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Academics

Fields of Study:  Humanities

Advance your Chinese language skills from beginning through advanced levels in this immersive, language-focused program. Courses are taught in Chinese with traditional (complex) Mandarin characters and Pinyin spelling using audiovisual and multimedia instruction techniques. Small class sizes, personal interaction with teachers, and daily Mandarin practice ensure you improve your language skills quickly over a single term.

Unique study opportunities

  • Earn the equivalent of nearly a year of Chinese language in a single term.
  • Attend classes with students from all over the world who share interests in Chinese language and culture.
  • Small class sizes provide many opportunities to practice Mandarin.
  • Cultural tours and activities supplement learning from class lectures.

Language

Language of Instruction: Chinese

Chinese Language Study: Required

Once you arrive in Taiwan, you will take a language placement exam to ensure your learning is customized to your level of Chinese language proficiency. 

All classes are conducted in Chinese using traditional (complex) ​Chinese characters. Mandarin phonetic symbols and Pinyin spelling are used to indicate the pronunciation of characters. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension are given equal emphasis in each class and performance is evaluated accordingly.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program: 

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • Take the Chinese language course (9 quarter/6 semester UC units) for a letter grade only. Take the Exploring Taiwan course (3 quarter/2 semester UC units) for a letter grade or pass/no pass. Additional credit is not available.
  • Regular attendance is required. Absences can result in lower grades.

Current Program Courses

This program concentrates on developing Chinese writing, listening, reading, and speaking skills. The intensive Chinese language course is offered at all levels—beginning, intermediate, or advanced.

Catalogs and Resources

NTU Course Outline: Review program information and detailed course syllabi under the Course section.

Academic Culture

Chinese classes meet Monday through Friday and include lectures, tutorials, and cultural field trips.

In the Exploring Taiwan course, you’ll experience a mix of in-class lectures, field trips, and Chinese cultural activities. The lectures provide in-depth studies on specific social-cultural aspects of Taiwan. The field trips are a way to supplement class lectures.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. This program is new; therefore, an expected date for grades in not yet known.