Taipei, Taiwan

Communications, Business + Political Economy

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Information for term Communications, Business + Political Economy

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 31, 2020 – Jan 18, 2021 (20 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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In Taipei, Chinese culture is embroidered with the threads of Japanese, southeast Asian, and U.S. influence. Spend the semester immersed in this unique environment to explore business, media, and politics – and ways in which they’re intertwined. Select from an impressive list of courses across a range of academic areas at CIEE Taipei and our partner school, National Chengchi University (NCCU), while immersing yourself in the rich culture of Taipei – where diversity is embraced, and the community is warm and welcoming. Options for internships are also available for students who want to gain real-world work experience at a local company. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Get an edge

    with the advanced curriculum and outstanding facilities of the international master’s programs in International Communication Studies and Asia Pacific Studies.

  • Build your resume

    with an internship at a Taipei media company.

  • Gain the upper hand

    on Chinese language with custom classes and support from peer partner.

  • colleges and universities

  • of all Taiwan’s citizens live in the Taipei metro area

  • floors in Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building


Location & Culture

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Taipei’s temptations include the modern – like Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings – and the ancient – like Bao’an Temple and jade treasures at the National Palace Museum. Though not a top stop for tourists, Taipei is the vibrant political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China. Night markets brim with a kaleidoscope of tastes, and hot springs create an escape from the bustle. The city is also known for its music, film, and television, which reverberate throughout East Asia.

The Culture


  • Try on the local culture by joining into birthday celebration rituals for Confucius(fall), or the one-week Crazy Mazu festival in the spring.
  • Explore city treasures like the Palace Museum, where the vast Chinese art collection stretches back dynasty over dynasty.
  • Visit tea plantations, porcelain workshops, and temples.
  • Take a three-day excursion to Sun Moon Lake, Tarago Gorge, or Tainan to connect with local community members and see life outside Taipei.
  • Meet with many locals and expatriates, including journalists, diplomats, business leaders and educators, to get feel for working life here.
  • Jump into university life by joining a student club or sports team.


  • Volunteering. Taiwanese culture supports a unique bounty of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations supporting an array of causes – education, cultural improvement, marginalized people and immigrants, better housing, gender equality, and more. We’ll help you find a match!
  • Internships. Gain experience with hands-on work in a professional setting, at a range of Taiwanese and international enterprises.
  • Target Language Meals. Gather with language teachers, local students, and CIEE staff members to practice your Chinese skills in a relaxed setting.
  • Peer support. Connect with Cultural Ambassadors - Taipei university students that share tips on language and culture – and often become long-lasting friends.

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    Campus Dorms: Men and women’s dorms are on the NCCU campus, about a 5 minute walk from CIEE Taipei. Dorms include 24-hour security and laundry facilities, with bathrooms and study lounges on each floor. Internet access provided. 

    Academic Year Student Housing: Housing between fall and spring semesters is not covered by the fee, and students must find and pay for accommodations during this break. CIEE staff can help identify options.


    Campus Dorms: Students are responsible for meals. There are options on campus, and in the neighborhood.

Taipei, Taiwan

Where You'll Study

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    NCCU is eight miles from downtown Taipei.

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    Near NCCU campus.

What People are Saying

  • "I would recommend the Taiwan program because of the great support they gave me along with the easy to understand application process. My time abroad was the best because of the great support group I found in the Taiwan CIEE office, from the ambassadors to the Chinese teachers to the staff, I have found a friend in every single one of the people in the office and it has made all the difference."

    Tiffany, Santa Clara University,Fall 16
  • "Getting acclimated to the city and culture of Taipei, and feeling genuinely comfortable. Singing karaoke with my ambassador friends, going to mao kong for tea with my Chinese class, experiencing the mazu pilgrimage firsthand. These are only a few of the experiences. I loved them all though."

    Adam, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Spring 17

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Taipei provides students with the unique opportunity to learn Mandarin using traditional characters and the latest teaching methods and take courses in business, media, and politics. Students directly enroll at National Chengchi University (NCCU) and select from more than 40 content courses taught in English from six colleges and 14 departments. Some graduate courses are also open to CIEE students. Students with superior Chinese language skills can also select from hundreds of courses taught in Chinese across nine colleges and 29 departments. One semester of college-level Asian studies is recommended.

National Chengchi University (NCCU) was established in 1927 and is one of Taiwan’s top educational institutions, renowned for its social sciences and liberal arts colleges. Its business school is highly ranked and accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS and is one of the best in Asia. Its communications school offers darkrooms, a digital reporting and editing lab, a radio and TV production center, and a computer animation studio. NCCU hosts 9,000 undergraduates and is located just eight miles from Taipei. The green riverside campus sits at the foot of a mountain and the neighborhood caters to university students, with many restaurants and cafés.

