National Taiwan University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or Above
Location: Asia, Taiwan
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

The National Taiwan University (NTU) exchange program provides you with the opportunity to study in the dynamic city of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, at a highly-ranked research institution. NTU is often considered the most prestigious university in Taiwan, and its alumni include former presidents and Nobel laureates. On this program, you have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subjects in English, study Mandarin Chinese, or take regular classes in Chinese if you have a high enough language level.

Located in downtown Taipei, NTU’s campus is easily accessible via public transportation. Taipei offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere with impressive cultural and historic monuments. With over 2.5 million residents, Taipei is a very international city, blending together Chinese culture with international cultures.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall-Winter Semester 2022-23 2/1/2022 Early September Late January
Academic Year 2022-23 2/1/2022 Early September Late June
Spring Semester 2023 6/15/2022 Early February Late June
Academic Details

Courses in English
Although the main language of instruction at NTU is Chinese, some colleges offer courses taught in English. There are courses available in English in a variety of subjects, including Asian studies, international studies, political science, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, business administration, and more.

To search for classes in English, visit this page:  Click on ‘English’ on the top right, then click on ‘Courses Conducted in English.’ By default, each page of the search results will show 15 classes, or you can increase the number in the “Each page shows the number of courses” box. Also, you can visit the NTU Courses page and download lists of classes in English for each college.
The updated course list is usually posted around one month before the semester begins, and students will register for classes online around 2-3 weeks before the start of the semester. Students should refer to the previous year’s classes when making a preliminary course plan.

Chinese Language Classes
Students have the option to take one or more Chinese language classes at NTU. NTU offers all level of Chinese language classes, from complete beginner to advanced. The General Chinese courses meet for 6 hours/ week, and cover reading, speaking, listening, and writing. The classes are usually 3 NTU semester credits (5 UO credits). Students also have the option to take an Enhancing Chinese course, which offers extra practice hours in addition to the General Chinese course. This class meets for 4 hours/ week and is usually worth 1 NTU semester credit (2 UO credits). NTU also offers Applied Chinese courses, on topics such as Business Chinese, Taiwanese, Chinese Folktales, etc. The Applied Chinese Courses meet for 2 hours/ week and are usually worth 2 NTU semester credits (3 UO credits). Visit the NTU website for more information about Chinese language classes.

Regular Courses
Most classes at NTU are taught in Mandarin Chinese. You need to have advanced proficiency in Mandarin in order to take regular classes taught in Mandarin. You may take regular courses and Chinese language courses at the same time. Graduate-level seminars are also available in the following fields: Chinese language and literature, Chinese linguistics, Chinese history, Chinese arts (including drama, music, and visual arts), and Chinese business.

On the NTU program, you will earn:

  • around 18-24 UO credits per semester

Please refer to the NTU links for the updated credit information on their classes. One semester credit at NTU is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements
  • There is no language requirement, but one year of Chinese is recommended in order to facilitate daily life in Taipei
  • If you wish to take regular NTU courses taught in Chinese, you must demonstrate sufficient Chinese language proficiency
  • This program not open to students who are citizens of mainland China or Taiwan, unless they are a dual citizen with a different country
Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to National Taiwan University. Nominations are made in March for the fall/winter semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for National Taiwan University, which typically consists of a statement of purpose, official UO transcript, copy of passport, etc. Notification about acceptance will usually happen in early June for fall students, and in early December for spring students. Students will receive the hard copy acceptance materials several weeks after being notified of acceptance.

Housing Description

Students should plan to arrange their own independent housing. For additional information on housing options, visit NTU's Office of International Affairs website. NTU recommends that students use the services offered by the Tsuei Ma Ma Foundation to arrange their housing.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.