For students who wish to explore China in-depth, but do not have previous Chinese language experience, the Contemporary Issues in China Program features a series of advanced-level courses on the history, economics, and culture of China. Each course incorporates extensive field trips and travel directly into the curriculum. This new program is an ideal choice for students with little previous exposure to China.
You will take the equivalent of 16 credits on this program, including an intensive Mandarin language course. This program also includes field trips. For a list of potential course offerings please refer to the IES website.
CIC Beijing Honors Track
Students from the Schreyer Honors College interested in enrolling in this program should first meet with Dr. Richard Stoller at Schreyer. Students who are applying for this honors program will have their IES authorization form signed by an Education Abroad staff member after it is submitted. Please make sure that "Beijing Honors Program" is specifically noted on your IES paperwork that you submit with your program materials.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Beijing Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay or in a residence hall (with a Chinese roommate). Homestays are typically located within a short walk or bus ride to the Center. They include a private bedroom and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In order to live with a Chinese family in a homestay, students will be interviewed to determine whether they are prepared to take on this unique commitment. Residence Halls are located in the IES Center and include student lounges with WiFi, shared bathrooms, washing machines, and kitchen facilities. Access to kitchen facilities allows students to be responsible for providing their own meals. There are also several university cafeterias available.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring 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
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
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.
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
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
NOTE: Arrival date for optional Tibet trip is August 10.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing for students taking IES Abroad Center courses and partner university courses. If participating in optional Tibet trip, end date is May 20.
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