Study Engineering in China is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to obtain global engineering experience in contemporary China. Students will visit major historical and industrial sites as well as high-tech research institutes in Chengdu, China. Students will join Professor Bin Liang’s research group in Sichuan University. The program includes lectures, lab visits, engineering field trips and engineering demonstrations. Experienced engineers and faculty members in Sichuan University will be invited to lecture on special topics and advanced chemical engineering experience. The topics may cover chemical, mechanical, biological and computer engineering. Despite its technical nature, this course may accommodate students from any academic discipline interested in learning more about comparative engineering practices in China.
Engineering field trips together with Chinese students in Sichuan University include a tour of more than 2000 years old irrigation system, Giant Panda Park, Leshan Giant Buddha (the largest Buddha statue in the world). Students will enjoy sightseeing, Chinese folk dance, music and Chinese arts arranged and provided by Sichuan University. WMU students will interact with Sichuan University students in the same class. Dr. Bin Liang from Sichuan University and Dr. Dewei Qi from WMU will be the co-instructors and will accompany the group throughout the program. This program will allow students to explore global engineering opportunities and strengthen working skills with global engineering disciplines.
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Location & Related Consideration
Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province, is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, the city covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometers (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million (TravelChinaGuide, 2017).
Accommodation for Disabilities/Special Needs:
Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at (269) 387-2116 ahead of their term abroad. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the study abroad course's instructor. For more information, visit WMU Disability Services for Students
Safety and Security:
Students are expected to research their country of destination to learn more about issues related to safety, security, and physical and mental health. For general information about China, consult The CIA's World Factbook and the U.S. State Department. If the state department has designated any travel destination as level 3 or higher, or if the travel destination(s) contain regions designated level 3 or higher, participants must sign a WMU travel waiver prior to travel. For specific information related to safety and security, consult OSAC (United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security). For advice concerning health issues and related concerns, consult Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finally, once students receive a message that they have been enrolled, they can also use resources provided by WMU's International Health and Emergency Insurance provider, GeoBlue.
The following general comments are derived from OSAC: Petty crimes (pickpocketing, credit card fraud, financial scams) do occur with some regularity, often targeting Americans and other foreigners. Petty crime occurs on public transportation, in shopping areas, and at tourist sites. Thieves commonly target cell phones, cameras, and other high value items. Wallets should be placed in front pockets, and the shoulder straps of purses across one’s body, keeping them in view and under control at all times. If you use a backpack, do not place items of worth inside.
Infrastructure measures, construction safety standards, licensing, and regulatory procedures vary by country. Try to avoid travel in unsafe vehicles on unsafe roads, and exercise caution when using stairways, ramps, and handrails. Take extra precaution when hiking in areas with poor trail geography and infrastructure, especially if guardrails and other safety features are missing or dilapidated. Bring and use bug spray to help protect against insect-borne illnesses, especially from mosquitos and ticks. Protests occur frequently on university campuses and in public spaces; avoid these protests and refrain from engaging with (including photographing) the demonstrations. In addition to consulting the above-mentioned governmental agencies, review the WMU website, especially the section entitled “Health and Safety Abroad
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Good academic standing; minimum 2.0 GPA. Open to students of all majors. Selection preference will be given to Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Biological, and Industrial Manufacturing Engineering, Science, Aviation, Math, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Geo-science, Biology, Pre-medical, and other science and engineering majors.
Students will earn 3 credits of ENGR 3400 upon successful completion of this program. ENGR 3400 counts for students' general education area IV requirement. Instruction will take place in a variety of contexts including cultural events, visits to various organizations, and group discussion.
Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors to determine how the course will count toward degree requirements and to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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Cost & Financial Aid
To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here
. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid
to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
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Students will be housed in JinJiang Inn, 36, Kehua North Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu
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Daily Schedule - Engineering in China.pdf
Tentative itinerary subject to change.
Note: Participants must attend all scheduled classes and participate in all activities during official program time, which is determined by the faculty director. Before making any side plans, students should first confirm them with the director. In particular, applicants are encouraged to pay close attention to the Statement of Responsibility included within the application which further details this requirement.
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Dr. Dewei Qi
Professor of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
WMU Study Abroad:
Assistant Director Study Abroad
2425F Ellsworth Hall
Tel. (269) 387-5890
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