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Global Design and Practice for Pre-engineering in Taiwan and Japan

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Multiple Locations, Multiple Countries (Japan, Taiwan)
Course # SA 10525
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/15/24 to 06/30/24

Program Leader

Name Wei Qiu
Email wei190@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description


June 15-30, 2024

Tokyo, Sendai, Taipei, Tainan

This course is specifically designed for incoming first-year engineering students and introduces new students to engineering design and practice in both Japan and Taiwan. You will develop intercultural competencies that will benefit you throughout your engineering career through reflections on a range of hands-on activities and interaction with the local communities.

In Taiwan, you will tour world-class semiconductor companies such as TSMC and visit Purdue's key partner universities in Taipei and Tainan (NCKU and NTNU) - renowned for semiconductor talent development and language education. Extending your experience, the course also invites you to visit Japan, where you can immerse yourself in its rich culture in Tokyo. A significant highlight includes a trip to Sendai to visit one of the top engineering universities, Tohoku University. This visit is not only about appreciating the university's academic excellence but also understanding the resilience and efforts of the local community to recover from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. You will witness firsthand the deep connection between engineering practices, the local community, and their context, offering a unique perspective on how engineering can contribute to societal rebuilding and improvement.

2023 Program highlights & returning Students' Voices on Youtube: 

2023 Program Newstory (spotlight on the college of engineering)

2018 Program Newstory (written by the participanting students)

For more information, please contact Dr. Wei Qiu at wei190@purdue.edu

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 19500


Open to incoming firstyear engineering students, newly admitted to the College of Engineering.

Participants must be 18 years or older when participating in the program on June 15th, 2024.


- Paperwork is available for minors who are really motivated to participate in the program)

- Application form: leave the box "academic advisor" blank when submitting the application. 

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated cost is $4300

Program fees include  Three academic credits, all housing, ground transportation in the country, breakfast daily, a few lunches and dinners, all activities and cultural events on the itinerary, and international health insurance. 

Additional costs:  Airfare, most lunches and dinners, passport, Visa (if necessary), and personal spending money and activities.

Application Deadline

A maximum of 20 students will be selected.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until program reaches capacity. Please email your application essay (no more than 500-word) to wei190@purdue.edu  for review. The essay should address the following questions:

1) Why do you want to join this summer program?

2) What do you hope to accomplish after completing the program?

3) Please share any relevant personal experiences you'd like the program lead to be aware of (e.g. language background, travel history, personal interests in the region, etc.) 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.