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Dalian University of Technology in China

Study Abroad at the Dalian University of Technology in China

Located in Dalian, a coastal city in the Liaoning province of northeastern China, Dalian University of Technology is one of the top national universities in China. DUT was founded in 1949 with a focus on engineering. Since then DUT has developed programs in applied science, economic management, and humanities.

Due to DUT's excellence in engineering, energy and environment research, Penn State has established close ties with DUT through collaborative research efforts and the development of the Joint Center for Energy Research which facilitates research ventures in technology and energy sciences.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has partnered with Dalian University of Technology to produce this 6 week program focusing on how China is dealing with the energy and environmental challenges caused by the growth of the Chinese economy. The program is open to Penn State students (including Chinese nationals) in all majors.

Penn State Students will take EITHER two pre-determined courses focused on energy, business, and environmental policy in China, OR one of the two pre-determined courses PLUS one or two Chinese language courses. Credits will be transferred back to PSU.

Some extracurricular activities include tours of Dalian and neighboring cities and visits to both domestic and foreign-invested enterprises in Dalian. Dalian is one of the most economically open and dynamic cities in China and one of the hubs for foreign investment by Japanese, South Korean, and multi-national companies.

Watch a "Penn State Comes to Dalian!" prezi.

Download the DUT Summer Term Abroad brochure.


No prerequisites for this program.

Education Abroad Credits

You will receive 6-7 credits for the courses taken at Dalian, and your grades will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. For students doing the "old" EBF general option plan, the 6-7 credits count towards your requirement for 400-level electives, for students doing the "new" EBF general option plan, 3 credits of courses taken on the Dalian program count toward your 400-level elective requirement and 3 credits can substitute for EBF 484. Courses taken on the Dalian program can also count for 6 credits towards the minor in East Asian Studies. You may not take any courses overseas on a pass/fail basis.

Students must take 6-7 credits from the following courses:

  • Overview of the Chinese Economy (3 credits):  The modern Chinese economy consists of a unique combination of state control, state enterprises, and free market entrepreneurship.  This course examines how these segments of the economy work together and how they have generated substantial economic growth for China.

  • Chinese Energy and Environment Policy and Management (3 credits): China faces great challenges supplying energy for its growing economy, as well as issues of energy security. Moreover, with economic growth come increased concerns about pollution and other environmental issues. This course examines the Chinese energy and environment regulatory frameworks, how they have acted to increase energy production and protect the environment in China; and the economic and business implications of these policies.

  • Chinese Language Courses (3-4 credits): Various courses in Chinese Listening, Speaking, Reading or Writing (Elementary, intermediate or advanced levels). (See the spreadsheet for details).

A free non-credit survival Chinese course is offered to students who know little about Chinese.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Housing and Meals

Penn State students will be housed in dormitories with other international students arranged by the International Student Recruitment Office at Dalian. Students will have access to a public kitchen if they wish to prepare their own meals, or they can eat at dining halls on campus.

It is also possible for students if they want to stay with a hosting family.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheet listed. The budget sheet includes information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Finances.

For More Information

For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative. Also, feel free to review the Global Programs webpage on DUT.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Longnecker,, the education abroad adviser for this program, or the faculty advisor, Professor Zhen Lei,

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.