Cal Poly Global Program - Engineering in China

Studying in China offers you the chance to embrace a new culture and learn about a country with a history dating back thousands of years, whose economy has been growing dramatically these past two decades. Knowledge of China is increasingly desired by employers and provides you an edge in your resume. In addition to gaining such a study abroad experience, you are able to accelerate your academic degree progress by earning Cal Poly academic credits.

This Cal Poly faculty led global program is designed to offer Cal Poly students a multidisciplinary international team experience. International teams will be formed consisting of Cal Poly students and Chinese students from Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) and you will take classes and conduct projects together with the intent of applying the knowledge they acquire to solve real-world problems. Through this experience, you will learn how to work in a team with different cultural backgrounds. You will gain problem-solving skills by conducting real world projects. You will also improve communication skills and develop leadership skills in a multi-cultural environment. It is expected that students will be ready to function in a global environment after this program.

Welcome to Hangzhou, China

Six days of cultural excursions in Hangzhou and Shanghai are part of the program. We will visit the Bund and the 100th floor of the Financial Center in Shanghai, and taste famous Nanxiang Steamed Bun (Baozi) at Yu Garden and have a nice buffet dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. West Lake of Hangzhou, a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, is a must visit place. In addition, we will experience the beauty of Suzhou classical garden, ride a boat at the Xixi Wetland National Park, and taste spring water from the Tiger Spring.

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This program is open to undergraduate students in all Engineering fields


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not actively on academic probation
  • Good disciplinary standing

Minimum Enrollment

  • 16 students

Maximum Enrollment

  • 24 students

How to Apply

First, attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module. Then, click the 'Apply Now' button to apply for this program.
The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. Students will be notified of their application status by February 15, 2019.

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Students take three Architecture courses, including two major requirements and one professional elective.
You will earn Cal Poly credit on this program. All courses are taught in English.

Course # Course Title Unit
STAT 312 Statistical Methods for Engineers 4
ENGR 400 Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduate 2
IME 471 Selected Advanced Laboratory 1
Chinese Language & Culture No Credit

Contact information:

Office Phone: 805-756-2540
Office Hours: Tues & Wed 8:40 am - 11:00 am
Bldg: 192 Rm: 235

Jianbiao Pan

Faculty Leader: Dr. Jianbiao Pan is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. His teaching interests include statistical data analysis, design and analysis of experiment, quality engineering, reliability engineering, electronics manufacturing, and microelectronics packaging. He is an ASQ-Certified Quality Engineer and an ASQ-Certified Reliability Engineer.

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