The CWRU/Tianjin Exchange Program

What is the CWRU/Tianjin Exchange?

The four-week Tianjin University Exchange runs from mid-May to mid-June and involves laboratory experiences, plant trips, classes in language and culture, and sightseeing in Tianjin, China while working with Tianjin students and faculty.

You are eligible to participate in the program if you’re a CSE student and you’ve completed at least one year of classes.

Why should I attend the CWRU Tianjin Exchange?

  • Study at one of China’s highly ranked universities.
  • Immerse yourself in China’s culture while experiencing the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace.
  • Learn to maneuver in an unfamiliar culture by taking Chinese language and culture classes such as calligraphy, tai chi, Chinese cooking, and seal cutting.
  • Participate in lab experiences while working with students and faculty from CWRU and Tianjin.
  • Form new friendships and networks with Tianjin students.


Fiona Liu

Second-year Mechanical Engineering major, aerospace engineering focus


Why Tianjin University?

Established in 1895, Tianjin University was the first university in China. It is regarded as one of the largest multidisciplinary engineering universities in China and is known for achievements in engineering and the sciences, as well as for its nationally recognized laboratories and research centers on campus.  

Tianjin University enrolls more than 1,500 international students. It was one of the first Chinese universities to seek out foreign universities to establish international programs.

What if I don’t know Chinese?

No formal Chinese language skills are required for this experience. You’ll be accompanied by Tianjin University student ambassadors during activities and trips off campus. Prior to departure, you will participate in a week-long preparatory class to gain better understanding and knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

How do I apply?

For more information or to apply to the program, contact Debbie Fatica or visit the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice (Nord 312).