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Dept ENGR: Shanghai, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Chinese, Culture, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Type of Program:
Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University logo

Program Overview     


Shanghai street foodShanghai 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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Education Abroad Credits


Yuyuan GardansYou 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Pre-requisites


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.

Citizenship Eligibility

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.


Housing and Meals


Shanghai view of the cityYou 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.


Program Costs



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 GeoBlogs 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:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

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

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 03/02/2015 07/05/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. Please confirm arrival and orientation date with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2016 05/01/2015
06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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