CIEE Intensive Chinese Language + Culture in Taipei, Taiwan

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About Program

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.

Program Highlights
  • 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.

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life in Taiwan, for the guy getting by

Before I get writing, let me rate CIEE's program real quick: 10/10, would recommend.

When I give CIEE such a high rating, it's because they not only fulfilled every need I needed attention for, but also were proactive about contacting me for important events and deadlines should I have forgotten them. Imagine that you're in a new country, speaking a new language, and you're swamped with obligations. Stressful, right? Now imagine that you're in the exact same situation, except with amazing support staff that literally BUILD group bonding into your time abroad, just because it's the right thing to do! In addition to CIEE staff, local CIEE ambassadors have been superb ambassadors to not only their home country, but also the idea of cultural exchange.

Here are a few experiences that I wouldn't have ever experience had it not been for CIEE:
-Making tofu, from SCRATCH
-Visiting a tea farm in Yilan
-Staying at a "hotel" at a Buddhist temple and learning expert Buddhist breathing techniques to calm myself down (I have anxiety, so this was a great skill to learn!)
-Enjoying all-expense paid Taiwanese meals during program events
-Making a TON of the coolest friends on Earth.

Not convinced yet? Just ask the several years of satisfied program-goers before me!

What would you improve about this program?
At this point, I'm really not sure. I had an amazing time in Taiwan.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good Experience for First-Time Travelers

Prior to attending CIEE Taipei, I had never been abroad before-not counting Vancouver, Canada, because it’s only an hour from the border. I was terrified but also determined to come here, because I had been studying Chinese for so long and was also interested in Taiwanese history.

But coming with CIEEE I definitely felt like I was part of a family. Program staff are incredibly supportive and helpful. They will make sure you can do whatever you put your mind to and watch your back to make sure everything works out. Even when I told staff about the few mishaps that did occur during the program, even though both happened in the middle of the night, they immediately said, “Here’s my card, if that ever happens again, ask someone at a 7-Eleven to help you dial this number and I will help you figure things out.” If I ever had questions about travel plans, the staff are very knowledgeable about places all over Taiwan and even in nearby countries.

Not to mention, the Taiwanese students who volunteer for the program come from all over and you can always ask them to help you or even ask to go with them.

Academics are what you make of them—you take a language placement test, but for the first week you can try different levels and the teachers place you in different levels based on your performance in class.

But what I feel makes CIEE special is the support network of staff and Taiwanese students. Exchange students don’t have many avenues to get to know Taiwanese students, and end up mostly interacting with each other. What I really loved about CIEE was getting to know Taiwan and having friends who could help me navigate much more efficiently, who could actually show me what Taiwan was like to the Taiwanese and not just what it’s like to foreigners.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Chinese learning in Taipei

I studied here in 2011 and loved it. I still keep in contact with classmates and the learning I experienced here has helped me postgraduation and beyond. Attending this program, it's impossible not to improve your language skills. The teachers will push you hard, and the immersion environment can be tough, but it's really the best and maybe only way to become proficient in a language as difficult as Mandarin Chinese. Definitely recommend it!

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