Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

International Chinese Language Program

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National Taiwan University: Taipei, Taiwan

Program Highlights

This program has a long history. Now hosted and administered locally, it was once host of the IUP program, which uses the same pedagogical approach. Small classes (often just three students), focused content (supplementing textbooks with plenty of primary source materials), and a hands-off approach to student life. Minimal extracurricular activities and outings, since most students are graduate students or young professionals who prefer to dictate their own free time. Limited language pledge (in classroom building only). Taipei is a convenient, fresh alternative to Beijing. Taiwan has incredible geographic diversity across this small, accessible island.

Assignments and class preparation demands are quite high. Independent students with prior experience living abroad should consider this program, since much of your living arrangement and all of your free time will be in your own hands. May not be a good choice for first-year students who haven't traveled much or lived independently before.

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Language Levels

2nd year through high advanced Chinese

Terms Offered

Summer, Academic Year

* Note the ICLP is on a quarterly academic calendar, so Summer is June - August and the Academic Year is 3 of the 4 quarters (Fall Quarter: September to December; Winter Quarter: January to March; Spring Quarter: March to June).

Additional Information

Although the quarter system makes timing difficult, it is possible to attend ICLP during the academic year for less than three consecutive quarters with conditions. Make an appointment with a Light Fellowship advisor to learn more.

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My decision to take a gap year after sophomore year to attend ICLP was pretty last-minute, especially because for pre-med students such as myself, taking such a gap year in middle of college isn't very common. However, I knew that I would be unable to travel later on or even study abroad because of factors such as medical school interviews, MCAT, etc. Looking back, I think this was definitely the right decision for me, even if it was difficult at the time. "

Selcen Yuksel
International Chinese Language Program
Academic Year, 2016-2017