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CIEE-Taipei: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture

Program Location Taipei, Taiwan
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31024
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2019 08/24/19 to 11/29/19

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CIEE-Taipei: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture
The Taipei 101 towers over the city.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a high-tech, international city with approximately six million residents. The country is located southeast of mainland China and north of the Philippines. Its history and culture are predominantly Chinese but elements of Japanese and Western influences are evident. Mandarin Chinese is the national language.

The CIEE-Taipei Intensive Chinese Language and Culture is appropriate for beginning through advanced language students who have an interest in improving their Chinese while having the opportunity to take non-language courses taught in English that aid in understanding Taiwanese culture and society. The program offers a flexible and supportive environment in which to experience life at one of Taiwan's most prestigious national universities.

The CIEE Study Center in Taipei is hosted by National Chengchi University, well-known for its social sciences and humanities programs. Established in 1927, NCU is one of Taiwan’s top institutions and is renowned for its social sciences and humanities departments. The University enrolls 9,000 undergraduates and is located 13 kilometers from Taipei. The campus has a lot of greenery and open spaces, and the surrounding neighborhood, which caters to the local student population, is lined with restaurants, cafés, and shops. Buses are easily found, and the campus is near the subway, providing rapid access to most parts of the city.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Taipei: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture
Taipei National Palace Museum

The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has completed at least two semesters of college-level Mandarin or Putunghua and reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Students with prior Chinese language experience must submit a formal language evaluation from Purdue faculty.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-2 Sem Chinese

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
The CIEE Taipei program is designed for students interested in improving their Chinese language skills while living and studying at the National Chengchi University. Semester students take 3 courses for the semester:

Required Language Courses (12 credits)

Required CIEE Core course: Topics on Modern Taiwanese Culture and Society
 (3 credits)

Language Practicum (1 credit)

TOTAL: 16 credits for the semester

The program does not offer a beginner's course in Mandarin so students must take CHN 101 and 102 at Purdue. The area course however is taught in English.


CIEE students live on campus with three Taiwanese roommates. Each room houses four students and includes bunk beds, desks with an Ethernet connection, and closet space for each person. The rooms are primarily used for sleeping as they are quite small; students are encouraged to use the communal TV lounge and study area on each floor.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,233.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$102.00
Round-trip Airfare$1,010.00
Local Transportation$250.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,150.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
CIEE-Taipei: Intensive Chinese Language & Culture
Taipei Opera House

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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