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Global Design and Practice for Pre-engineering in Taiwan

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 Tainan, Taipei, Seoul, Taiwan
Course # SA 10525
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 06/16/23 to 06/29/23

Program Leader

Name Wei Qiu
Email wei190@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

This program is designed specifically for newly accepted egineering students who will be attending Purdue for the first time in Fall 2023.

The goal of this program is to provide pre-engineering students a competitive edge before the formal start of their Purdue experience in following aspects: 1) 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 Taiwan and South Korea. 2) Participants will develop intercultural sensitivities via engagements with local students, faculty members and industrial partners in Taiwan. 3) Participants will interact with fellow Purdue students and local Purdue alumni during the program, which will help their college transition and develop a sense of pride and belonging as a new boilermaker.

This course exposes pre-engineering students to basic engineering design and practice in Taiwan and South Korea, with a focus on sustainable engineering through mechatronics and Industrial IoT (Internet of Things). The learning activities include lectures from host university (NCKU), hands-on design project, interaction with local students, lab visits, company visits, and Q&A sessions with Purdue alumni. Students are also expected to participate in cultural activities to develop intercultural sensitivities and communication skills.

Program Itinerary (tentative)
Pre-departure activities: workshops (3-4 zoom sessions), Pre ASAKK plus survey

1. June 16 - Depart USA for Tainan
2. June 17- Arrive in Tainan
3. June 18 - Company visit #1, Taiwanese alum meetup
4. June 19 - NCKU Lecture and project
5. June 20 - NCKU Lecture and Project
6. June 21- Tour of Tainan
7. June 22 - High Speed train ride to Taipei, group debriefing #1
8. June 23 - Visit NTU & Tour of Taipei
9. June 24 - Company Visit #2 & hands-on activity #1
10. June 25 - Flight to Seoul, ASAKK plus survey (during-experience)
11. June 26 - Visit Yonsei University & Korean alum meetup
12. June 27 – Seoul city tour & hands-on activity #2
13. June 28 - Company visit #3 & Group debriefing #2
14. June 29 – Depart for USA

Post-trip activities: post ASAKK plus survey

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 19500.  



Open to new First Year Engineering students set to begin their studies in Fall 2023.


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 cost of the program is $3054.05 plus airfare and includes the following:   All housing, (airport pick-up, trains, and all ground transportation abroad), all activities on the itinerary, 3 academic credits, breakfast daily, several meals, and international Health Insurance.

Additional costs:  Airfare, transporation to and from US airport, passport, personal activities, some meals, and personal spending money

*Purdue Moves Scholarship is available.  Check the Finanical Resources tab for eligibility information*

*There is no finanical obligation just to apply.  You will not have any finanical obligation until you receive an acceptance email and choose to make a deposit*

Application Deadline

Program will begin accepting applications starting spring 2022 

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.