- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Whether you’re just beginning to learn Chinese or you’re well into your studies, you’ll find the support and inspiration to make big strides in Taipei. And that’s just the start. Explore the rich traditions and long-stretching history of a city where multiple cultures fuse into an exciting blend, while you get your fill of tasty finger foods, park side tai chi, karaoke, and more.
CIEE Taipei provides students the unique opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language using traditional characters and the latest teaching methods. 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 the Communications, Business, and Political Economy program, also at this location, which allows CIEE students to directly enroll at the university.
Students also have the opportunity to intern and learn hands-on work in a professional setting, at a range of Taiwanese and international enterprises.
Academic Year: late August - late May
Fall: late August - late November
Spring: late February - late May
Refer to the CIEE's website for the specific dates, if available.
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.
Established in 1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is one of Taiwan’s top educational institutions, renowned for its social sciences and liberal arts colleges. Its business school – highly ranked and accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS – is one of the best in Asia. 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.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.