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Engineering Summer Programs

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


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Lima, Peru: Cross-cultural Engagement and STEM

All majors are welcome in this Penn State College of Engineering faculty-led, interdisciplinary program that is based in lively Lima, Peru. Students will become acquainted with STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America. Learn how science and global engineering connect with other disciplines in a mixed cohort of Peruvian and Penn State students, while studying Spanish and experiencing Peru’s rich culture. For 6 weeks, you will take two classes taught by Penn State and local faculty. Participants will gain cross-cultural competencies by investigating issues in global society and their future implications. This program is designed to be the perfect blend of cultural immersion and interdisciplinary learning. Experience life as local residents while you enjoy Peruvian cuisine prepared by your host family and practice your Spanish. Read more »

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Beijing, China: Impact of Culture on Engineering in China

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) offers this Penn State faculty-led study abroad program. It is designed to give students an overview of the impact of culture on engineering and engineering design and manufacturing in China. Students will travel to Beijing, Chongqing, Yichang, Xian, Dalian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Hungshan, and be exposed to the concepts through on-site visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the Three Gorges Dam Project Site, the five-step ship locks in Yichang, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, the Dongtan Eco-city Project, the second longest bay bridge in the world in Hangzhou, and many other projects at other locations. More information can be found at the program’s website.

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Hong Kong, China: Architectural Engineering

The Department of Architectural Engineering offers this Penn State faculty-led program in China. With its 1.3 billion people, China is currently developing its cities and infrastructure at a break-neck pace. Projects of enormous size and new construction practices are being developed daily. Architectural engineering students interested in the future of the industry can observe this development by participating in this immersive summer study abroad program. Students will enjoy a variety of experiences such as studies at the University of Hong Kong in an architectural design studio, an architectural history course, and several days in Shanghai to meet with U.S. firms and businesses involved in development projects. Additionally, students will participate in the Tsinghua University Summer School for International Construction in Beijing.

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INSA Lyon, France: European Perspectives in Engineering and Innovation

Study European perspectives in engineering and innovation at one of France’s leading engineering schools during this four-week program. Experience innovative and interactive teaching, including site visits to businesses. Course topics include connected devices and smart services or management and innovation. You will also become acquainted with French culture and study either beginning, intermediate, or advanced French.

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Nantes, France: École Central de Nantes, Engineering Design

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) offers this Penn State faculty-led study abroad program. Students will experience practicing design with international collaborators in international environments and designing for global markets. In addition, students will learn to function in cross-cultural engineering design teams partnering with students from the U.S., France, and other global institutions. This study abroad program takes place at École Central de Nantes over a two-week period at the end of May. This is an ideal program for Penn State engineering students as it allows students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program while still having time to return home to complete a summer engineering internship! Participants will enjoy exposure to French culture, language, and cuisine, staying in homestays during the program. 

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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) offers this Penn State faculty-led study abroad program. Students will experience practicing design with international collaborators in international environments and conducting design for global for global markets. In addition, students will learn to function in cross-cultural engineering design teams, partnering with students from the U.S., Spain, and other global institutions. This study abroad program takes place at Tecnun (Universidad de Navarra) over a two-week period at the end of May. Participants will also experience many cultural activities, such as surfing in the Bay of Biscay or visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain. This is an ideal program for Penn State engineering students as it allows students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program while still having time to return home to complete a summer engineering internship!

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Pforzheim, Germany: Pforzheim University, Engineers Made in Germany

The Summer School at Hoschschule Phorzheim University, Engineers Made in Germany, combines technical coursework, language study, and cultural excursions to provide engineering students with a unique learning experience. Students will take three courses: a German-language course; Production Management and Supply Chain Management; and Lecture Series Engineering in Manufacturing. The two technical courses have a focus on the German automotive industry. Many site visits are included in the program such as the Mercedes-Benz plant; Porsche Museum and plant; SAP; Daimler Museum; European Patent Office; or HUGO BOSS. City visits include Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Munich, and Berlin.

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Rome, Italy: Architectural Engineering

The Department of Architectural Engineering offers this Penn State faculty-led program in Italy. Students will take courses led by Penn State faculty members in conjunction with the Pantheon Institute in Rome. The obvious success of Roman and Medieval architects in producing large clear span spaces, high domes and vaults, and other successful feats of structural engineering invites an investigation of their methods of structural analysis and design. These courses will explore what we know or can find out about this topic through investigation of artifacts and review of texts. Although the courses will require thoughtful reading, looking at buildings, and investigations, the material will be presented at an elementary level, requiring no more than first semester statistics as preparation (E MCH 211 or A E 210). Italian 140, offered at Penn State each fall semester, is highly recommended for student who enroll in this program.

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Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore, Engineering Design

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) offers this Penn State faculty-led study abroad program. Students will experience practicing design with international collaborators in international environments and conducting design for global markets. In addition, students will learn to function in cross-cultural engineering design teams, partnering with students from other global institutions. This program takes place over a 2-week period at the end of May at the National University of Singapore, the #12 engineering university in the world (Times Higher Education, 2012-2013). Penn State participants will join students from the U.S., China, Singapore, India, and others. In addition to attending lectures and participating in field trips, students will complete assignments and a team-based design project. This is an ideal program for Penn State engineering students as it allows students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program while still having time to return home to complete a summer engineering internship!

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