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Global Design & Practice for Pre-engineering in China

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Beiing and Shanghai, China
Course # SA 10524
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 06/10/19 to 06/23/19

Program Leader

Name Wei Qiu

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Why wait to experience Purdue Engineering? Join this short-term study abroad program in Summer 2019 and give yourself a competitive edge before the formal start of your Purdue education! Join Dr. Wei Qiu, East Asia Programs Manager for this course! 

Participants will be inspired to develop a global mindset by personally experiencing the impact of globalization on consumer trends, product design, and workplace teamwork, with a focus on China. Participants will reflect and develop their intercultural sensitivities by immersing themselves in one of the oldest civilizations in the world - Chinese culture. Participants will bond with fellow Purdue students and local young people during the program. Program highlights include (subject to change due to availability) industrial visits in multiple engineering fields, Eli Lilly Shanghai, cultural lectures from local experts, one-on-one interaction with local college students, visit to the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven and Tea Ceremony experience, Olympic stadium "Birds nest" & Water Cube, high speed train travel from Beijing to Shanghai, visit to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden and Chen Huang Miao (City God Temple Shanghai) ERA Acrobatics Show, Caligraphy Workshop, Kung fu class, Chinese cooking workshop, and woodworking lesson.


Quote from Sarah Whitcomb, participant from summer 2017

"I had no idea exactly what I was getting into when I signed up to go to China. I just knew that I wanted to experience something awesome, and awesome it was. While in China I learned and experienced new things each and every day. I ate amazing food, hiked the Great Wall, experienced the hustle and bustle of Beijing traffic, saw the brilliant lights of Shanghai at night, and even learned how to use chopsticks.

I was immersed in a whole new culture and ways of doing and thinking.  Going to China with Global Engineering, I was given the guidance to not only to experience what was around me, but to learn how to look at the world like an engineer. I learned to not take things for what they seem at face value but to analyze what I was seeing. I was able to see how Chinese culture allowed China to innovate and become a world player in innovation and industry. 

One of greatest benefits from the trip was that I had the opportunity to meet other freshman engineering students before I got to campus. Having a group of people that I already knew made the transition to college much easier.  Going to China before the start of my freshman year was one of the best decisions I ever made"


Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 19500. 





You must be an incoming freshman for fall 2019 and have been accepted into the College of Engineering.  Students must have accepted their offer to attend Purdue and have a career account ID and password set up and your Purdue email address.   You will need to write a 500-word essay on why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to learn. Students who enroll in the GEP Learning community will be given preference, but it is not required.  

Program Cost

Program cost is estimated at $2850 ( Purdue Moves Scholaships avilable Info here ).  Additional costs are airfare, Passport, Chinese Visa, some meals, and personal spending money. 

 Program cost includes 3 academic credits, all housing, high-speed train ride from Beijing to Shanghai, all ground transportation, breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 2 dinners, all activities on the itinerary, excursions, and international health insurance.

Students should apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship.   You must have a FAFSA on file.  Check your eligibility here

Students from China may apply (with limited spots).  International students are not eligible for Purdue Moves scholarship. 




Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until program reaches capacity. Please email your 500 application essay to  for review. A maximum of 20 students will be selected.



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