Study Abroad Program Overview
Join a team in one of National Taiwan University’s (NTU) laboratories and contribute to an ongoing research project in the sciences or engineering. This summer program is held in state-of-the-art labs under the expert direction of faculty and graduate students.
Labs available may include those in the NTU College of Science, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture, College of Life Science, and College of Public Health.
Cultural activities, excursions and field trips are offered as part of this unique summer program. The park-like campus of NTU is surrounded by lively shops and restaurants, and easily accessible to downtown Taipei via subway or public bus.
For those interested in longer terms abroad at NTU, explore the fall and spring NTU semester options in which students engage in regular coursework taught by NTU faculty and work alongside local and international students.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early July to mid-August
Previous participants report that they took advantage of field trips and excursions to see different parts of Taiwan and enjoy learning outside of the classroom.
"Rather than learning about abstract concepts that weren't tangible, we had the material right before our eyes."
-- UCEAP NTU Lab Research Participant Summer 2015
Live with local and international students in the Shui-Yuan Dormitory near campus which offers single rooms in a residential complex equipped with sports facilities and spacious common areas. More information on housing.
Cultural events, field trips and a two-day trip are all organized by the NTU Office of International Affairs. A series of lectures and field trips allow you to explore specific environmental and sociocultural aspects of Taiwan. One-day field trips give you a direct understanding of Taiwanese culture while two-day trips with travel outside of Taipei are organized for an in-depth exploration of this diverse nation.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. A local faculty member, who serves as the UCEAP Liaison Professor, administers the UCEAP program at NTU along with a Study Center Coordinator. They advise students on academic matters, provide information on cultural events, assist with program logistics, and provide support with personal matters.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
This program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate research abroad in science or engineering at the prestigious National Taiwan University.
Modern, well-equipped NTU departmental labs include those under:
- College of Science
- College of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- College of Engineering
- College of Bio resources and Agriculture
- College of Life Science
- College of Public Health
- School of Veterinary Medicine
Previous participants have investigated micro electrical systems and nanotechnology, occupational medicine and industrial hygiene, robot manipulation and uncertainty modeling, and perception and attention. Time in the lab is estimated to be 30 or more hours per week, including weekly team meetings, with some variability based on the project and lab team to which a student is assigned.
A required course, Exploring Taiwan
, looks at Taiwan's geography, society, and culture. A series of lectures, cultural activities, and excursions introduce these topics. The course is taught in English.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I took advantage of working in a lab I would not have worked or had the opportunity to work in at my UC campus. I got the experience that I would not get otherwise." -- UCEAP NTU Lab Research Participant Summer 2015
8 UC quarter/5.3 UC semester units total; 6 quarter/4 semester units for research and 2 quarter/1.3 semester units for culture course.
Letter grade is required for the research lab. The Exploring Taiwan course is graded pass/no pass only.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This is a full time lab research program. Internships and special study for academic credit are not possible in this short summer program.
National Taiwan University, Taipei
Founded in 1928, National Taiwan University (NTU) has distinguished departments in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences. Graduate institutes of international repute in the fields of art history, Chinese literature, history, musicology, philosophy, theater, food science, and a number of science and engineering fields; and various research centers complete the academic panorama at NTU.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Partner Institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
If you have only Taiwanese citizenship, you are not eligible for this program; however, you are eligible if you hold dual citizenship. PRC citizens may apply.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by National Taiwan University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: