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 the Tsinghua campus 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 (AME 44498). 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.
The program will admit up to approximately 10 Notre Dame students for the Summer of 2014. In the summer of 2012, two students participated, in the summer of 2013, 5 students participated and in the summer of 2014, 8 students participated.
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 was from June 24, 2012 through August 11, 2012.
The program was from June 30, 2013 through August 16, 2013.
The program was from June 29, 2014 through August 14, 2014.
AME students that have completed their sophomore or junior years enrolled in an engineering program at Notre Dame are eligible for the program. Students from other engineering programs may participate, but the overall group must be a majority AME students because the projects are mechanical in nature and the advisors in China are mechanical engineers. To date, one student from outside AME participated, and had a positive experience and was able to significantly contribute to the project.
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.
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 billed $2500 for the 2012 program and $3000 2013 program. In 2013, a $500 deposit was required in January and the balance, $2500 was due early in the summer.
The fee includes
- housing (international student dorms on campus)
- Notre Dame and Tsinghua administration and advising fees
- project travel expenses, including 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, other daily incidentals and personal travel. Such expenses are of course highly variable, but rough estimates are
- Airfare: $1400-2000 round-trip
- Food: $15/day (probably highly over-estimated)
- 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