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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

SEAS China Immersion (EAS 290)
Dr. Howard Hu, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
This course will provide an opportunity for Penn students to experience rapid technological development and business environment in China, and expose them to engineering and technology innovations there. It will also provide a platform for Penn students to interact with business leaders at large and small companies and educators in China, and network with Penn alumni. The core of the course is a field trip to China during the Spring Break. Students will visit Beijing and Shanghai for a total of 12 days. They will have a first hand experience on the rapid technological development in China and its societal and environmental consequences. They will have opportunities to be exposed to culture and political factors in business environment in China. Furthermore, students will have a better understanding of the global competitiveness, opportunities and limitations of doing business in China.

Travel to China February 28 - March 11, 2018

China 1

Course Information

Click here to view the preliminary course syllabus: EAS 290 SEAS China Immersion Syllabus.pdf
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors are eligible to apply.
No prerequisites.

NOTE: The travel dates for this course are February 28 - March 11. Students are responsible for speaking to their professors about potentially missing midterm exams or other class assignments.


The details of this itinerary are notional and subject to change.
Date Activities Location
Wednesday, 2/28 Depart Philadelphia Philadelphia
Thursday, 3/1 Arrive in Beijing Beijing
Friday, 3/2 Baidu site visit Beijing
Saturday, 3/3 Visit Great Wall, Tiananmen Square Beijing
Sunday, 3/4 Tour of Forbidden City and Summer Palace; alumni event; Presentation #1 Business in China Beijing
Monday, 3/5 Visit Beijing Jiaotong University; State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control & Safety; Presentation #2 Technological Innovation in China Beijing
Tuesday, 3/6 Travel to Shanghai by high-speed train; dinner at Xu-Jia-Hui Shanghai
Wednesday, 3/7 Presentation #3 on Higher Education and Research in China; visit to SJTU campus Shanghai
Thursday, 3/8 Tour of Yu-Yuan, The Bund, Pudong; dinner in old city of Shanghai Shanghai
Friday, 3/9 Presentation #4 Multinational Corporations Operating in China; Shanghai 3M R&D center Shanghai
Saturday, 3/10 Explore traditional Chinese living; day trip to Wuzhen Shanghai
Sunday, 3/11 Depart Shanghai for Philadelphia Shanghai

Travel and Accommodation

Students will be required to travel on a group flight out of Philadelphia.
Accommodations include hotels (double occupancy).

Cost and Finances

Penn Global Seminars are funded by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund. All in-country logistical costs, including accommodations, transportation, entrance fees, translation services, and group meals, are covered by Penn Global. Students do not pay a program fee to participate in a Global Seminar.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the round-trip flight to the program site. For this course, students will be required to travel with a group flight. Students are also responsible for personal meals, visa fees, and vaccinations, where applicable.

A preliminary budget sheet is available here: Budget Sheet - SEAS Global Immersion in China (PGS 018).pdf

A $250 deposit is assessed after a student commits to the program and is refunded upon receiving the student's confirmed flight itinerary. Students will be notified before the deposit is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible for an adjustment to their aid to cover the out-of-pocket costs of the program. Penn Abroad will share a budget sheet with Student Financial Services so that adjustments to the aid package can be determined.

All costs related to the on-campus component of the program are the responsibility of the student and are not figured into the program budget for SFS.

Next Steps

The application for this program opens September 11, 2017 and closes October 6, 2017. Please apply using the "Apply Now" button located at the top right section of this brochure. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee which includes the course instructor and Penn Abroad staff. Strong applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. 

Students will be notified of their decision on October 30, 2017 and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

Please direct application questions to Laurie Jensen, Penn Global Seminars Manager, at

This program is currently not accepting applications.