CIEE Taipei is conveniently located near the NCCU campus. Chinese language courses are taught by teaching professionals from the Chinese Language Center at NCCU, in coordination with the CIEE Taipei director, who served as an adjunct faculty member and graduate student advisor. English language electives are taught by faculty from NCCU.


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    Content courses: Classes are held Monday through Friday. Class size ranges from 20 to 200 students and include Taiwanese undergraduate or graduate students and other international students. Chinese language courses are small classes that meet for two hours, three times a week, and include only CIEE students. Students are encouraged to participate. Professors use traditional Chinese characters and the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system, also commonly used in mainland China, although students have the option to learn the Zhuyin Fuhao system too.


    Most NCCU courses are graded based on results of a midterm and final exam; some include quizzes, homework, and in-class participation. Grades are calculated on a percentage basis and converted to U.S. letter grade equivalents of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F. University transcripts are released the following semester.


    Teaching styles and requirements vary from course to course, and syllabi for some courses may not be available prior to enrollment. As such students are expected to be both proactive and diligent in terms of meeting the requirements of each course. Class attendance is mandatory.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.


    1 semester of college-level Asian studies is recommended


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits
Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 135 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 120 research hours
  • Chinese language courses: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 90 contact hours
  • National Chengchi University courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 18-54 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and Chinese


  • Chinese language course (depending on language level)
  • 3-5 CIEE/NCCU elective courses

Course Notes

  • Students with fewer than 8 semesters of college-level Chinese must take a Chinese language course
  • The CIEE Internship and CIEE Directed Independent Research courses require pre-approval from the CIEE Taipei Center Director and the home institution advisor prior to the start of the semester.

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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NCCU courses vary from semester to semester. Some courses have prerequisites and enrollment caps. Priority enrollment, especially for required and over-enrolled courses, may be given to matriculated students in the department. Course instructors have the final decision regarding who is eligible to enroll. As such, international students need to be flexible in their course choice. Students are encouraged to contact their study abroad advisor at their home institution for course approval prior to enrollment.


Below is a list of typical courses taught in English at NCCU. For a complete list of all current undergraduate and graduate level courses taught in English, including course prerequisites and some syllabi, go to Students majoring in communications may be interested in taking coursework in the International Master’s Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS). Students with significant previous coursework in Asian studies may be interested in the International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS). Undergraduate CIEE students may enroll in a graduate level course in one of these two programs. A sampling of courses for both of these unique graduate-level programs is listed below.


Department of Accounting

  • Fundamental Accounting

Department of Business Administration

  • Calculus
  • Global Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing Management

Department of Finance

  • Financial Management
  • Investments

Department of International Business

  • Economics
  • Fixed Income Securities: Analytics and Derivatives
  • Macroeconomics

Department of Management Information Systems

  • Calculus
  • Management Science
  • New Media Technology Applications

Department of Risk Management and Insurance

  • Risk Management
  • Department of Statistics
  • Statistics


Department of English

  • Bible and Literature
  • English Literature: Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
  • English Literature: The Romantic Period
  • European Literature
  • History of English Language
  • Introduction to Anglo-American Philosophy
  • Introduction to Psycholinguistics
  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Shakespeare
  • TESOL Practicum
  • Western Literature: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance


Department of Diplomacy

  • International Law
  • International Relations


Department of Law

  • International Corporate Governance
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Law Practice


Department of History

  • Early American Republic: 1787–1848
  • World History: World War II and After


Department of Economics

  • Economics
  • International Finance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Money and Finance

Department of Political Science

  • Political Science

Department of Public Finance

  • Public Finance

General Education Courses in Humanities

  • American Sports History
  • Art in Taiwan
  • Multiculturalism and Modern Citizen on Campus


For a complete list of departments and programs at NCCU, go to


Department of Accounting

  • Business Valuation and Valuation Standards
  • International Financial Reporting Standards and Related Implementation of Best Practices
  • Laws and Regulations of Securities

Department of Business Administration

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Policy
  • Management Science
  • Modern Japanese Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Department of Finance

  • Financial Institution Management
  • Industry Analysis
  • Portfolio Managements

Department of International Business

  • Financial Economics
  • International Economic and Trade Law
  • International Financial Management
  • Senior Research Seminar in International Trade and Investment
  • Special Topics on International Business Management

Department of Management Information System

  • E-Commerce Strategy
  • Management Science
  • New Media Technology Applications
  • Production and Marketing Information System
  • System Analysis and Design

