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Study Abroad in Taipei, Taiwan

Founded in 1946, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) 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, where UNC students will enroll.

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.


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 second 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.


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. During the first two weeks of each quarter, free pronunciation and radical classes are held to help prepare and refresh the student.

Students can supplement their Mandarin language courses with courses in English.


  • To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC.
  • No previous Chinese language experience is required. 
  • 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 quarter or one academic year.


Students must first complete theUNC study abroad application and an additional application for NTNU, which should be obtained from their Study Abroad Advisor. Complete information on additional documents required for the NTNU application.

Once nominated, you will receive a login to complete the online application. All other supplemental documents will be sent to Taiwan via the CIE-Study Abroad Office.

Important Dates

Application Deadline for Fall: March 12
Fall Quarter: September 1 - November 30

Winter Quarter: December 1 - February 28
Spring Quarter: March 1 - May 30
Summer Quarter: June 1 - August 31


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 Consulate located in Kansas City. You will apply for a “visitor” visa for your study time in Taiwan.


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

All costs are based on a five-month semester

  • Housing and Meals

    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.

  • Program fees (billed through your UNC account)

    Tuition and Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

    The below 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.  Note 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.





    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-Country Health Insurance


    Texts/Course Materials


    Essential Daily Living Expenses


    Total Estimated Expenses (without spending money)


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