Asia Semester Programs

Below are semester-long study abroad programs in Asia designed for College of Engineering students. However, you are not limited to these options. To explore a full list of all semester study abroad programs offered through Penn State, check out the Global Programs search function.


Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)

This program offers a wide variety of courses for students in CMPEN, BME, CMPSC, and ME. The university is located 30 minutes by train from downtown Hong Kong and is built into the lush, coastal hillsides, making it an ideal place for students to live and explore. Students can participate in a number of cultural field trips alongside other international students and will be housed on campus with Chinese students.

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Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University hosts some of the top-ranked engineering programs in the world, making it an ideal study location for ME, IE, and NucE students. Students will be housed in an international student dorm and can take major courses in English, a culture course, and an intercultural teamwork course. This program is available for the spring semester with the opportunity for a $1,000 monthly scholarship. Students holding Chinese citizenship may not apply for this program.

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Sendai: Tohoku University (Japan)

Tohoku offers a unique global experience to students in the EE, ME, CMPSC, and CMPEN programs that include a customized research component. Students can choose to take courses in the spring semester, which runs from April to September, or for the entire academic year, which runs from October to September. Students take at least 13 credits but can take up to 16. Students will be accommodated in an international student house and will be responsible for providing their own meals.

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CIEE: Seoul, Arts and Sciences (Korea)

The CIEE Arts and Sciences program gives students an immersive experience in Seoul, South Korea’s cultural and educational heart, as well as its political and economic epicenter. The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, one of the most prestigious private institutions of higher education in Korea. Engineering students can find courses in BME, CHE, EE, and ME.

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Seoul: Sogang University (Korea)

Sogang University, a small institution with about 7,500 undergraduates, is considered to be one of the top schools in South Korea. The campus is centrally located in Seoul, easily accessible by public transportation. The immediate neighborhood has many small Korean restaurants, shopping, movies, cafés, etc. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in BME, CHE, CMPSC, EE, and ME.

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Singapore: National University of Singapore (Singapore)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked in the top ten of global engineering colleges. Students in several engineering programs have the opportunity to participate in a semester exchange program at NUS. Singapore is a highly developed city-state, consisting of a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian culture, with English also as an official language. Students will schedule their courses after arrival and NUS will help students to make the best housing arrangements possible.

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