WWU Exchange in Taiwan:
National Chengchi University
Established in 1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is one of Taiwan's top institutions and is renowned for its social sciences and humanities. The University enrolls 9,000 undergraduates and is located 13 kilometers from Taipei. The campus has lots of greenery and open spaces and the surrounding neighborhood caters to the local student population and is lined with restaurants, cafés, and shops. Buses are easily found, and the campus is near the subway that provides rapid access to most parts of the city.
The program is designed to enhance students’ cultural understanding and language skills through small Chinese language classes, lectures from scholars and professionals, cultural immersion, and experiential learning. The program is ideal for those who wish to experience an authentic university environment in Taiwan, choose from a wide array of content courses taught in Chinese or English, and learn Chinese through custom classes that emphasize traditional Chinese characters.
Taiwan's capital, Taipei, is an international city with superb restaurants, modern hotels, ancient temples, churches, and an active nightlife. 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.
Academic Program and Courses
The academic year for undergraduate programs consists of two semesters:
- Fall semester: September to January
- Spring semester: February to June
The list of English courses are found here
Mandarin classes are non-credit by NCCU, but they will issue a transcript with grades and lecture hours the student took for the course after course ends. Generally, NCCU's one credit equates to 18 lecture hours. However, it's up to Western's registrar's office, in conjunction with the Chinese section of Modern & Classical Languages, to decide how many credits can be awarded to the student
On-campus and Off-campus housing is available. Dormitories are non-coed, furnished without mattress or bedding, and equipped with laundry facilities and television rooms. Cooking is prohibited in all NCCU dormitories.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the NCCU application.
NCCU International Association
orgnanizes social events for the Taiwanese and the international community.
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