Study Abroad Program Overview
Come to Taipei and begin or continue study of intensive Mandarin Chinese language at a top language training center. National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center (MTC) is one of the largest and best known language institutes for the study of modern and classical Chinese.
You will study Chinese using traditional characters alongside students from more than 70 countries. You also gain understanding of Chinese culture with elective classes on Chinese art and history, which may include Peking Opera, calligraphy, painting, tea ceremony, classical music appreciation, Chinese cuisine, or martial arts.
In one of Asia’s ultra-modern cities with a beautiful island setting, practice what you learn daily outside the classroom, interacting with locals while shopping, touring, or visiting sites of historic and modern interest in the cultural hub and capital, Taipei.
Students from UC semester campuses, Berkeley and Merced, are not eligible for the fall quarter-length program option due to restrictions at your home campus. We encourage you to consider the Summer
MTC option, or the fall semester
option at Peking University or Beijing Normal University for the intensive study of Chinese in the fall term.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
(Mandarin) - traditional characters
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late November
If you choose to spend a full academic year in Taiwan, you can also apply to study at our partner National Taiwan University (NTU)
for the spring term. UCEAP encourages you to consider a year-long experience.
Students live at housing of their choice within the greater Taipei area. Students are responsible for finding their own housing, as is true for all students at MTC, so you need to be mature and independent in your lifestyle. More information on housing.
"Don't stress too much about looking for an apartment, relatively very easy to find. However, find one close to school and definitely check it out in person before signing anything." -- UCEAP MTC Participant Fall 2015
Excursions and cultural activities such as calligraphy, painting, tea ceremony, classical music appreciation, Chinese cuisine, music or martial arts are organized by MTC. MTC also organizes speech competitions and participation in the famous Dragon Boat Race. In addition, you’ll find many opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, nature walks, bicycling, beach activities, and traveling throughout Taiwan.
With UCEAP you will have a large support network, including resources at every UC campus and at partner universities throughout the world. UCEAP will assist you with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
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.
The Mandarin Training Center (MTC) at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) prides itself on its small class size which optimizes individual learning. Students are placed in language courses based on a language proficiency exam taken at the beginning of the MTC term.
MTC courses are taught in Chinese with traditional Mandarin characters and pinyin spelling. Classes often use audio-visual and computer multimedia to keep instruction dynamic. Advanced courses use Chinese newspaper reading, radio, and television programs. MTC advanced instruction may include classical, historical, and philosophical texts.
Elective non-credit bearing courses are also available in such areas as:
Use the following resources to learn more:
- Chinese Movies
- Classical Poetry Appreciation
- Interview Chinese
- Chinese for Cuisine and Dining
- Learning Chinese from Chinese Medicine
"Daily life in a foreign country is a great opportunity to learn and practice another language." --UCEAP MTC Participant Fall 2015
16.5 UC quarter units required; one or two courses depending on your language placement exam. Additional credit is not available for UCEAP.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and independent study for academic credit are not possible in this program.
National Taiwan Normal University
National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) was founded in 1946 as an institute for teachers’ education and later became a comprehensive university. It was ranked among the top 500 global universities in 2010.
The NTNU Mandarin Training Center (MTC) was founded in 1956 to teach Chinese as a second language. With 1,700 students from over 70 countries enrolled each term, MTC facilities include over 70 classrooms, a library, two language labs, computer rooms, an auditorium and multi-media classroom, and a student lounge. Students also have access to NTNU facilities. MTC organizes activities throughout each term, such as speech competitions, a Dragon Boat race, and cultural excursions.
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:
- 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
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.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 3 years (9 quarters / 6 semesters).
* Traditional Chinese characters.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Taiwan 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 Normal University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: