Program is only open to Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering majors.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (STJU) 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. SJTU's School of Mechanical Engineering, located on the outskirts of metropolitan Shanghai, contains some of the top ranked programs in China, including: 1st ranked Mechanical Engineering program, 3rd ranked Industrial Engineering Program, and 3rd 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.
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.
Education Abroad Credits
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 SJTU and graduate on time. Students will enroll in a combination of courses in Chinese culture/history as well as mechanical engineering or industrial engineering. As Shanghai is the industrial engine of China, the possibility to secure a non-credit internship during the study abroad semester is also feasible for those interested. This is an excellent opportunity to merge academic excellence and cultural immersion with professional development.
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.
Students will take 3 pre-determined M E or I E courses for 9 credits, 1 Intercultural Teamwork class for 3 credits, and 1 Chinese Culture/History course for 3 credits. An optional Chinese language course can also be taken for credit. All classes, except for the Chinese language course, are taught in English. Non-credit internships are also available for interested students.
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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Housing and Meals
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.
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.
Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 205 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. Please see the Global Engineering website for more information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.