Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan
Summer (S.I.R.O.L.) intensive Chinese language and culture study only
Taichung, located close to scenic destinations in Taiwan’s central mountain range, is Taiwan’s third largest city and a center for the arts, cultural activities and cutting-edge industries. Established in 1955, Tunghai University has been recognized as the leading private university in Taiwan and now has nine colleges and a total student population of 17,000. Thirty-four departments and the Chinese Language Center offer small classes and many opportunities to explore Chinese culture. A range of courses, including intensive Mandarin Chinese is available, and over 100 courses, including some in fine arts and creative design, are offered in English. The newly established International College offers English-immersion programs with courses in international business administration, sustainability science and engineering.
Photo: Bree Roozen with another exchange student from China on a trip to Kenting in the south of Taiwan
Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred. Knowledge and familiarity with the Chinese language is highly recommended.
Students earn 12-15 credits, depending on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.
For additional information regarding Chinese language courses, please click here.
Other content courses taught in Chinese at the University can be found here.
Note: Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.
Housing and Meals
North Central College students live in residence halls on the Tunghai campus. 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: Meals are not included in program fees. 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.
Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.
Last Updated: October 2016