Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Exchange Program Offered in Summer, Fall Term, or Full Year
Located south of Taipei, Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan. An important political, economic and cultural center, the city is famous for its hospitality. The university, established in 1955, was the first private university in Taiwan and is highly regarded. Thirty departments and the Chinese Language Center offer small classes and opportunities to explore Chinese culture. A range of courses including intensive Mandarin Chinese are available, with limited course offerings in English.
Bree Roozen with another exchange student from China on a trip to Kenting in the south of Taiwan
NCC Eligibility Requirements:
Junior or Senior standing. GPA 3.0 preferred. Some Chinese recommended.
NCC Academic Credit:
NCC students receive between 12-15 NCC credits for classes they take at Tunghai University. Of course, it depends on the course load students choose.
During the first few weeks of the fall semester at Tunghai University there is a drop/add period for classes. If your final schedule is different from the Pre-Study Abroad Credit Transfer Approval form, you MUST email the Office of International Programs with your final course list.
Housing and Meals:
All NCC students stay on-campus in the Tunghai dormitories. Each room is shared among four students, and each student is provided with a bed, desk, chair, closet, and bookshelf. There are shared shower rooms and toilets, as well as convenient laundry rooms available for use. Students can watch TV in the common areas/lounges. Internet lines are available in every room.
Meals: Students have a variety of places to eat on-campus including cafeterias in both the men and women's dormitories, as well as a cafeteria located in the Student Activities Center. There is also a coffee shop and a convenience store on campus, as well as a supermarket for students to purchase their own groceries. There is a regular bus service from the university's main gates to the downtown Taichung train station.
For more information about housing, meals, courses, and life in Taiwan and as a student at Tunghai University, please take a look at the attached International Student Handbook.
Tunghai University/Taiwan Estimated Costs:
Participants pay tuition to NCC and room/board charges to Tunghai University.
Financial Air is applicable to this program, however, all study abroad students should meet with a financial aid representative during the spring term to determine any changes/adjustments in their financial aid package.
The minimum expense a student must provide is NT$141,600 (around $4,045) per year.
Food (off-campus): previous stuents estimate $35/week or about $5/day; breakfast - $1, lunch - $1-$3, dinner - $2-$4.
Laundry: $1/wash and $1.50/dry
This really depends on the student. Students need to consider all personal spending money including travel! Students who participated on this program last year estimate approximately $2000-$2500, including some travel.
Airfare estimate: $1200-$1500 roundtrip
In order to encourage outstanding international students and to improve their scholastic results, while simultaneously creating a positive study environment that attracts a great number of international students of high caliber, Tunghai University offers a number of scholarship opportunities.
Types of Scholarships:
Chinese Language Center Scholarships
In order to reward outstanding students and encourage a positive study environment, the Language Center established the "Exceptional Student Award" and the "Teacher Recommendation Award".
Exceptional Student Award: applicants must undergo a written and oral test. Those who receive awards are granted NT$60,000 in scholarship money.
Teacher Recommendation Award: This award is granted based on the recommendation of teachers and a formal vote. Recipients receive NT$10,000 in scholarship money.
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