This four-week program provides students with an immersive introduction to Mandarin Chinese and hands-on coursework in the history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues of one of Asia's most vibrant democracies. Participants explore the unique ways Taiwan has responded to challenges all modern societies face, while gaining a better understanding of an increasingly important region of the world.
Participants attend lectures and discussion sessions on Taiwanese history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues with relevant excursions that bring course concepts to life. Students also receive basic instruction in Mandarin Chinese - no prior knowledge is required.
All classes are taught in English by expert faculty experienced in teaching students from around the world.
All participants who successfully complete the program earn 2 units (the equivalent of approximately eight undergraduate credit hours or ten graduate credit hours) of U.S. academic credit in political science and sociology awarded through Bryn Mawr College.
Excursions & Activities
Extracurricular activities such as traditional cooking, calligraphy, tai chi, and service learning with a local community organization, allow hands-on engagement with Taiwanese culture and society.
Housing & Meals
Students live in a dormitory with other participants during their stay in Taiwan. Students are responsible for paying for their own meals besides those provided during orientation and cultural excursions.
Applicants seeking additional funding for their trip may consider the following resources:
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides award for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. See the Gilman website for more details or contact your study abroad office.
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) - The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Visit the Freeman-ASIA Program website for more information on how to apply.
- Study Abroad Scholarships from Your University - Many colleges and universities, via their Study Abroad/International Education offices, provide scholarships to students for the sole purpose of studying abroad. Check with your study abroad office to find out if such scholarships are offered at your home institution.
- University Financial Aid Packages - Are you receiving financial aid to attend your home institution? Many financial aid packages can be use to study on American Councils programs. Check with your financial aid office and study abroad office for more details.
While overseas, participants have access to in-country program staff that provide around-the-clock emergency support. A full-time resident director oversees the academic and cultural program; assists participants in academic, administrative and personal matters; and coordinates activities with the host institution faculty. During the program, the AC Study Abroad Team in Washington, D.C. stays in close contact via email and telephone with in-country program staff and provides updates as needed to study abroad offices, university partners, and family members.
Participants are enrolled in comprehensive overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for the duration of the program. CISI provides medical coverage of up to $250,000 per accident or illness. Enrollment in the CISI plan also provides full coverage for emergency medical evacuation.
U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa for visits to Taiwan under 90 days in duration. It is the student's responsibility to obtain any other visas required by their individual itineraries.