This program offers a wide variety of courses in business, Chinese culture, economics, history, international relations, Mandarin language, and social and community development. You will take 4 - 5 courses, including two East Asian Studies (EAST) classes and 3 elective courses taught in English or Chinese. An organizational internship for 3 credits is also available in place an elective course. Students who have not completed one semester of college-level Chinese will also be required to take a 3-credit Communicative Chinese elective. Information about the range of courses for this program can be found at the CIEE website. Field trips and volunteer opportunities are also offered as part of this program.
Week-long study tours are offered throughout the semester to various locations including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Silk Road (Fall semester) and Tea and Horse Road (Spring semester). Each tour explores a specific theme related to the learning goals of each program.
1 college-level Chinese Area Studies course is recommended.
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.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive 15 - 18 credits (22.5 - 27 Quarter Hours) 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 of a Pass/Fail basis. 1 Quarter Hour = 0.3 PSU credit.
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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
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.
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, including the Whole World Scholarship. 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 also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth 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" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.