Study Abroad in Taiwan

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Discover one of Eastern Asia’s best-kept secrets by studying in Taiwan, a beautiful island off the east coast of China. Named Ilha Formosa, or Beautiful Island, by the Portuguese, Taiwan lends study abroad students the opportunity to explore a uniquely fascinating island, ancient mountainous temples, and traditional Chinese culture.

Study the Chinese language among Taiwan’s friendly people and expand your education in one of Asia’s most rapidly progressing economies.

Language Learning

There are two Chinese language programs in Taipei that particularly standout: The National Taiwan University and Taiwan Normal University. Thousands of students every year attend both of these highly prestigious programs, and offer a range of beginner to advanced level classes on a 3-month quarterly based schedule. Classes are typically three hours a day plus outside study, as well as any additional elective courses. You can expect to have a good grasp of the language by the end of your first year if you take your studies seriously, but if you are seeking fluency go for two.

The other nice thing about studying Chinese in Taiwan is that it attracts students from all over the world. Your classmates could be from Spain, Japan, or Africa! This puts all of you in a highly intensive learning environment that forces you to only speak Chinese in order to communicate.

At the end of your language program you may be interested in enrolling full-time in a Bachelors or Masters program in Taiwan. There are a variety of programs available, from business studies to advanced cultural programs, and when you're done your Chinese speaking abilities will standout.

Try and learn a little Chinese before you arrive. Chinese is by no means an easy language to learn, so every little bit counts. It will also help you quickly adjust to life in Taiwan during your first few weeks, which can be a nerve-racking time period. Try a free trial of Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur.

Other Facts

Strange as it may seem, more traditional Chinese culture is preserved in Taiwan than on the mainland. This is a result of Mao's Cultural Revolution that ripped through China's countryside in the 1960's and 70's, destroying thousands of temples and other precious artifacts. Taiwan was spared this fate and now houses one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts in the world in the National Palace Museum.

Taiwan also continues to use traditional characters in their writing system as opposed to simplified characters now adopted on the mainland. Despite the name, simplified characters does not make learning Chinese any easier and cuts you off from thousands of years of Chinese history and literature.

There are several options for scholarships to study in Taiwan. Some are offered by the Taiwanese government and some are offered by other organizations. Here are but some of those options.

Contributed by Andrew Dunkle

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Chinese Language Center of Tzu Chi University
Here's what you can expect from taking Chinese language courses with us! -Improve you listening, speaking, reading and writin...

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CIEE
Preserving traditional forms of Chinese culture while also boasting a democratic political system, free press, and uncensored...

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CIEE
This summer, take business courses in English at one of the top-rated business schools in Asia. Explore Taiwan’s role in the...

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CIEE
If you’re looking for an intensive, Mandarin language learning experience that pushes you to explore beyond classroom, you’ll...

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CET Academic Programs
Just when you thought you couldn't pack more into a CET semester, consider one of CET's newest programs: CET Taiwan. You'll g...

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Berkeley Study Abroad
Advance your Mandarin language skills while taking your business career to the next level in Taipei, Taiwan's capital and lar...

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UC Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP)
The National Taiwan University is located at the heart of Taiwan. Its campus is in downtown Taipei allowing students easy acc...

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Goasia Taiwan
Fun Mandarin Study!! Experience tea picking and tea making in the plantations. Tea is harvested by hand, not all leaves are p...

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National Chengchi University (NCCU)
National Chengchi University welcomes students from around the world to come study at their campus in Taipei, Taiwan. Student...

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NTNU
Study Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan at the National Taiwan Normal University. The program takes place at the Mandarin Tr...

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Park University
At Park University you can spend a semester or a year as an exchange student in Taipei through Ming Chuan University. Because...

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University of Maryland
This program is for three weeks where you will take intensive language classes, culture classes, engage in cultural discussio...

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Taipei Language Institute
Our unique 3-week program will offer you many great opportunities. 15 Hours of in-class teaching with highly qualified and ex...

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United Daily News Group
3 EXCLUSIVE FEATURES Unique UDN Activities Including visit UDN printing factory, report the news at real news report studio i...

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Feng Chia University
The RMIT-FCU Dual Degree Bachelor's Program in Business and Innovation is a unique program that offers a chance to build skil...