Notre Dame Engineering students have the unique opportunity to live, conduct research, and collaborate on industry and project-based work with university peers in Japan and China.
The 4-7 week-long programs are tailored to your interests and goals. Notre Dame engineers research, collaborate, and solve real-life industry problems alongside their Chinese or Japanese peers and present solutions to industry partners at the end of the program.
In Japan, you’ll live and conduct research at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), working with industry leaders at Yaskawa.
In China, you’ll live and conduct research at the South University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), working with industry leaders at AgJunction in ShenZhen.
The China and Japan summer programs are led by Notre Dame Professor Bill Goodwine.
All students enroll (3-6 credits) in the following summer engineering course.
- AME 40498: Special Studies: International Collaborative Industrial Project
Program departures vary by student.
- Japan: 4 weeks in June
- China: End of June to 1 week before beginning of classes
2021 Sample Program Calendar
- June: Leave the U.S.
- June: Arrive in Japan/China
- June: Program begins
- June: Depart for home
Some students extend their stay and engage in a summer-long research experience.
Students live in a combination of dorms and apartments.
The program fee for 2021 Kitakyushu, Japan is $4,000, plus a $200 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.
The program fee for 2021 ShenZhen, China is $4,000 or $8,000, plus a $200 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.
The program fee includes the cost of a number of Notre Dame engineering credits (varies by each student); accommodations; some group meals; airport transportation; GeoBlue international health insurance; all program academic outings and field trips; and program support from Notre Dame faculty.
It does not include airfare and meals; passport/visa fees; international cell phone/plan; or personal spending money.
All students are considered for need-based engineering scholarships to help unwrite program costs.
Apply annually in October through November 15. Program assignments and waitlist notifications occur before Christmas break.