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*Beijing, China: Impact of Culture on Engineering in China (Summer)
Badong, China; Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; Dalian, China; Fengdu, China; Hangzhou, China; Huangshan, China; Sandouping, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Xian, China; Yichang, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Hotel, Other
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

China Impact of Culture on Engineering in China_Great wall of China

Program Overview

Decorative Summer Palace over water

May 9 to June 3, 2016
Students must arrive in Beijing on May 9, 2016

This program is designed to give students an overview about the impact of culture on engineering and engineering design and manufacturing in China. Students will travel to Beijing, Chongqing, Yichang, Xian, Dalian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou 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 second 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 played in engineering. This will be accomplished through guest speakers, field trips to the engineering project sites, and some video documentaries, etc. Students will travel by air, 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 have while in China. Through this course, students will be exposed to an example of how engineering design can be affected by many factors such as culture and not just bey 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 Chines elementary/high schools and universities, and have some social events with their students to understand the education system in China and its difference from the United States.

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

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Course Offerings

ENGR 118 Impact of Culture on Engineering in China (3 credits)

High Speed TrainStudents will receive 3 credits for the course and the grade from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. The 3 credits earned from this course will be counted as GS and IL (and could possibley be switched to GH or GA).

Dr. 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.

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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 each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program or contact Xinli Wu, who is the instructor and faculty leader for the 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" 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, 2016

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 2016 02/01/2016
02/15/2016 05/09/2016 06/03/2016
NOTE: Students depart from the U.S on May 8,

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