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National Taiwan Normal University

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Availability | Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

Founded in 1946, National Taiwan Normal University has a mission to train outstanding teachers for secondary education. NTNU is a diverse, multinational institution and community, with an international student population of nearly 3,000 students, including students enrolled in the Mandarin Training Center. NTNU is composed of three campuses and fifty-eight academic departments and graduate institutes are divided between ten distinct colleges. Currently, around 49 departments and graduate institutes are open to international students.

Established in 1956, the Mandarin Training Center not only boasts a long history, but is also the largest and most well-known Mandarin language center in the world. Each academic quarter lasts three months and offers language courses at all levels, cultural courses and many extracurricular activities in order to meet the needs of the students of as many as 60 different foreign nationals from across the globe.

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Application Deadline for Summer: March 12
Summer Semester:  July 1 - August 21, 2014
Other Summer Program Dates: July 2-30 and/or Aug 1-28


Students studying for the summer semester will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in Taiwan. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change.

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Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees (12 credit hours)


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee



Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)


The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Not that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.



Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei, the nation’s capital, has always been the political and economic center of the country. It is also an international city with a population of over 2.6 million people, the world’s tallest building, a fast and easy Mass Rapid Transit system, a bustling night-market culture, international cuisine, more shopping centers than any other major city in Asia, and host to world-class international performances. Apart from its modern side, Taipei has also inherited a rich culture of long traditions. The internationally renowned National Palace Museum is home to a resplendent display of treasures from Imperial China spanning many different dynasties, and also is considered owner of the largest Asian antiquities collections in the world. Throughout the city, many artifacts, old streets, and temples of historical value have been preserved. Just outside the city is Yangmingshan National Park with its extraordinary volcanic geological features, breathtaking flora and fauna, and a vast network of walking paths, which combine to create an exceptional natural environment and getaway for the inhabitants of Taipei.

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NTNU has a number of exercise facilities on campus including indoor swimming facilities (an Olympic-size pool, a small swimming pool, a SPA pool, a steam room, and saunas), track, tennis courts, basketball courts and a large gymnasium that houses space for weight training, aerobics, and dance. NTNU is host to over 100 student organizations and clubs offering diverse extracurricular activities for students.  


Most UNC students will enroll in Chinese Language courses taught at the Mandarin Training Center. Classes are offered at various levels, from beginner to advanced level. Students are placed in classes suited to their level based on a proficiency examination. All classes are conducted in Chinese. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension are given equal emphasis in each class. Students will earn a full semester of credits during the summer quarter at NTNU.

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Language of Instruction



To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least two semesters courses at UNC before the start of the program.


This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.


NTNU will help students arrange accommodations in one of the NTNU dorms. There are eleven NTNU student dormitories. Each room is shared by 3-6 students. Single rooms are available for an increased room rate. Each room is furnished with tables, chairs, lamps, beds, telephone, and fan. All dormitories are equipped with internet connections. Bathrooms are not located in the dorm rooms. Rather, community facilities include: bathrooms and toilets, washing machines, washers, dryers, clothes lines, lobby, televisions, cafeteria, and recreation facilities. Students can purchase meals on campus or eat off- campus.

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Students must complete the UNC study abroad application AND the NTNU application. Students meeting the minimum requirements will be selected to participate.


Once you are accepted to NTNU, you will be issued a letter of invitation from the university. Upon receiving this letter, you will apply for your visa with the ROC embassy located in Kansas. You will apply for a “visitor” visa for your study time in Taiwan.

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