Students posing for photo in China

Summer Program in China

This program is currently on hiatus.

Study Abroad in China is a 12-credit, 7-week semester during the Summer II term.

It is an intensive academic, cultural, and maturing experience. While much of the lecturing involves site visits to different architectural buildings in China, students should be committed to a heavy workload. This program is a faculty-led program where students will receive credit towards their major in architectural engineering.

Students will begin their studies at the University of Hong Kong in an architectural design studio and an architectural history course. Hong Kong offers the opportunity to explore the developments in the Pearl River Delta area. Students will then visit Shanghai for a few days to meet with various U.S. firms and businesses involved in development projects.

During the third phase of the program, students will participate in the Tsinghua University Summer School for International Construction in Beijing, where lectures will be delivered by renowned construction faculty and industry leaders from around the world. Students from a number of universities in Asia, Australia, and the U.S. regularly participate in this international/intercultural experience. Beijing is the historical and government center of China. The city and its surrounding sites provide students with a historical perspective on this country with a vast and marvelous history and impressive current developments.

For the final four weeks of the program, students will return to Hong Kong to continue their architectural design studio and an architectural history coursework.

China Coursework

  • ARCH 499D – Studio
  • AE 496F – Study of Urbanization in China
  • AE 496G – Building Case Studies
  • AE 496K – International Construction

Courses count as:

  • ARCH 499D – Substitute for either ARCH 441 or ARCH 442
  • AE 496F – GS
  • AE 496G* – Department Elective
  • AE 496K – Department Elective

* Structural M.A.E students may not use AE 496G and AE 496K as department electives.

Visa Information

ALL students are required to apply for a Multiple Entry Visa for China AND a student visa for Hong Kong.

We MUST submit the China visa application to the Chinese consulate in New York City. Professor Moses Ling will be coordinating a group for the visa application.

Visas for Hong Kong will begin with an invitation letter from the Hong Kong University sometime in the spring semester.



Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394