Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Taiwan at National Taiwan University (NTU), the country's most prestigious university. Known locally as Taida, NTU is a top-ranked institution in Asia and among the top 100 research universities worldwide. Admission for locals is gained through a highly competitive exam. A strong network of influential social, business, academic and political leaders within and beyond Taiwan hold degrees from NTU. Acceptance to NTU is considered a major accomplishment for local applicants.
With coursework taught in English or Chinese in a wide range of fields, the NTU curriculum is rigorous. UC students have successfully taken courses taught in English related to Asian studies, business, economics, engineering, and political science, or courses designed for international students. Those with strong Chinese language fluency may take a much wider variety of subject areas. Chinese language study from beginning to advanced levels is also available.
The park-like NTU campus, located in the accommodating and modern capital of Taipei, is surrounded by lively shops and restaurants, and is easily accessible to downtown via subway or public bus. Weekends offer opportunities to explore the island by bicycle, hike the trails, beachcomb, enjoy the hot springs or rejuvenate in a local temple.
NTU Scholarships: All UCEAP participants in the year or fall 2017 semester program at NTU will receive a $2,000 scholarship. See the Cost page
Take a look at what past students
have said about NTU.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Taiwan uses traditional Chinese characters.
language study is recommended and is offered from beginning to advanced levels. UCEAP students may take a general Chinese language course for 10 quarter/6 semester UC units per semester. A tutorial Chinese language course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units may be taken in conjunction with this course.
Students needing to take a year of Chinese may take advantage of the summer language program in Beijing preceding the fall NTU term.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to mid-January
mid-February to late June
early September to mid-June
Students from UC quarter campuses participating in the fall option will not return in time for the winter quarter at UC. Students from UC semester campuses might be able to return for the spring UC semester depending on when the UC semester begins.
"The UCEAP program is a wonderful experience and it definitely provides you with a sense of comfort and home, which is valuable especially in times of homesickness. However, there is so much more to experience with other international students - whether locals or from other parts of the world. Being on study abroad allows you to learn about various cultures regardless of the country you choose to be in."
-- UCEAP NTU Participant 2016
Live with local and international students in the residence halls nearby campus or make your own housing arrangements. More information on housing.
Excursions and cultural activities are organized by the NTU Office of International Affairs.
In addition, at the beginning of each term NTU organizes a Student Club Expo to introduce the various clubs, sports and societies on campus. You’ll find many opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, nature walks, bicycling, beach activities, and traveling throughout Taiwan.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of Study Abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP 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.
National Taiwan University (NTU) offers courses in select fields taught in English or, for students proficient in Chinese, a full range of courses taught in Chinese. Your curriculum will depend on your major and your Chinese language ability.
- If your major is in engineering, economics, or management, no prior Chinese language study is required. These fields have particularly strong coursework taught in English and you should be able to find sufficient coursework for full-time study.
- All other majors require one year of prior Chinese language study or the equivalent. If you have limited Chinese language ability, you will probably need to take courses taught in English as well as Chinese language study in order to meet minimum UC unit requirements.
NTU offers a series of East Asia cultural courses that address natural resources and the environment, culture and society, film and social culture in Taiwan, religion, architecture, literature, and music, all taught in English for international students.
If you have native or near-native Chinese language ability, you will be able to take courses from the university's offerings taught in Chinese.
Chinese language study from beginning to advanced levels is optional, but recommended. If you are interested in Chinese language study you will take a language placement exam after arrival. Chinese language courses are 10 UC quarter/6.7 UC semester units. You may also take a Chinese enhancing course (tutorial) that is 6 UC quarter/4 UC semester units. Some students advance as much as a full-year of Chinese in one semester. All NTU courses taught in Chinese and Chinese language courses use traditional Chinese characters.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I was able to take several electives that are not offered at my home UC campus; in particular, National Taiwan University offers a special selection of courses for exchange students regarding Taiwanese culture, which I found most exchange students take advantage of." --UCEAP NTU Participant 2016
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester required minimum; usually four or five courses depending on the number of units per course. There is not a maximum limit and some students take as many as 30 quarter/20 semester UC units per semester.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study for academic credit may be possible in this program. You may consult with the UCEAP NTU representatives after arrival.
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.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Internships for academic credit are offered in this program. For more information on requirements for internships for academic credit visit the UCEAP Internships Page.
Please note-Internship offerings vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are strongly encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival in Taiwan.
- Though UCEAP does not coordinate internships, our liaison may be able to assist you with the academic component of your internship after arrival.
- Internships for academic credit are new. Be the first to tell us about your experience.
- NTU also offers a service-learning course for academic credit, which includes teaching opportunities in rural communities in Taiwan.
- Non-academic internships and volunteer activities are also available.
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* 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
NTU fall semester participants will receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See other eligible program terms here.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Engineering, Economics and Managment majors do not have a Chinese language pre-requisite as NTU coursework in these fields is taught in English.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 3.00.
* Traditional Chinese characters. Engineering, Economics, and Management majors do not have a language requirement.
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: