This program offers a courses in business, Chinese culture, economics, history, international relations, Mandarin language, and social and community development. Field trips and volunteer opportunities are also offered as part of this program. For example, as part of your coursework you might take an excursion to Nanjing, the South Capital and important commercial center. Other options include excursions to Hong Kong or a trip following part of the ancient Silk Road, a historical trading network.
Week-long study tours are offered throughout the semester to various locations including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Silk Road (Fall semster) and Tea and Horse Road (Spring semester). Each tour explores a specific theme related to the learning goals of each program.
In addition, students are able to participate on company visits with top companies in Shanghai, such as Polva Electronic Technology Inc., Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., and General Motors. During special networking trips, you'll meet with and hear from these leaders, giving you an exclusive look into the management of some of the most successful businesses and corporations in Shanghai.
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.
You will receive 15-18 credits for your participation in this program. You will take four - five courses, including two business classes and three elective courses taught in English or Chinese. An organizational internship for three-credits is also available in place of an elective course. Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese will also be required to take a three-credit Communicative Chinese elective. Information about the range of courses for this program can be found at the CIEE website.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Shanghai 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 fit into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students must have completed three or more semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management or marketing in order to participate in this program.
Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau are welcome to apply but should contact the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor about special entry requirements.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live either in a homestay, where some meals may be provided, or in a dormitory or off-campus housing, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. In the campus residence halls, you will live with a Chinese roommate; the roommate is required to speak only Chinese, so this is a good option for students wanting to live in a more intensive language environment while having program participants nearby.
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.
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.