Because this program is designed primarily for first-year students, preference will be given to applicants in the following order: new incoming students and students enrolled in the Penn State First program for fall 2020, second semester freshmen who were not enrolled in Penn State First for fall 2020, and then upperclassmen.
- This program is only open to international students with Chinese citizenship and permanent residents of China who are currently living in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
- 18 years of age or older (international age) by the program start date, February 22, 2021
- Students who will be first semester freshmen must have accepted their offer of admission from Penn State and paid their deposit
- Students who will not be first semester freshmen in spring 2021 must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
Program capacity may be limited, and not all students who are approved are guaranteed a placement in the program.
Penn State Global Programs is excited to offer a semester-long academic program in Shanghai during spring 2021 for international students with Chinese citizenship and permanent residents of China who are currently living in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan. This residentially-based academic program is geared toward first-year students but is open to Penn State students of all levels who feel that, based on consultation with their academic adviser, the coursework will help them meet their academic goals. Students will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Penn State community, by learning alongside other Penn Staters both in-person and virtually as well as enjoying specially designed in-person events and activities to help you build your network with other Penn State students and alumni! We are so excited to have all international students with us on a Penn State campus here in Pennsylvania, either for the first time or as a returning student, but we realize it may be very difficult to get here at this time. Penn State First: Shanghai can offer you the opportunity to connect with the Penn State community and advance your academic career while you’re unable to join us on campus in person.
Penn State First: Shanghai is a collaboration between Penn State and CIEE, a United States-based global nonprofit educational and intercultural exchange organization. Students will take a combination of in-person and online courses that all count for Penn State credit. Each student will work with their Penn State academic adviser to register for courses delivered remotely from Penn State. In addition, each participant will register for a minimum of two (2) courses to be delivered residentially at East China Normal University's (ECNU) Global Education Center located on the Baoshan Campus. These CIEE-taught courses have been reviewed by faculty and will be recorded as Penn State courses on your transcript. All courses will be taught in English, and they will factor into your Penn State GPA (grade point average). Students should work with their academic advisers to determine which courses offered residentially with CIEE and which courses offered online through Penn State will best suit their academic needs.
In addition to the coursework offered on this program, Penn State students will have many opportunities to participate in events and activities that are specifically designed for Penn State students only. Examples of activities may include academic excellence seminars, American history and culture films and discussions, connection with PSU alumni, international expositions, and celebrations of festivals.
Please click through the tabs at the top of this page for additional information about this program (Overview, Academics, Housing and Meals, Costs and Funding, Health and Safety, Next Steps).
Note: All dates are tentative and subject to change.
| Online Pre-Arrival Orientation
|| early February, 2021
| Arrival Day
|| February 21, 2021
| On-Site Orientation
|| February 22 - 23, 2021
| First Day of Class
|| February 24, 2021
| Final Exam Period
|| early June, 2021
The Baoshan campus is located at 10 Songliang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai 20441. It is about a 45 minute metro ride from Putuo. The local community around campus has restaurants, shopping, gyms, cafes. The campus itself is gated with 24/7 security guards and includes dining options, sports hall, study spaces, etc. Students will have full access to all 3 of the ECNU campuses for socializing, facilities, student activities, and more
Students with questions about this program should contact Penn State Education Abroad: PennStateFirst@psu.edu. Please include your full name, Penn State Access ID (abc1234) and nine-digit Penn State ID number, if you have one, when emailing. Please use your Penn State email address if you have one when emailing as well.