Preserving traditional forms of Chinese culture while also boasting a democratic political system, free press and uncensored internet, Taiwan offers fascinating insight into the evolving fields of communications and new media.
At Taiwan’s oldest and most renowned institution for the teaching of journalism and communications, you’ll improve your Mandarin Chinese while deepening your understanding of Taiwanese culture, global communication and trends in new media.
Study abroad in Taiwan and you will:
Have access to an advanced curriculum through the International Master’s Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS)
Improve your Chinese language skills through peer language partners and custom classes catering to students with experience ranging from Novice through Advanced
Experience the professional world through internships with local media organizations
The CIEE Difference
Enroll directly at National Chengchi University’s College of Communication, taking advantage of incredible facilities and a comprehensive curriculum:
Study Advertising Theories, Digital Media Creation, Modern Art Appreciation, orPublic Relations Strategy in the Department of Communications
Take advantage of darkrooms and a digital reporting & editing lab while studying News Photography and News Media Editing
Explore broadcast journalism in the Radio & TV Production Center or get creative in the college’s computer animation studio
Step out of the classroom and into the professional field. The IMICS internship program offers you real- world experience in leading Taiwanese and international media and communications companies. Past internships have included work at companies such as: ICRT, The Taipei Times, The China Post, Central News Agency, Reuters, and Bloomberg.
Explore the country, engage in intercultural exchange:
Visit temples, mountains, tea plantations, and museums around northern Thailand on excursions lead by both CIEE staff and Cultural Ambassadors – local students from NCU.
Meet with locals and expatriates, including journalists, diplomats, business leaders and educators, to gain a broader perspective on living and working in Taiwan.
Give back to your host community through volunteering opportunities with many of Thailand’s myriad NPOs and NGOs
Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours and for the academic year, 30 semester/45 quarter hours.
Chinese language courses have 90 contact hours and 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Host university content courses have 45 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
A full course load is four to five courses for the semester and eight to ten courses for the academic year. Study abroad students with superior level Chinese language skills take five content courses in Chinese or English from the host university curriculum. Students who have completed fewer than eight semesters of previous college-level Mandarin Chinese or its equivalent may take one Chinese language course and/or three to five content courses in English. The Chinese language course is required for students with no previous college-level coursework or demonstrated proficiency in the language.
It is often said that some of the most traditional forms of Chinese culture, religious practices, intellectual and cultural values, and creative arts are best preserved on the island of Taiwan. At the same time, Taiwan maintains a thriving civil society, with its democratic political system, free press, and uncensored Internet. Its capital, Taipei, is an international city with some six million residents and superb restaurants, modern hotels, ancient temples, churches, and an active nightlife. Taipei is known for its cuisine, and its popular music, film, and television are widely influential throughout East Asia.
Where You’ll Study
Established in 1927, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is one of Taiwan’s top educational institutions and is renowned for its social sciences and liberal arts colleges. Its business school is highly ranked and double accredited by AACSB and EQUIS and considered one of the best in Asia. Many of Taiwan’s top government officials are alumni of National Chengchi University. The university enrolls 9,000 undergraduates and is located 8 miles from Taipei. Its green and tranquil campus is situated along the banks of a river and at the foot of a scenic mountain, making it an ideal place to study. The surrounding neighborhood, which caters to the local student population, is lined with restaurants, and cafés.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. As intercultural learning is a signature element of this program, CIEE students have four housing options that include living with local Taiwanese students or a family. The following options are available to all students at the CIEE Study Center in Taipei: on-campus dormitory with three Taiwanese roommates, off-campus International Houses near campus and in Xindian District with one Taiwanese or international roommate, or a local host family. A limited number of students on the Communications, Business, and Political Economy program may also live in an on campus dormitory with one Taiwanese roommate. Students indicate their preferences in their application materials and are notified of their assignments during the pre-departure process, given the limited availability of each housing option. Additional detail about each housing option is provided in the pre-departure reference materials and online orientation.
Housing for academic year students between the fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year fee. Academic year students living with host families may need to switch to other accommodations during the break between semesters.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. There are on-campus cafeterias and restaurants, as well as a wide choice of restaurants right outside the main campus gate.
Established in 1993, the CIEE Study Center in Taipei provides students the unique opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language using traditional characters and the latest teaching pedagogies. The Communications, Business, and Political Economy program began in spring, 2012, and is designed to support students interested in taking content courses either in Chinese or English with Taiwanese undergraduate or graduate students at the host university. Superior Chinese language students may take content courses taught in Chinese or English, and beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese language students may take a Chinese language course at the appropriate level and/or content courses taught in English.
Students of any Chinese language ability, including those with no background in Chinese language, directly enroll at the host university and select from more than 40 content courses taught in English from one or more of six colleges and 14 departments, in addition to two graduate programs. Some graduate courses are open to CIEE study abroad students. Students with superior Chinese language skills can also select from hundreds of courses taught in Chinese across nine colleges and 29 departments. Host university content courses are held from Monday through Friday, depending on the selected schedule of classes.
The academic culture of the host university varies by department and school. While study abroad students are placed in a designated college and department for registration purposes, students are eligible to enroll in most classes in any college and department. Classroom size can range from 20 to 200 students, depending on the course. Teaching styles and requirements vary from course to course, and syllabi for some courses may not be available prior to enrollment. As such students are expected to be both proactive and diligent in terms of meeting the requirements of each course.
Chinese language courses meet for two hours, three times per week. The language classes are small, and students are encouraged to participate actively. All language courses are taught using the traditional (zhengtizi) Chinese characters and the Hanyu Pinyin Romanization system, which is also commonly used in mainland China, although students have the option to learn the Zhuyin Fuhao (Bopomofo) system as well.
The University calendar consists of first (fall) and second (spring) semesters. Academic year students attend both terms. Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the students’ overall experience in Taiwan, attendance in class is paramount. Any extended travel should take place before or after the program or during holidays.