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Engineering in China (Faculty Led)
Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Shanghai, China
Program Terms: Summer II
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2015 03/08/2015 
Rolling Admission 06/29/2015 07/20/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Engineering, Various
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Engineering in China is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to obtain global engineering experience in contemporary China.

Students will visit major historical and industrial sites as well as high-tech research institutes in Beijing and Chengdu China. Students will also visit Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Place in Beijing. Students will join Professor Bin Liang’s research group in Sichuan University. The program includes lectures, lab visits, engineering field trips and engineering demonstrations.  Experienced engineers and faculty members in Sichuan University will be invited to lecture on special topics and advanced chemical engineering experience.  The topics may cover chemical, biological and computer engineering.  Engineering field trips together with Chinese students in Sichuan University include a tour of more than 2000 years old irrigation system in Chengdu. Students will enjoy sightseeing (Great Wall), Chinese folk dance, music and Chinese arts which will be arranged and provided by Sichuan University. WMU students will interact with Sichuan University students in the same class and teach them English.

Dr. Bin Liang from Sichuan University and Dr. Dewei Qi from WMU will be the co-instructors and will accompany the group throughout the program. This program will allow students to explore global engineering opportunities and strengthen working skills with global engineering disciplines.

.     The program of Study Engineering in China significantly contributes to the following areas
·         Deal systematically with the cognitive and pedagogical challenges of presenting and understanding a culture other than one’s own;
·         Provide an opportunity to step outside the Western frame of reference by considering human experience and the potential for human achievement from a nonwestern perspective;
·         Emphasize the adaptive nature of a culture or civilization as it responds to the challenges of its physical environment, international environment, and internal social dynamics;
·         Examine the history, literature, arts, religion, ideas, and institutions of other cultures and civilizations to bring out their wholeness – their integrity as self-conscious entities grappling with problems;
·         Stimulate reflection on the comparison and contrast between the culture of the student and the culture or cultures being studied;
·         Stimulate reflection on the interaction of cultures and nations in an increasingly interdependent world; and
·         Explore alternatives to the Western view of modernization.

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China is the world's most populous country, home to about 1.3 billion people. It is the second  largest trading nation with about $1.3 trillion of foreign trade. Chengdu has a total population of 10.44 million.  Sichuan University is one of China’s key universities under the direct supervision of Ministry of Education. Located in West China, it is identified as a key high-level comprehensive research university. The University offers 229 doctoral programs, 346 master programs, 13 professional master’s programs, 126 undergraduate programs, and 28 post-doctoral research stations.

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing, Undergraduate and Graduate students, open to all majors.

Academic Program
Students will earn a total of three (3) credit hours in ENG 3400. These credit hours may be applied towards their General Education Area IV requirement. The program includes lectures, lab visits, engineering field trips and engineering demonstrations. Experienced engineers and faculty members will be invited to give lectures on the culture of China, special topics and advanced engineering experiences. The topics may cover chemical, mechanical, aeronautical, electrical, computer and biological engineering. This program will allow students to explore global engineering opportunities and strengthen working skills with global engineering disciplines.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost - Click here for the complete Financial Aid Breakdown
The WMU program fee includes: undergraduate tuition and administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, housing, meals, visa fees, local transportation within China and gate tickets for cultural study activities.

The program fee does not include: airfare, passport processing fees, immunizations, meals and beverages not specified, and miscellaneous expenses. An additional $405 applies to the program fee for graduate students. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).  The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee: 
 The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for Summer II semester.  

Scholarship: Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

Financial Aid: Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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(2014 itinerary - the 2015 itinerary is still being finalized)

5/5 Depart from Kalamazoo
5/6 Arrive at Beijing: Mechanics Institute, Prof He Guowei.
5/7 Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer palace. 
5/8 The Great Wall.
5/9 Temple of Heaven; fly to Chengdu
5/10 Visit Sichuan University Chemical Engineering Dept; join Prof Li's research group
5/11 DuJiangYan Irrigation System; Qing Cheng Mountain
5/12 Visit Panda Research Park; Evening Sichuan Opera.
5/13 Mechanical Department; Pharmaceutical company
5/14 Yan An paper mill.
5/15 Fly to Shanghai.
5/16 Tour Paper Company: Stora Enso; travel to SuZhou.
5/17 Huangpu River Tour, Shanghai
5/18 Depart Shanghai; arrive in Kalamazoo.
(Itinerary subject to change)

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Additional Resources

Country Information (external links)
China - Lonely Planet
Beijing - Lonely Planet
Shanghai - Lonely Planet
Chengdu -  Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - China
Culturegram - China

Program faculty directors:
Professor Dewei Qi
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging

WMU Study Abroad:
Sakhi Vyas
Study Abroad Specialist
(269) 387-5890

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This program is currently not accepting applications.