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.

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 is open to students who are citizens of mainland China. However, students with Taiwanese citizenship are not eligible, unless they are a dual citizen

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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 this page to 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). For more information about Chinese language classes, visit this page.


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.
 

Housing Description

National Taiwan University provides several dormitory options, which include Prince House, Guo Qing Dorm (IYC) and General Dorms. Both single and shared rooms are available. Students also have the choice to arrange their own independent housing. For additional information on housing options, visit NTU's Office of International Affairs website.

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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Fall-Winter Semester
Year
2019-20
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Late January
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Late June
Term
Spring Semester
Year
2020
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early February
Departure Date
Late June

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.