Taipei, Taiwan

Intensive Chinese Language + Culture

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Information for term Intensive Chinese Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 23 – Nov 27, 2020 (14 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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Spend the semester in Taipei immersed in language learning and exploring the rich traditions of a city where multiple cultures fuse into an exciting blend. Students at all skill levels can learn Mandarin using traditional characters and the latest teaching methods. Take courses taught in Chinese or English – at CIEE Taipei and our partner school, National Chengchi University (NCCU). Students can also make strides in language learning by practicing with local peers and volunteering in the community. 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 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

  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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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Daily Life

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    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.


    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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    NCU is eight miles from downtown Taipei.

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    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

CIEE Taipei provides students, at all skill levels, the unique opportunity to learn Mandarin using traditional characters and the latest teaching methods. Taiwan is the only location in the Chinese world to still use the traditional characters. 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.

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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    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-hour 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.


    Language courses: Grades are based on results of a midterm 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.


    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.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE required course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours
  • CIEE elective courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Chinese language courses: 12 U.S. semester/18 quarter credits; 180 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and Chinese


  • 1 Chinese language course
  • CIEE Chinese practicum
  • 1 CIEE elective course

Course Notes

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate language level onsite.
  • 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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Below are the Chinese language courses offered by the NCCU Chinese Language Center.  A description of the Chinese language courses can be found on the NCCU Chinese Language Center website.

  • 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

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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 14 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 23, 2020* Nov 27, 2020*
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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 = $250

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $2,150

Total Estimated Costs = $5,610

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

This estimate is strictly based upon eating on-campus and at small, local eateries; students that expect to be eating Western-style food or more formal meals should budget $300-$500 more per semester.

†† 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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