National Taiwan University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or Above
Location: Asia, Taiwan
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

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 Semester 2024-25 2/1/2024 Late August Late December
Academic Year 2024-25 2/1/2024 Late August Mid June
Spring Semester 2025 2/1/2024 Early February Mid June

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

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. 
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.

Note for Fall Semester students: Please be aware that a small number of NTU professors may require additional assignments or class meetings into January, so you should ensure to check your course syllabi carefully when you register to avoid registering for classes that may require you to stay into January.

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

The application process for this program is competitiveGEO staff will review your application materials, and a decision about your enrollment will not be made until after the application deadline. In some cases, an interview is required. If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted with further details about this process after the application deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Successful applicants will receive an exchange nomination from GEO. Selection will be based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and written statements. 

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. If you receive a nomination from GEO, you will also need to complete the host university's application, which is administered and reviewed by your host university directly. Instructions will be provided after acceptance by GEO. The host university makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Housing Description

Limited places in university residence halls may be available, but students should be prepared 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.