Program Overview

Established in 1993, the CIEE Study Center in Taipei provides you the unique opportunity for Mandarin Chinese language training using traditional characters and the latest teaching pedagogies. In addition, you will take a Language Practicum organized by CIEE. The third component of the academic program is a core course in English, structured to teach you about modern Taiwan from both social science and linguistic perspectives. Students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin should be aware that their language ability may exceed the most advanced courses offered.

A full course load is three courses for the semester and five courses for the academic year. You will be required to take a Chinese language course, the Chinese Language Practicum, and the CIEE core course.

Academic year students replace the core course and language practicum with a directed study or internship in the spring semester. The program includes Cultural Ambassadors, which are students from the University who become the CIEE students' friends, language partners, as well as sources of local perspectives. As part of the program, guided field trips are organized to historic and cultural sites in and around Taipei.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Intensive Chinese Language and Culture in Taipei

Additional requirements

  • Coursework in Chinese studies (history, sociology, economics, political science, language, or literature) is strongly recommended.

Course Equivalencies

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.

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

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20203/1/2020Late AugustLate November
Academic Year2020-213/1/2020Late AugustLate May
Spring Semester202010/1/2020Late FebruaryLate May

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