offerings

ENGR 118: Impact of Culture on Engineering in China (3 credits)
College of Engineering students who may have already fulfilled the 6.0 credits of GS required for the Penn State degree, could use ENGR 118 toward completing the 9 credits of GS as part of a 9 6 3 sequence of GA, GH, GS. Other alternate uses of these credits should be discussed with your academic advisor and will need to be reviewed through a petition request prior to taking the course. 

High Speed TrainDr. Xinli Wu will be the instructor and faculty leader for the program.

You may not take any course 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.

To see how the course on this program can fit into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 

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. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheets for the Summer semester. 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.

Chinese currency

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 this program 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 the program, contact Xinli Wu, who is the instructor and faculty leader for the program. You can also schedule an appointment with the adviser for this program, Johnna Weston.


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

  •  Signature Documents

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

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

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 05/06/2019 06/02/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.