Networking in China

Networking in China
Networking in China
Networking in China
Networking in China

This IST 297 Spring/Summer course (1+1 credit) serves as an international enhancement to other IST courses that are related to networking technologies, including introduction to networking (IST 220) and network security (IST 451). The objectives of this course include giving students hands-on experience of designing, configuring, and testing networking systems. Another important aspect of the course objective is to allow students to obtain experience with working with people with different cultural backgrounds  in a project team setting, thus enhancing their communications and team-work skills.


The first half of the course prepares students with technical and cultural backgrounds that they need for the international component of the course. The on campus part of the course starts after Spring Break and ends in the final week of Spring. The class will meet once a week.The second half of the course (in Summer) is the study abroad component. A tentative schedule for the international trip for this course is shown in the itinerary.

Course enrollment and prerequisites

Course enrollment  in this course will be limited to IST students who have taken the networking course (IST 220) and received a B or above grade. The total enrollment for this course is expected to be about 10 students. Selection of students for this international course will be based on knowledge and experience in networking technologies, demonstrated professionalism, and overall academic performance.


Students will be responsible for all international program costs which include round trip airfare, local transportation, lodging and most meals except breakfasts and the welcome group meal. Penn State Abington encourages study abroad for this reason student costs for this program will be about $2,000. The real cost for the program is over $3,000. This travel cost is in addition to the cost of tuition.

Passports and visas

A valid passport is required for international travel. United State citizens do require a visa to travel to China. Non-US citizens may require a visa in addition to their national passport and should consult their embassy for information.

Dr. Dolores Rafter Arevalo
Dr. Dolores Rafter Arevalo

Dr. Qiang Duan, Assistant Professor of Information Science & Technology



Mr. Joe Oakes, Senior Instructor of IST



Filling out this online form does not commit you to the program. It indicates interest. You will be contacted by Global Programs Office with more program details.