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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Hangzhou, China; Huangshan City (Yellow Mountain), China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: No
Minimum GPA: 2 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Group
Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Duration: Short Term
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Program Description:
China: Engineering, STS, Intl

Information Session

Come meet the faculty and learn all about this program. All relevant questions will be happily answered and refreshments provided.
Date Location Time
Nov 14th, 2018 Rm. 2236, EB III 6:00p
China is a growing economic and political player on the world stage. It will undoubtedly impact your professional career in ways no one yet can determine. This program will provide you with an opportunity to experience and learn about this country, its people and culture to be better prepared for what the future may hold while you earn credit towards your NC State degree. But don't take our word for it, see what the faculty and participants of the 2017 program had to say.

This program is based in one of China's most beautiful cities, Hangzhou (3 hours south of Shanghai or 42 minutes by high-speed train). Become immersed in campus and Chinese daily life through special cultural and class activities, planned excursions (including a pre-program to Beijing, and post-program trips to Huangshan's Yellow Mountain National Park, and Shanghai) and scheduled interaction events with Chinese students. Past participants have seen a Shanghai acrobats performance, visited the 400-year-old Yuyuan Gardens, walked the Great Wall, learned about traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese calligraphy; and engaged with local Chinese students from Zhejiang University.

Students select two courses from the following 3-credit hour options, for a total of 6 credits. NC State faculty teach all courses except FL 295, which is taught by local Zhejiang University faculty and is for transfer credit only. All other courses taken will earn NC State credit.

  • Courses
    • PS 231: Intro to International Relations
    • MAE 214: Solid Mechanics
    • STS 490: Geographies of Energy
    • FL 295: Elementary Chinese (transfer credit)
  • NC State Program Cost
  • Program Dates
    • May 12 - June 23, 2019
  • Locations
    • Hangzhou, China
    • Travel to Beijing,  Shanghai, and Huangshan
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  • Eligibility
    • 2.0+ GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on academic integrity probation currently or during the prior semester
The city of Hangzhou, with a population of 9 million, is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is a political, economic and cultural center, and set to become the country's Silicon Valley known for its scenic beauty that draws many Chinese and international tourists. The International College of Zhejiang University is located on the Yuquan campus west of the city center at the base of low mountains. The mission of the College is the teaching of Chinese language and culture. Zhejiang University was founded in 1897 and is considered to be one of the three most outstanding universities in China. Located near the Yuquan campus is West Lake, one of Hangzhou's most renowned scenic features. The lake covers two square miles and is surrounded by parks, pavilions, and cultural sites, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011.

Students choose two courses from the following 3-credit hour options, for a total of 6 credits for the entire program.
PS 231: Introduction to International Relations, 3 credits
Dr. C.E. Griffin, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts, issues, events, and actors that contribute to an informed understanding of the nature of relations between and among nations. Politics, economics, culture, ethnicity, nationalism, terrorism, national and international sovereignty, self-determination, interdependence, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and globalization are among the concepts that will be covered. American students, in particular, will learn that the critical issues and actors influencing international relations originate outside of the US, in most cases. Nevertheless, the events precipitated by those issues and actors almost invariably have some impact on Americans at home. This factor is perhaps the most important reason why students must understand the interrelationship between issues, actors, and events. Additionally, students will learn to think about and make the connections between domestic and international issues, actors and events, including China's role as an emerging global actor. This course, therefore, is about life, and is important to political science- and non-political science majors alike.
MAE 214: Solid Mechanics, 3 credits
Dr. Yong Zhu, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Jeff Eischen, Professor, Mechanical Engineering.
This course studies concepts and theories of internal force, stress, strain, and strength of structural element under static loading conditions. Constitutive behavior for linear elastic structures. Deflection and stress analysis procedures for bars, beams, and shafts. Introduction to matrix analysis of structures. This course also entails working collaboratively with Chinese students on a redesign project with Caterpillar. Prerequisites: MA 242 and C- or better in [MAE 206 or CE 214].
STS 490: Issues in Science, Technology, and Society - Geographies of Energy, 3 credits
Ms. Lisa Marshall, Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement - Instructor – Adviser, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Energy plays an increasingly vital role in today’s society where questions around technologies, economics, living standards, policies & legislation are debated. This course will provide an introductory exploration of energy landscapes as influenced by such geographical factors as physical geography, political systems, cultural issues, history and economics/globalization. Energy resources will be examined at various scales – from extraction to production-distribution-acquisition-consumption through post production/waste management. What does it mean to have energy security from a technical and/or social standpoint? How does a state go about securing its energy? Where does or should such issues as climate change or use of risk technologies factor into decision making? National and regional boundaries along with typical binaries as developed-developing, east-west and biophysical-human are being challenged. Instead, a complex network of resources, actors, implications, and outcomes arise.
FL 395: Elementary Chinese, 3 credits 
This course will be taught by Zhejiang University International College faculty.
Calendar of Activity
The program will begin in Beijing with tours of the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and Olympic sites. Students will then travel by high-speed train to Hangzhou for classes, starting with orientations to the Yuquan Campus of Zhejiang University and the City of Hangzhou including a boat ride on West Lake and a visit to the Wushan Square/Hefange Lu (shopping street). Other activities include day trips to Tongli Water Town in Wujiang; the Dragon Boat Festival (Xixi Wetlands); attendance at West Lake Impressions (sound and light show) and the Romance of the Song Dynasty show; visits to: the National Tea Museum and adjacent tea plantation; the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (the longest and oldest canal or artificial river in the world); and the National Knife, Scissors and Sword Museums. Also included are several cultural lectures and social events with Chinese students as time and schedule permit. Following formal coursework, participants will travel to the old city of Tunxi and nearby city of Huangshan, and an excursion by cable car to Yellow Mountain National Park. Then, it is on to Shanghai where events include: a visit to the Shanghai Museum; the Oriental Pearl Radio and Television Tower (the fifth tallest building in the world at 350m); the temple of the Jade Buddha (the only reclining Buddha); the China Pavilion from Expo 2010; Nanjing Road's shopping district. Additional highlights include a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats, a night cruise on the Huang Pu River to enjoy the view of the Shanghai skyline, and a ride on the Maglev train.  

Participants will be housed in air-conditioned double rooms with private bath in the International College facility on Yuquan campus. Meals are the student's personal responsibility. There is a dining facility in the International College as well as several student cafeterias across the campus. Food in China is relatively inexpensive, especially on the campus; however, a wide variety of restaurant/eatery options await your once you exit the campus. You should budget about $400-$500 for meals for the entire program to cover eating off campus occasionally; however, since people's tastes and spending habits vary, you should budget accordingly as you will find interesting souvenirs to purchase at the Night Markets or at the various cultural sites that we visit.

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