Engineering China Summer Program
Engineering China Summer Program
|This program is held collaboratively with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Tsinghua is one of the top ranked universities in China. The main location for the program will be at Tsinghua and its associated facilities in Beijing. The program will be approximately 7 weeks from mid-June through mid-August and students will receive 6 graded Notre Dame academic credits for their work. The program will consist of six credits of project work. Projects will be sponsored by multinational companies doing business in China. Notre Dame students and Tsinghua students will participate jointly and collaboratively, making the program a truly international experience and a good background for modern engineering of multinational scope.|
For the project component of the program, teams of 4-6 students with approximately equal number of Notre Dame and Chinese students, will complete projects that are provided by and actively managed by multinational companies. Travel to the company's China location(s) for an overview of their operations and project status reports is typically part of the program. Such travel will typically be overnight and to locations outside of Beijing. Weekly project reports to the academic adviser for the program as well as the industrial sponsor is required as is a final project report.
In the summer of 2012 a pilot program will be conducted with approximately four Notre Dame students. For this summer, the program will be entirely project-based work in collaboration with Chinese undergraduate students at Tshingua. Students will receive 6 academic credits for full participation in the program. The projects for the summer of 2012 will be provided and managed by Caterpillar and Timken.
In the summers of 2013 and beyond, the program will be comprised of three credits of project-based work on teams with Chinese students and three credits of coursework.
Housing and Meals
Housing expenses are included in the program fee. Housing for Notre Dame students will be in western-style dormitories located near the Tsinghua campus.
Meal and other daily incidental expenses are not included in the program fee.
The program will be from June 24, 2012 through August 11, 2012.
Typically the program will run from mid-June through mid-August.
Students that have completed their sophomore or junior years enrolled in an engineering program at Notre Dame are eligible for the program.
The project-based coursework will count as an AME Technical Elective in the Mechanical Engineering program and as a Professional Development elective in the Aerospace program.
- For ME students, up to six credits of the project-based work in this program can be used to satisfy the AME Technical Electives degree requirements. Note that there is a limit of six "nonclassroom" credits in the ME program, so this may impact whether future nonclassroom credit, such as undergraduate research, may be used to satisfy the ME program requirements.
- For AE students, up to three credits of the project-based work in this program may be used to satisfy the Professional Development degree requirements.
For years when a classroom course is offered, whether it satisfies degree requirements or satisfies elective requirements depends on the course. It is envisioned that typically the course offered will satisfy a junior-level course requirement in both the AE and ME programs.
Students from the other programs in the college of engineering should consult their program's Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine the manner in which the courses in this program may or may not be used to satisfy degree requirements in their program of study.
Student Accounts will bill $5000 for the 2013 program. The fee includes tuition, housing, insurance, Notre Dame and Tsinghua administration and advising fees and project travel expenses. Project travel expenses include rail or airfare to the company locations inside China as well as dormitory-style accommodations at the company locations.
Expenses not covered by that fee include airfare to and from the United States, Visa fees, food and other daily incidentals. Such expenses are of course highly variable, but rough estimates are
- Airfare: $1400 round-trip
- Food: $15/day
- Visa: $200
- Tourist and other incidentals: depends on the student.
Applications are solicited in the fall semester and students are notified of acceptance decisions in early January.
Students must have a passport and, if accepted, apply for a Visa in the spring semester. Note that the Visa application process may take several weeks and thus must be started early in the Spring semester. Typically US citizens may not travel to mainland China, other than Hong Kong, without a Visa. Visa services are provided on campus by Anthony Travel.
Please make initial inquiries to the contact at your home institution.
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Institute of Manufacturing Engineering