Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP) - in China Academic Program Description
Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP in China) is a nine-semester B.S. degree program that combines a major in one of four engineering disciplines (civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical), a minor in Chinese, and one academic year of study in China. The program allows students to gain linguistic and cultural proficiency in the Chinese language and prepares them for careers with Chinese or U.S. companies that operate globally.
VIEP in China students fulfill the following requirements:
Chinese language classes that begin in the third semester with opportunities for intensive language study in Chinese as early as the first semester
Residence with native Chinese speakers
One semester studying at Zhejiang University in the city of Hangzhou and one semester and summer working in China
Study Abroad Program Description
Hangzhou is the site of one of four Valpo Study Centers. During the Fall semester, it features an on-site Resident Director who teaches some program courses, and also coordinates group excursions and cultural activities. The learning experience extends far beyond the classroom walls.
The city of Hangzhou is a former dynastic capital located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, about two hours from Shanghai by train. Its reputation as an attractive city contributed to the proverb "Above there is Paradise; below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou." The city is a center of industry and agriculture, as well as tourism, particularly famous for its silk and tea products, its natural beauty - including the famous West Lake, and a blend of modern urban life, and rich cultural tradition.
Zhejiang University is a top research university in China with 39,000 students including 9,500 graduate students. VIEP students will stay at the Yuquan campus which hosts about 2,000 international students and offers entry to advanced-level Chinese language and cultural classes.
During the Fall semester students enroll in intensive Chinese language courses to further develop language skills, some courses at Zhejiang University, ?and additional courses taught by the Valpo Resident Director as desired. At Valpo, students will enroll in a placeholder course that allows them to maintain their full-time student status on campus. Courses/grades will be added retro-actively post-program upon receipt of transcript/grade information.
For the second semester and into the summer students work for a U.S.-based or Chinese company or participate in a research project at a Chinese university for their a co-op/internship which will allow them to gain valuable technical, cultural and linguistic experience. For the Valpo enrollment, students should follow instructions from their academic advisors/departments with regards to enrollment and fulfilling academic requirements.
The program typically runs from late August through June/July. Start date will be dependent upon ZJU term dates, which typically are shared in the official host acceptance letters. End date will depend on the timeline for the internship/co-op.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Eligible participants will be pursuing the Valparaiso International Engineering Program in China degree and apply to study for their fourth year in the program, or as directed by their academic advisors. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is March 1, 2017. After the application deadline applications will be reviewed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee as they would during a semester on-campus at Valpo. For the first semester, housing will be paid to Valpo at a flat rate equivalent to the lowest rate of housing on campus. For the second semester, students will pay their for their accommodation directly to the university or housing provider.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.