Summer engineering program


The Wayne State University Summer Engineering Program is a unique four-week experience especially designed for undergraduate students attending WSU's partner universities. The purpose of this program is to allow international students to experience the U.S. culture, to challenge their creativity and imagination, and to enrich their conversational English language skills. The program integrates several day and weekend field trips which are both fun and educational, and allows ample opportunities for self-exploring and recreational activities. The program is managed by the WSU Office of International Programs and will be chaperoned by dedicated staff.

For more photos and perspectives visit the Xidian University student blogs Part 1 and Part 2 (in Chinese) by Zhao Shuchang and Peng Li.


  • Academic: Project-based, hands-on Engineering Design and Innovation course, or courses in Cyber Engineering, Big Data, Nanotechnology, and Sustainability
  • Language: Learning English through a course in Communication and Culture
  • Automotive capital of the world: Field trips to R&D laboratories and factories of major automotive and supplier companies, including: GM R&D Lab, Ford Rouge Factory, DTE Energy Wind Farm, and A-123 Systems
  • Cross-cultural experience: Activities for students to immerse in American culture, including: Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Great Lake Crossing Outlet Mall, and Detroit Tigers baseball game
  • Recreation: Various fitness classes and sports activities
  • Weekend exploration trips: Northern Michigan and other summer Michigan destinations

*Note: locations of field and exploration trips may change

Trip dates:

July 20, 2019 - August 9, 2019

A typical weekday

10 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon) Academic course (choose one)
12 p.m. (noon)-1 p.m. Lunch
1-3 p.m. Communication and Culture course OR Academic course
3-5 p.m. Recreation/explore Midtown/experience WSU classes with American students
5-7 p.m. Dinner
7-10 p.m. Evening activities and exploration

Fees and enrollment details

The program fee is $5,100 and includes:

  • Academic program
  • English enhancement program
  • Housing (two-person room or four-person suite)
  • Three daily on-campus meals
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Recreation center access
  • Field trips and weekend exploration trips

Not included in the program fee: airfare, J-1 visa document processing fee ($225), off-campus meals, student ID fee, laundry, linens, souvenirs, or personal spending money. The  summer engineering program has a maximum enrollment of 80 students. 

Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2019.