Taipei, Taiwan

Intensive Chinese Language + Culture

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Information for term Intensive Chinese Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 26 – Nov 30, 2018 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 25 – Nov 29, 2019 (14 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 24 – May 31, 2019 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 26, 2018 – May 31, 2019 (40 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Overview

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Whether you’re just beginning to learn Chinese or you’re well into your studies, you’ll find the support and inspiration to make big strides in Taipei. And that’s just the start. Explore the rich traditions and long-stretching history of a city where multiple cultures fuse into an exciting blend, while you get your fill of tasty finger foods, park side tai chi, karaoke, and more.

Unique experiences

  • Get the most from your time in Taiwan

    with the help of Taiwanese student ambassadors.

  • Gain the upper hand

    on the Chinese language with small, intensive classes to study traditional characters and standard Mandarin.

  • Keep an eye on the future

    by building your resume with an internship or independent research.

  • colleges and universities

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

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

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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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Try on the local culture by joining into birthday celebration rituals for Confucius(fall), or the one-week Crazy Mazu festival in the spring.

PROJECTS

  • Volunteering. Taiwanese culture supports a unique bounty of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Organizations support 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. Learn 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.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Campus Dorms: Men and women’s dorms are on the NCCU campus, about a 5 minute walk from CIEE. 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.

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Students may be offered up to two meals a day, but should budget for all meals as this is dependent upon your individual host family.

    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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    NATIONAL CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY

    NCU is eight miles from downtown Taipei.

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    CIEE TAIPEI

    Near NCU campus.

What People are Saying

  • "It's so hard to choose so I'm going to cheat a little!My most memorable experience during this program was during our last excursion. My roommate and I were at fulong beach. We just stood in the water, admiring the view and reflecting on all our experiences during our time abroad. We spoke about our growth, what we learned and this made us realize how much we had gone through and the fun memories we had."

    Tiffany, Hunter College,Fall 16
  • "It was definitely a great experience, and it made transitioning and adjusting here a lot easier. You can have a lot of contact with people in this program and outside of it, and those two things together made it a great exerience."

    Sarah, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1993, CIEE Taipei provides students the unique opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language using traditional characters and the latest teaching methods.  In addition, students take the CIEE Chinese Language Practicum and an elective taught in Chinese or English.

Students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin may exceed the most advanced language courses offered on this program. These students should consider our Communications, Business, and Political Economy program, also at this location, which allows CIEE students to directly enroll at the university.

Established in 1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is one of Taiwan’s top educational institutions, renowned for its social sciences and liberal arts colleges. Its business school – highly ranked and accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS – is one of the best in Asia. 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.

Chinese language courses are taught by teaching professionals from the Chinese Language Center at NCCU, in coordination with the CIEE Taipei director, who is also an adjunct faculty member and graduate student advisor at the Center. English language electives are taught by faculty from National Chengchi University.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    The NCCU Chinese Language Center calendar includes four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Academic-year students attend fall and spring terms. Students attend language classes, Monday through Friday, for three hours per day. CIEE elective classes are held in two hours blocks, two afternoons a week. Students take language classes with CIEE and possibly other international students. Classes are small and students are encouraged to participate. Language courses are taught using traditional Chinese characters and the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system, also commonly used in mainland China. Students have the option to learn the Zhuyin Fuhao system, too. CIEE Chinese language elective classes include only CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    Language courses: Grades are based on results of a mid-term and final exam, quizzes, homework, and class participation. Electives are taught in English and grades are based on short papers and a final research project, plus attendance, and participation. Professors assign letter grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 16 semester/24 quarter hours
  • Required Chinese language course: Contact hours - 180; Credits – 12 semester/18 quarter hours
  • Required Chinese practicum: Contact hours - 15; Credits – 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours
  • CIEE electives: Contact hours - 45; Credits – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students take three courses in a semester; academic-year students take five courses in total, as follows:

  • 1 Chinese language course
  • Chinese Practicum (academic-year students take this once)
  • 1 CIEE elective

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.

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED CHINESE LANGUAGE PRACTICUM

  • CHIN 2004 CTAI: Chinese Language Practicum

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES—CHINESE

  • CHIN 2001 CTAI: Conversational Taiwanese and Taiwanese Culture
  • CHIN 3001 CTAI: Business Chinese
  • CHIN 4001 CTAI: Media Chinese

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES—ENGLISH

ADDITIONAL CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

The following courses require pre-approval from the resident director and home institution advisor prior to the start of the semester.

Required Chinese Language Course
(This is for your information only, students will be placed into the appropriate level)

Chinese Language – Basic Level I
Chinese Language – Basic Level II
Chinese Language – Basic Level III
Chinese Language – Intermediate Level I
Chinese Language – Intermediate Level II
Chinese Language – Intermediate Level III
Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level I
Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level II
Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level III
Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level IV
Chinese Language – Advanced I
Chinese Language – Advanced II
Chinese Language – Advanced III

FALL 2018 COURSES

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Required Chinese Language Course

(This is for your information only, students will be placed into the appropriate level)

  • Chinese Language – Basic Level I
  • Chinese Language – Basic Level II
  • Chinese Language – Basic Level III
  • Chinese Language – Intermediate Level I
  • Chinese Language – Intermediate Level II
  • Chinese Language – Intermediate Level III
  • Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level I
  • Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level II
  • Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level III
  • Chinese Language – High Intermediate Level IV
  • Chinese Language – Advanced I
  • Chinese Language – Advanced II
  • Chinese Language – Advanced III

REQUIRED CHINESE LANGUAGE PRACTICUM

ELECTIVE COURSES – IN CHINESE

ELECTIVE COURSES – IN ENGLISH

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES

The following courses require pre-approval from the resident director and home institution advisor prior to the start of the semester.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 14 weeks Aug 26, 2018 Nov 30, 2018
$16,850
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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 = $14,333 **

Housing = $2,050

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

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 = $1,010

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $2,150

Total Estimated Costs = $5,320

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Spring 2019 14 weeks Feb 24, 2019 May 31, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,933 **

Housing = $2,050

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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 = $1,010

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $2,150

Total Estimated Costs = $5,320

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

Academic year 2018-2019 40 weeks Aug 26, 2018 May 31, 2019
$32,585
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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 = $28,018 **

Housing = $4,100

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $32,585

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 = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,010

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $500

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $4,300

Expenses during break = $2,700 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $12,170

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Fall 2019 14 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Aug 25, 2019* Nov 29, 2019*

*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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