Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, a modern country of 23 million people located off the southeast coast of mainland China. In addition to being the country's financial and political center, Taipei boasts a vibrant cultural life with superb museums, including one of the world’s foremost collections of Chinese art, the National Palace Museum. The city is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101, and while its history and culture are overwhelmingly Chinese, Japanese and Western influences are clearly visible.
About the Program
The China/Taiwan program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), provides students the opportunity to study in one of three sites on mainland China or Taiwan: Beijing, Nanjing or Taipei. Each site has a distinct academic focus and will give students a different perspective on Chinese society. Students participating in this program will study at some of the region’s most prestigious universities, improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills, and gain an understanding of contemporary China or Taiwan.
A list of courses for this site is available here. In Taiwan (National Chengchi University), students are provided with Mandarin Chinese training along with a perspective on Taiwan’s unique modern reality. All students take two Chinese language courses depending on their language proficiency. In addition, students will take two area studies courses conducted primarily in English.
All three sites in this program will be of particular interest to students majoring in Asian Languages and Cultures. In addition, the Taipei site can accommodate students interested in the social sciences and humanities.
This program is open to juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing who have a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition, for any of the three locations students must have completed a minimum of two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent and one Chinese area studies course prior to participating in the program. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Students may choose between an on-campus dormitory (with Taiwanese roommates) or off-campus housing in the International House with Taiwanese or East Asian roommates. There are on-campus cafeterias and restaurants as well as a large choice of restaurants just off campus.
In some cases, homestay options may be available; see the CGE for more information about costs.
Several excursions are planned during the semester, most integrated into the curriculum, especially with the Chinese Language Practicum. Destinations may include temples, a tea plantation, porcelain works, local businesses and schools, a monastery, and museums, including the National Palace Museum.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room fees and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a four-course semester, health insurance, housing, and program-related activities and excursions. Note that no board charge is included. Students should plan to bring their board fee to cover meal expenses throughout the program. While meal expenses will vary according to individual tastes, we estimate $1500-$1800 should be sufficient for students who prepare their own meals. (Note: costs differ for homestay option).
Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, local transport, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1100-$1250 from the East Coast, local transport from $250, and books from $200—$250. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500, above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.
NOTE: CIEE has supplemental scholarships available to students who have been accepted to the China/Taiwan program. Please see Amy Teel at the CGE for information on how to apply for these scholarships.
HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.
- This program is offered every semester.
- All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and typically will be in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs).
IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.
FALL HANDBOOK / SPRING HANDBOOK
Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.
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