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Education Abroad Office

National Sun Yat-sen University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Kaohsiung
Country: Taiwan
Term: Spring

The UofSC exchange program at National Sun Yat-sen (NSYSU) is designed to introduce UofSC students to life and business in Taiwan.  The NSYSU campus uniquely situates at the crossing of hills and sea, adjacent to the Kaohsiung Harbor. It is located in the scenic Sizih Bay and surrounded by the Longevity Mountain and the Taiwan Strait. The spectacular beach offers a natural venue for recreation and water sports, and the sunset is the most splendid scenery sought by many from all over the world.

Category: 2, students must have successfully completed 1 or more 300-level (or higher) courses in Chinese, or demonstrate evidence of equivalent capability

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to NSYSU. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Kaohsiung. NSYSU suggests that students budget approximately NTD$ 10,000-12,000 per month for living expenses and NTD$ 7,500-17,000 per semester for accomodations. The actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle and accomodations. To get an idea of​ ​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Taiwan compared to other countries in the world.

NSYSU offers few courses in English. Courses are available and selection takes place two weeks before courses begin. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The Office of International Affairs organizes several events and excursions throughout the semester. Examples include cooking classes, monkey tours, and language tables. 

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

NSYSU offers two types of housing options on-campus for students, a local or international dorm. Students can apply to stay in the student dormitories when applying for the exchange program.

IB students will attend NSYSU during the Spring Semester. The academic calendar for the Spring Semester (2nd Semester) runs from Mid-February to Late-June. 

The international student orientation and welcome activities will be held before school starts in mid-February. Topics will include visa, cultural adjustment, course selection and important regulations. During orientation you will have the opportunity to get to know other incoming students, some current NSYSU students, and explore NSYSU comprehensive resources

Students studying more than 180 days in Taiwan are required to obtain a Resident visa. U.S. students appling for a resident visa should apply through a  Consulate. South Carolina residents and USC students can apply through the Consulate in Atlanta. Resident Visa holders are required to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (A.R.C.) at the city/county police headquarters nearest to their residence in the Taiwan within 15 days after their arrival. They may stay in Taiwan as long as the A.R.C. remains valid. 


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