The Tea Institute at Penn State is an interdisciplinary research institute on The Pennsylvania State University’s University Park Campus. The Institute is dedicated to the study and preservation of all tea ceremony while expanding early student-led undergraduate research opportunities.
The Tea Institute runs the Traditional Chinese Tea (功夫茶) Ceremony Club, the Japanese Tea Ceremony (茶の湯) Club, and the Korean Tea Ceremony (한국 다례) Club, as well as The Penn State Tea House. These clubs offer training in their respective cultural ceremonies to students, faculty, and community members. The goal of these student organizations is to prepare individuals for the Tea Specialist Examination, a prerequisite for joining the Tea Institute at Penn State.
Members of the Institute are supported with opportunities for research, grants, scholarships, personal mentoring, experiential learning programs abroad, internships and work-study at the Penn State Tea House (蓝白茶館).