National Taiwan University
The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended, and Fall 2021 remains uncertain. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. Therefore at this time, students cannot apply for any UAlbany education abroad programs for Fall 2021 or any future term, as we await guidance and approval from SUNY System Administration. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you! Join our virtual events throughout the Spring 2021 semester and check out our credit bearing virtual options for Summer 2021.
Experience the unique city of Taipei, Taiwan. Enjoy this historic city that preserves its Taoist temples and commemorates many centuries of history. Experience the modern charming oddities that attract visitors and make the city famous. Benefit from the city’s mass transportation system that was rated as one of the top five most accessible cities in the world. Take in the sights and sounds of Taiwan at National Taiwan University in Taipei.
National Taiwan University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
In addition to the courses taught in English, you will have the option of taking a general Chinese language course at your appropriate level.
If you are fluent in Chinese, you can enroll in the regular university courses that are taught in Chinese.
Review the National Taiwan University website for more information about the program, and the course search list for more information regarding course offerings.
Please review the National Taiwan University Application Timeline for more information regarding the complete application process.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will be housed in one of National Taiwan University’s exchange/international student dormitories. Single and Twin/Double occupancy is available for exchange students. Each dormitory includes built-in wardrobes, desk and chair, refrigerator, air conditioner, Inter-campus telephone, and an independent bathroom. One dormitory includes a communal kitchen and dining table.
You may also choose to make your own living arrangements. National Taiwan University cannot assist you with finding off-campus housing.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
ESTIMATE OF COSTS
Review this program’s Estimate of Costs. Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least 2.8 GPA are eligible to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
Prior knowledge of Chinese is not required.
If you are a Taiwanese passport holder, you are not eligible to participate in this study abroad program.
University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but there are several tourist attractions off campus.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are a host of clubs and organizations on campus that may occasionally arrange field trips.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Studying abroad allowed me to immerse into a new culture while being involved in a research internship. The National Taiwan University program shaped my future career plans and inspired me to keep traveling.”
Chelsea Snide, Atmospheric Science major
About the City
National Taiwan University is located in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Taipei is known for its technological advances, night markets, and contemporary buildings.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Taiwan. For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)’s website for complete visa information. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2020-2021
About the Program
Being the first integrated and most prestigious institution of higher education in the Taiwan area, National Taiwan University (NTU) has taken the responsibility of promoting the level of academic research study and teaching in Taiwan. NTU has always put an emphasis on scholarly research in basic theory and free atmosphere of academic thought.
The University at Albany’s exchange affiliation with National Taiwan University allows you to study Chinese language and take courses in a variety of Asian Studies related fields that are taught in English. This study abroad option is intended for students who are interested in developing Chinese language skills and in pursuing in-depth study of subjects related to Taiwan.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at National Taiwan University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
National Taiwan University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.