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Engineering in China
Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Shanghai, China
Program Terms: Summer I
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
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 Class Standing:
Graduate, Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Engineering, Various
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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. Participants study at the prestigious Sichuan University in China. Students will visit major historical and industrial sites as well as high-tech research institutes in China, including Mechanics Institute. Students will join Professor Xiangyuan Li's research group in Sichuan University. The program includes lectures, lab visits, engineering field trips and engineering demonstrations. Experienced engineers and faculty members in China will be invited to lecture on special topics and advanced engineering experience. The topics may cover chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer and biological engineering. Engineering field trips will include a tour of a big paper mill in Shanghai (Stora Enso Metso). Students will also visit Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Place, Heaven Temple, 2000 years old irrigation system etc. Students will enjoy Chinese folk dance, music. Chinese painting and medicine (acupuncture) lecture will be provided by Shanghai University.

Dr. Dewei Qi will be the instructor in charge 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. Credits are available to cover the tour in following courses: general education area II and IV. These credit hours are applied to satisfy areas within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

This program will host information sessions throughout the fall. Dates and times are currently being determined.

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China is the world's most populous country, home to about 1.3 billion people. China attracted more than $70 billion of foreign investment in 2006. It is the third largest trading nation with about $1.2 trillion of foreign trade. Beijing is the national capital, a political and cultural center of China, as well as a center of  activity and a key transportation hub. Shanghai is the business and banking center. It is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers (2,239 square miles). Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million and Chengdu has a total population of 10.44 million.

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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

The program fee includes tuition and fees, health and emergency insurance, housing, visa fees, local transportation within China and gate tickets for cultural study activities, and meals. Not included in the program fee are airfare, passport processing fees, immunizations, meals and beverages not specified, and personal expenses. An additional $405 applies to the program fee for graduate students.

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, he/she 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.

Note: 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.

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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.