The Intensive Chinese Language and Culture study abroad program in Taipai, Taiwan is designed for intermediate to advanced language students who have an interest in improving their Chinese while having the opportunity to take non-language courses taught in English that aid in understanding Taiwanese culture and society. You will take three courses including a Chinese language course, a Chinese language practicum and an elective. Academic year students will take a total of 5 courses and can do an internship in place of an elective during their second semester. Language courses are taught by faculty from National Chengchi University, one of Taiwan's most prestigious national universities and elective courses are taught by CIEE Study Center faculty. Field trips are also offered as part of this program and are often lead by Taiwanese Cultural Ambassadors to help facilitate cultural exploration and intercultural exchange.
Taipei is a vibrant political, economic and cultural center in Taiwan, officially part of the Republic of China. Though the city is not a top tourist destination, there are a number of places to explore including one of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101. Take in the night markets, ancient temples and hot springs.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Students receive 16 credits on this program and take three courses.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Taipei Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Two semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent is required. Students must be at a low intermediate language level or higher to be successful in the language classes. One college-level Chinese area studies course is recommended by not required.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. Housing options include: an on-campus university dorm with Taiwainese or international roommates, or a local host family. Students indicate their preference during the application process and will learn of their placement during pre-departure. You will be responsible for providing your own meals unless living with a host family; in this situation, some but not all meals may be provided. There are on-campus cafeterias and restaurants, as well as a number of restaurants right outside the main campus gate.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.