Taipei, Taiwan

Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

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Information for term Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 18 – Aug 12, 2023 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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This summer, fast-forward your Mandarin language skills in one of the most culturally rich cities on Earth. Kick learning into high gear with daily coursework and one-on-one classes suited to your level, whether you’re a first- or fifth-year Mandarin student. Add peer tutorials and language clinics, cultural activities, and volunteering, and your summer in Taiwan will be one you’ll always value.

Safety And Security Travel Advisory

As of March 2023, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory in Greater China. To learn more, visit our FAQs.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore the streets of Taiwan

    and experience the rich culture that’s been preserved through generations

  • Taste-test the unique Taiwanese Cuisine

    while walking through the famous Night Market, known for the variety of street food it offers

  • Take trips to different cities

    within the island and get to know the different facets and nuances of Taiwan

Location & Culture

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An island at the crossroads of Northeast and Southeast Asia, Taiwan is a unique fusion of cultures. Known for its delicious street food, beautiful scenery, and friendly people, Taiwan offers a variety of experiences that will make your stay unforgettable.

Study Mandarin to get to know the deep roots of this language and experience the rich culture. During your time in Taipei, you’ll have every opportunity to learn about the history and heritage of the island while visiting temples and historic sites, tasting unique Taiwanese cuisine at a world-famous night market, and enjoying nature while hiking the beautiful mountains.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

Take a trip back in time with a visit to Jiufen Old Street in Taipei, a former gold mining center of Taiwan that has been turned into a shopping district that preserves the olden days architecture and overall traditional atmosphere.

Choose a weekend away to learn more about cultures in different regions of Taiwan. Destinations may include: 

  • Tainan: Explore the ancient capital and the oldest city in Taiwan, famous for its temples, historic buildings, and traditional snacks.
  • Taitung: Relax and enjoy the views and natural charms of eastern Taiwan, from the beautiful mountains to the coastline. Take in the scenery while cycling the area’s various bike routes.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students stay in twin rooms at a hotel located within walking distance or a quick public transportation ride away from campus. Rooms are equipped with beds, a desk, air conditioner, and other basic hotel amenities that will provide a comfortable stay.

  • Meals

    Students are expected to budget for all their meals during their stay. The area surrounding the hotel and campus is full of restaurants and eateries that offer a wide variety of options for students to choose from. Taiwan has a diverse culinary culture that can cater to all kinds of palettes and preferences. Students with specific food restrictions or diets are welcome to approach our staff or instructors for recommendations.


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This program gives students a strong foundation in Mandarin through an intensive and Chinese language-only environment. Designed for beginners to advanced Mandarin Chinese students, the program includes five course levels to develop your listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, or to elevate your language skills to a superior level, communicating with accuracy, fluency, and sophistication. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students must take two consecutive accelerated language courses

Program Credit

Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE accelerated language courses: 5 U.S. semester/7.5 quarter credits; 75 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Accelerated language courses are demanding due to the fast pace of course content, and participation is essential. Attendance is required, and students should avoid scheduling travel during the week. In class, language instructors introduce new content and focus on improving students’ language accuracy and consistency through drills. Outside of class, students meet with peer tutors to reinforce the content and language skills learned in class. Additional hours of language tutoring can be arranged if necessary.

Class Format

Classes taught at CIEE Taipei are for CIEE students only. Chinese language classes are held Monday through Friday. Classes have an average of eight students and are typically co-taught by head language instructors and assistant language instructors. Students also meet with peer tutors for structured tutorials for at least two hours per week. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are assessed based on daily homework, quizzes, and written and oral exams.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

Students will take an on-site placement exam and be registered in the appropriate language levels based on their results.

Summer 2023 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 8 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 18, 2023 Aug 12, 2023
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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 = $5,953

Housing = $1,500 **

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $7,950

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 = $700

International Airfare = $1,800

Local Transportation = $80

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $300 ††

Other = $150 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,080

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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** meal are not included in the hotel housing

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

†† for laundry, toiletries, cellphone plan, emergency fund etc. Personal travel(s) not included.

††† Covid test to enter the US, if required. NTD 3,500- NTD 6,000.

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