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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.


Berlin, Germany: Engineering Design

This engineering design course offered through the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs ( SEDTAPP) will offer opportunities for students to practice design alongside international collaborators in Germany for global markets and within the startup culture in Berlin. Led by Dr. Jessica Menold, this faculty-led course is 3 credits of EDSGN 270 and offered in Maymester. Please check with your department for degree requirements. 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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DIS: Summer in Scandinavia

Students in Computer Science, Computer Engineeirng, Biomedical, and Biological Engineering have this amazing opportunity to discover Europe and meet the unexpected. DIS summer courses are taught in English with a focus on real-life experience and feature field studies in Copenhagen and Stockholm to bring classroom discussions to life.

Sessions vary in length with differing start and end dates. You choose which are best suited to your academic goals; pick any combination of courses irrespective of discipline, length, or credits available. Sessions 2, 3, and 4 include course-integrated study tours to relevant locations in Europe that further your perspectives on course topics.

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Hong Kong, China: Architectural Engineering

This program will not be held in Summer 2021.

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. More information can be found on the program’s website.

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Lima, Peru: Cross-cultural Engagement

This program will not be held in Summer 2021.

Students from a variety of majors converge in this Penn State faculty-led, interdisciplinary program. Content focuses on global society and future implications, especially related to climate change solutions and sustainable development. Participants will become acquainted with Drawdown Solutions and U.N. Sustainable Development goals in Latin America. Earn six credits, alongside students from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, while learning how science and engineering connect with other disciplines. For five weeks, you will be immersed in diverse aspects of Peru’s society and engage with the Spanish language. The first two weeks will be in Lima, where you will be housed with a Peruvian family. For the second half of the program, students will travel to Cusco. After an exploration of this region, students will be based at a research center in the Andes, interacting with local communities, exploring sustainability concepts, and developing Spanish language and cultural knowledge. The final portion of the experience will bring you to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

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The Penn State 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 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: Engineers Made in Germany

The Summer School at Hochschule 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 a Penn State faculty member in conjunction with IES Abroad in Rome. IES Abroad is a study abroad organization that hosts incoming students from the United States in a variety of academic disciplines. For this program, IES Abroad Rome will facilitate the teaching of two architecture courses and affiliated site visits within Rome and to several other Italian cities. 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 a first semester of statics as preparation (E MCH 211 or A E 210). Italian 140, offered at Penn State each fall semester, is highly recommended for students who enroll in this program.

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Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore, Engineering Design

The Penn State 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 two-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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Seoul, Korea: Sungkyunkwan University, International Summer Semester

Sungkyunkwan University’s (SKKU) International Summer Semester (ISS) is a unique academic program dedicated to sharing and experiencing the fascinating story of Seoul, Korea’s 600-year-old capital. The program aims to develop students’ global engagement by providing opportunities to share different perspectives on global issues, make friends with various cultural backgrounds, and explore Korea's history, culture, and society. The ISS is a four-week program, offering over 60 unique courses in fields such as business and management, economics, social science, engineering and computer science, data science, and Korean language and studies. By bringing together students and faculty from Korea and around the world, the ISS not only stimulates students’ academic initiatives, but also broadens their knowledge.

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Sydney, Australia: Engineering Design

This program will not be held in Summer 2022.

This engineering design course offered through the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs ( SEDTAPP) provides students the opportunity to earn 3 credits in EDSGN 270 while spending two weeks in Australia in Maymester. Please check with your department for degree requirements. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Starkey, this faculty-led program will enable students to collaborate with students from Australia and other global institutions for an industry-sponsored challenge. Students will learn design thinking techniques and best practices for team design projects. Participants will enjoy exposure to Australian culture through activities such as visiting the Sydney Opera House and the Blue Mountains.

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Virtual Global Program: Cross-Cultural Engagement and Technical Presentation

January 19-April 29
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
To enroll email: international@engr.psu.edu

Through this virtual global program, students enroll in two courses: Technical Presentation for Engineers (3 credits) and Intercultural Learning (1 credit). These courses develop global competences and apply knowledge of how to deliver effective technical presentations in collaboration with students from La Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In addition, participants will gain and demonstrate cultural insights during a variety of cultural activities and through collaborating in an international team setting. You will research and speak about social and cultural issues that can be improved with new technologies. A major goal of the Technical Presentation course is to bridge the technical and practical demands of communication with the rhetorical elements of effective public speaking. The information presented aims to help you become a better communicator of technical information — an important skill to be a successful engineering student and professional. The Intercultural Learning course will introduce students to the culture of this virtual global engagement experience, covering key historical, cultural, and societal issues and practical, country specific information and emphasizes effective communication techniques and strategies that prepare students to exchange information. More specifically, course content will include: essential vocabulary terms and phrases specific to the region, the concepts of cultural intelligence and humility, and culturally appropriate societal behaviors. In addition, learners will be provided context about the international destination to prepare them for their activities with those from other cultural groups. This is a virtual program. However, future embedded travel to Italy and Switzerland for participants of this program may be considered pending University approval. Note: Due to COVID-19 conditions and with the health and safety of Penn State students a primary consideration, study abroad has been suspended through the spring 2021 term. Future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.


 
 

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