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Detailed information about this program is shown below.
  • Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

Intensive Chinese Language
and Culture in
Taipei, Taiwan


Sightseeing in Taipei

This program is designed for students who wish to learn about Chinese language, culture, and history.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline. Applicants are advised to meet with Ashlee Wolfe at in the Asian Languages and Cultures department to discuss how coursework may count toward major/minor requirements in Asian studies. No exceptions will be given for students to receive language credit from this program to apply to language requirements in ALC.


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Minimum 2 semesters college-level Mandarin or the equivalent
  • 1 Chinese area studies course recommended
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students take 3 courses per semester (5 courses for the Academic Year): a Chinese language course (at appropriate level), the Chinese Language Practicum, and a CIEE core course. Please see the CIEE website for course descriptions and syllabi.

15 Michigan in-residence credits per term.

The language practicum helps students use their language skills outside the classroom on visits to local sites such as temples and museums.

Academic year students with advanced language proficiency have the option to work on independent study projects or internships during the second term.

Chinese language courses are taught in Chinese. CIEE core courses are taught in English.  

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Winter 2015 Budget Sheet

Scholarships and Funding

CIEE Scholarships: students can apply for these scholarships as part of the application process (submit materials to the CGIS office as part of program application)

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • CIEE Application (online)
  • CIEE Scholarship Application Materials
  • Statement of Purpose (online)
  • Course Study Plan (online)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Dormitory with Taiwanese roommate. See the link for more details.

Men and women’s dorms are on the NCCU campus, about a 5 minute walk from CIEE. Dorms include 24-hour security and laundry facilities, with bathrooms and study lounges on each floor. Internet access provided.

Need to Know

2013-14 CGIS Handbook Supplement for Taiwan
Program Website (CIEE)

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/15/2018 11/15/2018 TBA TBA