Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of higher education in China. Its full-time enrollment exceeds 38,000 students taught by over 1,400 professors. Shanghai Jiao Tong's School of Mechanical Engineering, located on the outskirts of metropolitan Shanghai, contains some of the top ranked programs in China, including: first ranked Mechanical Engineering program, third ranked Industrial Engineering Program, and third ranked Aerospace Engineering Program. Zizhu Science Park is located close to campus, where high-tech companies such as Intel and Microsoft have established research and development center.
Shanghai is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city of more than 23 million people located on the eastern coast of China. The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but because of the country's large foreign population, other languages - including English - are widely spoken. Shanghai's favorable port location has made it the commercial and financial center of mainland China and one of the most prosperous cities in the world. A major center of education and research, Shanghai boasts 30 universities and colleges, and 22 percent of its population is college-educated.
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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 take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
This program offers a seamless curriculum for mechanical and industrial engineering students. Shanghai Jiao Tong University offers complementary courses to the Penn State curriculum where students can substitute a semester at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and graduate on time. Students will enroll in a combination of courses in Chinese culture/history as well as mechanical engineering or industrial engineering.
Students will take three pre-determined Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering courses for nine credits, one Intercultural Teamwork class for three credits, and one Chinese Culture/History course for three credits. An optional Chinese language course can also be taken for credit. All classes, except for the Chinese language course, are taught in English.
Review the course offerings on the Shanghai Jiao Tong University website.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept ENGR: 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 obtained the syllabi for all courses taken 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.
This program is only open to Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering majors. It is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a one credit online course, before their semester abroad.
Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens. Due to Chinese law, students with People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Macau or Hong Kong passports may not participate in this exchange program.
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You will live in an international student dorm on Minhang Campus (usually double occupancy, but based on availability). Single and double-occupancy rooms are equipped with a bathroom, TV, direct-dial telephone, air-conditioner and internet connection. Additional facilities include kitchen, fridge and washing-machine for public use. Dorms with 4 rooms are equipped with direct-dial telephone, a refrigerator, air-conditioner, internet connection (additional charge) and public bathroom access.
On-campus dining options are available, or students can take advantage of nearby restaurants. Learn more about life at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Homestays are available on a limited basis.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the 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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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 Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
The Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The College's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.
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:
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- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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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