Department of Money and Banking

  • Financial Business Ethics
  • Financial Innovation and Computation
  • Foreign Exchange Operation
  • Introduction to China Financial Market
  • Seminar on the Operation of Bank Insurance

Department of Risk Management and Insurance

  • Financial Holding Company Regulation and Risk Management
  • Financial Marketing
  • Risk Management

Department of Statistics

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Time Series Analysis


Department of Advertising

  • Advertising Theories
  • Creative Strategy and Planning
  • Digital Media Creation
  • Modern Art Appreciation
  • Public Affairs Reporting and Public Relations Writing
  • Public Relations Strategy and Planning

Department of Journalism

  • Communication Psychology
  • Design and Production of International Communication Internship
  • News Media Editing- Network News
  • News Photography
  • Seminar on Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Specialized Reporting and Writing Studies of Reportage

Department of Radio and Television

  • Acoustics
  • Art and Social Practice
  • Organizational Communicating
  • Practicum for Audio/Video Production and Management
  • Seminar on Basic Television and Film Directing
  • Seminar on Cinema and Politics
  • Seminar on Script Adaptation


Department of Education

  • Campus Narratives: From Creative Imagination to Innovative Practice
  • Performing Arts
  • Theory and Design of Learning Sciences
  • Strategic Brand Management


Department of Arabic Language and Literature

  • Human Geography of the Middle East
  • International Affairs of the Arab Countries
  • Politics-Economic Relations in the Middle East
  • Study on the Ethnic Conflict in the Middle East

Department of Korean Language and Culture

  • Economics and Trade of Korea
  • Introduction to Korean Literature
  • Korean Arts and Life


Department of Diplomacy

  • Conflict Management
  • Diplomatic History of China
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Study of Mainland China

College of Law

  • Department of Law
  • Business Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Introduction to Labor Law and Social Welfare Law
  • Law and Information
  • Legal Ethics
  • Public International Law


Department of Chinese Literature

  • Buddhism of the Sui and Tang Dynasties
  • Calligraphy
  • Classical Canons of the Han Dynasty
  • The Dream of the Red Chamber
  • Historical Chinese Phonology
  • Historical Chinese Script
  • I-Ching (The Great Changes)
  • Mandarin and Chinese Grammar
  • Readings of Selected Modern Chinese Prose
  • Selected Readings of the Hua-Pen

Department of History

  • Diplomatic History of Republican China
  • History of Popular Culture in Modern Taiwan
  • Special Topics on Archives and History in Republican China
  • Special Topics on Literati, Local Society, and Country in Imperial China
  • Special Topics on Modern Art and Modernism

Department of Philosophy

  • Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom
  • Ethics
  • History of Chinese Philosophy: Philosophy of the Song, Ming, and Qing Dynasties
  • Hsuen Tze’s Philosophy
  • Metaphysics


Department of Computer Science

  • Contemporary Cryptography
  • Database Systems
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Java Programming
  • Social Cloud Computing
  • Social Network and Applications

Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Applications of Mathematics Software
  • Derivatives Markets
  • Financial Mathematics

Department of Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Learning and Cognition
  • Psychological Testing
  • Statistics for Psychology and Education
  • Theory and Technique of Counseling and Psychotherapy


Department of Economics

  • Economics of Uncertainty and Information
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Industrial Economics
  • International Finance
  • Study of Chinese Economics

Department of Ethnology

  • Design and Formation of Museum Exhibition
  • Ethnography of Taiwan
  • Indigenous Social Work
  • Languages of Taiwan Aborigines-Amis
  • Languages of Taiwan Aborigines-Seediq
  • Perspective of Ethnology and Anthropology in Taiwan and Japan
  • World Ethnography

Department of Land Economics

  • City Transportation Planning
  • Housing Problems and Policies
  • Introduction to Land Resources
  • Introduction to Real Estate
  • Real Estate Management

Department of Political Science

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Economic Transition and Social Development in China
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Mainland China Government and Politics
  • Political Development
  • Political Public Relations

Department of Public Administration

  • Conflict Management: Ethics and Negotiation
  • Globalization
  • Non-Profit Organization Management
  • Performance Management
  • Sociology of Media

Department of Public Finance

  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Economic Issues of the Indigenous People
  • Financial Analysis in Green Energy
  • Theory and Practice of Property Taxation

Department of Sociology

  • Globalization
  • Indigenous Social Work
  • Mapping Taiwan’s Pop-Music as Digital Archive
  • Sociology of Media
  • The Studies on Taiwan Society

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Taiwanese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 20 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 31, 2020* Jan 18, 2021*
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,433 **

Housing = $2,050

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,500

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $2,150

Total Estimated Costs = $5,410

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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