The CHEN faculty-led study abroad experience is a three-week program in Tianjin, China that offers chemical engineering students the opportunity not only to broaden their technical skills but also to become familiar with one of the most dynamic and culturally significant countries in the world.

Students will receive full Texas A&M credit upon successful completion of this program.

Students also will have the opportunity to participate in both cultural and technical field trips, and Mandarin Chinese instruction will be available.

Qualifying students are eligible for departmental scholarships.

Courses Offered

455. Process Safety Engineering (3-0). Credit 3.

Applications of engineering principles to process safety and hazards analysis, mitigation, and prevention, with special emphasis on the chemical process industries. Includes source modeling for leakage rates, dispersion analysis, relief valve sizing, fire and explosion damage analysis, hazards identification, risk analysis, accident investigations, etc.

Prerequisite: Senior level in any engineering major.

489. Bioreactors and Bioprocessing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Microbial kinetics and reactor designs for processes involving single and mixed cultures. Overview of industrial scale expression systems and bioprocess unit operations.  Case studies drawn from tissue culture and vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, recombinant DNA and hybridomas.


At this time the estimated cost of the program is to be determined, which will include study abroad administrative fees, group meals, residence hall accommodations in Tianjin, Mandarin Chinese language instruction, cultural field trips to area sites and attractions, program-related transportation, international health insurance and various field trip expenses. Not included in this cost is six hours of Texas A&M University tuition and fees (must be paid before departure), textbook(s), course supplies, round-trip airfare, passport, meals and personal expenses.


Open to all chemical engineering majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Open to other engineering majors with permission of course instructors.

Good standing with Texas A&M University.

Students must attend all study abroad program-specific meetings and the general orientation workshop in the semester prior to departure.

Financial Aid

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into types of financial assistance that are available. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office. Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include the Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. These awards are based on merit or financial need. Qualifying students are eligible for scholarships from the Chemical Engineering Department. Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of study abroad programs.

Contact a financial aid counselor at 979-845-3236 for information.

How to Apply

Applications are available online at