Berkeley Study Abroad

Berkeley Study Abroad


Berkeley Study Abroad offers study, research, and internship programs worldwide, including summer, semester, and year options.

UC Education Abroad Program
Join the UC Education Abroad Program, UC's systemwide study abroad program, and choose from over 250 options in 40 countries. Students earn UC course credit and may use their UC financial aid. Open to UC Berkeley students only.

Berkeley Abroad
Study or intern in one of 17 countries worldwide with Berkeley Abroad, UC Berkeley's own study abroad program. Students learn from UC Berkeley instructors, earn UC Berkeley course credit and may use their UC financial aid. Open to UC Berkeley and visiting students.

Affiliate Programs
Participate in affiliate programs offered by institutional partners of UC Berkeley. Academic credit and financial aid vary by program. Open to UC Berkeley students only.


160 Stephens Hall # 2302
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States


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I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Taipei with Berkeley Abroad. Academically, they place you on the first day and then you're put into 3 different classes, 2 language-focused ones and 1 business Chinese textbook (they use the one written by a Penn professor, chenggongzhidao based on case studies). Apparently this program's been around for some 20+ years, and it was well-organized. The faculty is great, the teachers are TOP NOTCH, and the TA's (they organize out-of-school day and weekend trips) are genuinely caring. This is Taipei, so food is not only cheaper but BETTER (than Murican Asian food), the shopping is great, I love Night Markets (lingxia yeshi ftw!). The only trouble I encountered, actually, was monetary incidentally because I only brought about $500 in spending money--that to cover 6 weeks of shopping for the year (tips for shopping: clothes, stationery stores and agendas, food). People in Taipei are courteous.

There are lots of different levels of Chinese; I was already fluent beforehand, but I still felt challenged and learned quite a bit of new things. The classes are small, under 10, and the teachers go to great lengths to have you learn. (It's quite a bit of work on your part too.)

For those of you interested in business in Asia, understanding the culture, as well as challenging yourself in language, this is the program for you.

What would you improve about this program?
I would actually say if we got to interact with even more NTU students, but it being the summer, we did get to interact on an informal basis (we went to see the Leonids). It was interesting to hear what they thought about American culture (shows, music) as well as karaoke!
Yes, I recommend this program


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