Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Architectural Engineering, Architecture
Program Description:
Hong Kong AE Banner

Program Overview

China, with its 1.3 billion people, is currently developing its cities and infrastructure at a break-neck pace. Projects of enormous size and new construction practices are being developed daily. Architectural Engineering students interested in the future of the industry can observe this development by participating in this study abroad program during the summer. The program is designed to be an immersive experience in this developing country in mind.    

Students will begin their studies at the University of Hong Kong in an architectural design studio and an architectural history course. Hong Kong offers the opportunity to explore the developments in the Pearl River Delta area. Students will then visit Shanghai for a few days to meet with various US firms and businesses involved in development projects.
ground angle of the sky and skyscrapers in Hong Kong
During the third phase of the program, students will participate in the Tsinghua University Summer School for International Construction in Beijing where lectures will be delivered by renowned construction faculty and industry leaders from around the world. Students from a number of Universities in Asia, Australia and United States regularly participate in this international/intercultural experience. Beijing is the historical and government center of China. The city and its surrounding sites provide students with a historical perspective on this country with a vast and marvelous history and impressive current developments.   

For the final four weeks of the program, students will return to Hong Kong to continue their architectural design studio and an architectural history coursework.


Program Quicklinks  

Course Offerings
Housing and Meals
Program Costs
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More Information
How to Apply
Other Useful Links


Course Offerings

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.   

Two trucks in the middle of Hong Kong city street

ARCH 499 (4 credits)

Architecture design studio with an urban and sustainable emphasis. This course can be substituted for one of the 4th year courses. Taught in Hong Kong.

AE 496 (3 credits)

International Construction Seminar. Construction practices with a concentration on the China market. Satisfies the requirement of an undergraduate department elective. Taught at Tsinghua University's Summer School for International Construction in Bejing.

AE 496 (2 credits)

Study of Urbanization in China. Chinese history, culture and architecture of the past 200 years. Taught in Hong Kong.

AE 496 (3 credits)

Building Project Case Studies. Project Development in the Pearl River Delta stressing the economics of project development and sustainable project development.

Moses Ling will be the instructor and faculty leader for the program.

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.



Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.The AE China Summer Program is designed for Architectural Engineering students having completed at least the second year of the AE program, in particular, prospective candidates for the AE Integrated BAE/MAE or BAE/MS program.

  • Students must have taken taken one year of Design Studio and have a basic understanding of the building industry (AE202, AE221, AE222). 

Housing and Meals

Students will live in university dorms in Beijing and Hong Kong. Potential visits to other China cities will entail a stay in a hotel. Some meals are included in the program fee while other meals will be the responsibility of the student. Refer to the budget sheet for an estimated cost for meals not covered 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 each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. The faculty leader for this program is Dr. Moses Ling, Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering and the faculty leader for this summer program.

For the inside scoop on life the academic and cultural life on this program, be sure to check out the A E China Summer Blog and Penn State Students' Student Spotlight.


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

  •  Signature Documents

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

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

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.

Other Useful Links

Steps to Study Abroad
Schedule an Appointment
Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 06/23/2018 08/12/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed