Semester in Taiwan

The University of Alberta Department of East Asian Studies presents 

Winter 2015 in Taiwan

a semester-length program of study in language and culture

Prospective students: please go here to fill out a notice of interest

or contact 

Zeb Raft, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies,, 780-492-1589


Spend an exciting semester in Taiwan!  Highlights of this program include:

  • high-quality language classes, for up to 9 transfer credits, tuition free as part of a University of Alberta exchange program.  
  • Language instruction at ALL LEVELS, including ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS and ADVANCED.
  • 6 additional credits in University of Alberta courses on topics related to your stay in Taiwan
  • opportunities to interact with university students at our partner institution
  • experiencing Taipei, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities


Application deadline: September 19, 2014

Eligible students

All University of Alberta students are welcome, including students already fluent in Chinese.  However,

  • Priority will go to a) language students, and b) majors and minors in the Department of East Asian Studies
  • Students from outside the Faculty of Arts should check with their own faculty about credit transfer


Students from other universities in Alberta are also eligible to apply.


Partner institution in Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University 國立臺灣師範大學 is one of Taiwan’s top universities, and the home of the prestigious Mandarin Training Center (


Credits and courses

Students will receive up to 15 credits:

  • 6 or 9 credits at National Taiwan Normal University.  Language students will take courses in the Mandarin Training Center.  Students fluent in Chinese may choose from NTNU’s broad course offerings.
    • Intensive classes (9 credits) meet 15 hours per week.  All levels.  Average class size: 6-10 students.
  • 6 UofA credits (2 courses) with Zeb Raft (Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies).  With a small group of NTNU students, you will take one writing-intensive course, involving readings from and about Taiwan.  Your other course will be a “practical study” of Taiwanese culture, including field trips and a significant small-group research project.



To accommodate NTNU’s course schedule, we will begin and end later than Winter Term in Edmonton, so students should plan accordingly.  The program will run from mid-February to late-May (late June for non-language students).  Dates will be announced when the NTNU calendar becomes available.


Note: Students must remain in Taipei until the end of the MTC term and receive a passing grade and satisfactory attendance record as defined by the MTC in order to be approved for transfer credit.  Students taking regular NTNU classes (not language classes) should plan to stay for the entire NTNU semester (18 weeks, through mid-June).



Housing in NTNU dorms will be available, but rental housing in the area is abundant and relatively inexpensive.


Canadian passport holders are visa-exempt for 90 days, extendable for another 90 days.  International students should check the visa requirements for their respecitve countries (


Estimated fees and expenses*

* Note: In 2013 we were able to offer roughly $3000 per student (Alberta residents; less for non-residents) in scholarship funding


1. Domestic students


 Return airfare:
 UofA tuition (tuition and fees for six credits, per 2013-14 calendar; some regular fees may be required:
 NTNU tuition and fees waived, per exchange agreement with UofA Faculty of Arts
 Cost of living (~1000 per month for four months for rent, utilities and food)
 Field trips in Taiwan
 Program fee

2. International students

 Return airfare
 Visa  100
 UofA tuition (tuition and fees for six credits, per 2013-14 calendar; some regular fees may be required.)
 Cost of living (~1000 per month for four months for rent, utilities and food)
 Field trips in Taiwan
 Program fee