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Become immersed in the rich culture and history of Taiwan while studying at National Taiwan University (NTU). This program allows participants to directly enroll in university courses in a variety of fields while studying alongside Taiwanese and international students from around the world. This program is ideal for students from a variety of majors who are interested in Taiwanese culture while taking coursework in either English or Chinese.
Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is located in the northern tip of the island, on the Danshui River. Taipei is an international city with superb restaurants, modern hotels, ancient temples, and churches. Taipei is also internationally known for its traditional Taiwanese and neo-Chinese cuisine. The National Palace Museum, located at the northwest edge of the city, contains the greatest collection of Chinese art in the world. Nestled in a basin surrounded by the well hiked Yangming Mountains, greater Taipei is a bustling, high-tech city with some six million residents.
Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is located in the northern tip of the island, on the Danshui River. Taipei is an international city with superb restaurants, modern hotels, ancient temples,and churches. Taipei is also internationally known for its traditional Taiwanese and neo-Chinese cuisine. The National Palace Museum, located at the northwest edge of the city, contains the greatest collection of Chinese art in the world. Nestled in a basin surrounded by the well hiked Yangming Mountains, greater Taipei is a bustling, high-tech city with some six million residents.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Taipei but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A visa is required for U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Taiwan at any time.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
In addition, students will attend orientation upon arrival in Taipei. To help exchange students settle down and to acquaint them with student life in Taiwan, The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will assign an NTU student volunteer, upon request on the application form, to assist students during their stay at NTU. This volunteer can assist students in dormitory check-in, registration for classes, applying for the alien residence card and other support throughout the semester.
Students can choose to live in two different housing options: Prince House or the International Youth Center (IYC). Prince House is a privately owned dormitory that is not affiliated with NTU and is made of up of multiple buildings that are located close to NTU's campus. Students will have access to wireless internet, a lobby and reception desk, work out facilities, a TV room and dining halls in Prince House. Meals are not provided. Single, double and triple rooms are available in Prince House; students will indicate their preference on the housing application.
The International Youth Center (IYC) is the NTU owned dormitory on campus. In the IYC students will have access to laundry facilities, a kitchen/communal area, movie theatre, top floor balcony, and convenience stores. Meals are not provided. Students who choose this option will have a roommate and either a private bathroom or a shared bathroom with other students on their floor. Preference will be indicated on the housing application.
Excursions and Activities
Students can become active in the Student Activities Division which is in charge of student activities, clubs, on-campus academic/art activities, and off-campus internships. Students can also utilize the NTU sports center on campus, consisting of a swimming pool, gymnasium, badminton courts, squash courts, table tennis, etc.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Office of International Affairs (OIA)staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.NTU Taipei, Taiwan Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Taiwan, Taipei, NTU, Academic Notes
(Spring - 2013-14)
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
Read about current & past students' adventures.
Isaac-Academic Year 2012-13
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
Located in downtown Taipei, National Taiwan University (NTU) was the first university in Taiwan. Its history can be traced back to the early 20th century, with the founding of Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University by the Japanese in 1928. After World War II and Taiwan's retrocession to Chinese Sovereignty, the ROC (Taiwan) government resumed the administration of Taihoku University and renamed it as "National Taiwan University" in 1945. Meanwhile, the University consisted of six colleges and 22 departments. To date, the university continues to prosper and throughout the years has educated millions of professionals. In 2007, the University has a total of 11 colleges, 54 departments, 99 graduate institutes, and 30 research centers, and the number of students reached a total of 32,791.
Students on this program will take classes on the NTU campus alongside Taiwanese and other international students from all over the world. Participants can choose to take courses in a variety of departments, including History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Geography and many more. All courses are taught by NTU faculty and are instructed in either English or Chinese. Students can also participate in Chinese language classes during their time at NTU, which is recommended. Students can participate on this program with no prior knowledge of the Chinese language.
Program Web Page(s)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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