Nuclear Engineering - China

Each year approximately 15-20 undergraduate students from Texas A&M University join a student group of equal size from the College of Nuclear Science and Technology at Harbin Engineering University for the Nuclear Energy Summer School. The school consists of three key components: one week of lectures offered by Harbin Engineering University and Texas A&M University scholars with international reputations in reactor engineering, tours of nuclear power plants, and tours of cultural and historical sites. The nuclear power stations are selected from the 26 power plants currently under construction in China, with the goal to reveal power plants at different stages of construction and commissioning. The interactions between the students and their Chinese classmates, professors, and commercial power reactor personnel will greatly impact students’ understanding of international cooperation and globalization.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Increase international and globalization experience for undergraduates
  • Prompt educational exchange and cultural exchange

Faculty-led Program

    • Semester: Summer II
    • Dates: July 4 - 23, 2017
    • Major: Nuclear Engineering

Location Information

Students will have the opportunity to visit manufacturing sites (Harbin) for pressure vessel and pipes used in reactors, the first AP 1000 nuclear power plant construction sites (Sanmen), the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the China Nuclear Security Research Center (Beijing). 

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Lin Shao
(979) 845-4107

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Courses Offered

NUEN 485 - Reactor System Engineering

The summer program will count as a two hour directed studies course. This course will be evaluated by a combination of exam and formal report at the end of the program.

Eligibility & Requirements

Admission to this program is competitive and availability is limited. Applications will be evaluated on February 1, 2017. Evaluation will be based on academic performance, application package materials, and program goals. Only complete applications that meet all minimum admissions criteria will be accepted for evaluation.

Students who desire to study abroad in China must have:

      • Minimum of 2.5 GPA,
      • Good academic standing with university,
      • Approval of advisor (see below), and
      • Attendance at ALL program specific orientations.

Foreign Language Requirement

None! All courses are taught in English by Texas A&M University Faculty.

Advisor Approval

Students are required to meet with their departmental academic advisor regarding the courses taken abroad (required to take 6 hours). Upon approval into the program, you will receive an advisor approval form to go over with your advisor. Bring the completed form to Dawna Rosenkranz in the International Programs Office in EABA.

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2016 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2017. To apply, please visit:


Texas A&M University College of Engineering is guaranteeing a scholarship for every student who has a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, it is automatic if students meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application
  • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
  • Be admitted and confirmed by Feb. 15, 2017
  • Required to attend all Study Abroad Programs Office (SAPO) and College of Engineering pre-trip orientations
  • Submit requested documents by deadlines

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Group Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Visa fee, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $1,500
International Airfare $2,000
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* $1,500
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Personal Spending $varies
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Department of Nuclear Engineering Scholarship $1,000
Total Estimated Cost$3,645

*Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.