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Introduction to Intercultural Teamwork in China (ENGR and FLL)

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong+, China
Course # SA 10303
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/06/19 to 05/20/19

Program Leader

Name Michael Linnes

Program Description


Purdue Students—Consider this!

See China for yourself! Maymester 2016 Video

Spaces are available for May 2019! Please apply by end of January as participants get acquainted and complete orientation sessions during the spring semester!

Climb the Great Wall, enter the Forbidden City, visit Shanghai and Hong Kong, and make new friends at partner universities! The academic coursework provides a foundation in global issues and in communicating across cultural boundaries with an emphasis on China as the world's second largest economy and the world's fastest-growing market. Participants prepare as a group to travel together--including Chinese visa applications. 

Program dates allow participants to return to the U.S. in time for internships, work or for summer school! Approximate 2019 dates: May 6 through May 20 (may shift one day or so, depending on final air travel arrangements).

Earn three credits hours of ME 49700, MSE 49700 or LC 49000.

Cost is about $3500 (Price reduced thanks to support from the Soheman Endowment ($10,000 award) and a Purdue Sail Grant ($2667)). This includes tuition, fees, emergency medical coverage, Chinese visa, all air transportation, ground transportation, housing, and most meals! Additional expenses: $250 suggested for incidentals. You may be eligible for a $1500 travel scholarship.  Please see for scholarship details. Priority deadline for scholarship application is April 1. A $500 deposit is due at the time of application.

 • The program is offered annually by the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts with support from the Anna Sohmen Foundation, the Purdue Confucius Institute, and in partnership with Ningbo University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

• In addition to visiting cultural and industrial sites in major metropolitan locations - Ningbo, Shanghai, Beijing, and Harbin - students will complete individual assignments and participate in team projects focusing on aspects of Chinese cultural and social life.

• Prior to departure, orientation sessions during Spring Semester will provide students with information on travel procedures, packing suggestions, along with basic Chinese vocabulary, lessons on etiquette, and cultural background. We complete VISA paperwork together!

• Grading will be based on course participation, assigned readings, daily journals, and a written team project due after return to the US.

• No significant health issues are anticipated. Students are advised to consult their physicians about vaccinations and individual health concerns.

• Students intending to apply for SA 10303 should have a valid passport in hand or a passport application on file at the time of application.

Dr. Michael Linnes, ME 1075, (

Applications are welcome!  Orientation sessions begin in February 2019!

Academic Credit

Earn three credits hours of ME 49700, MSE 49700, or LC 49000.


Freshman - Senior level students

Program Cost

The program fee is $3512.03.  Please check the Purdue Moves Scholarship link to see if you are eligible for a scholarship:  



Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: Dec. 15th  

Final Deadline: Feb. 1

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