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Education Abroad Office

National Taiwan University

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Taipei
Country: Taiwan
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: National Taiwan University

UofSC’s exchange program in Taiwan is designed to help American students gain firsthand knowledge of Taiwanese culture. This program is located in Taipei, the island’s capital. Students will attend the National Taiwan University (NTU) with roughly 30,000 other undergraduate and graduate students.

Students have the option to explore the capital city, full of an interesting blend of old and new. Museums and ancient temples are met with amusement parks and shopping. Taipei also features plenty of wildlife and nature reserves that are very close to the city. Elephant Mountain, Maokong Gondola rides, and Beitou Thermal Valley are some of the most popular outdoor destinations. The country’s mild weather allows students to explore the outdoors all year round.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs. 

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, Per NTU policy, students with only Taiwanese nationality are not allowed to apply for the exchange. Students with dual citizenship or non-Taiwanese nationality are welcome to apply.

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to NTU. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Taipei. NTU suggests that students budget approximately NTD$ 65,400–156,000  ($2,180 - 5,200 USD) per semester for housing and living expenses. The actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle. 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.

Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours at NTU per semester. More information regarding specific courses can be found on their website.  Please review the course information before selecting courses. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table.  

There are no pre-planned excursions for this program. 

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.

On-campus accommodations are available for UofSC exchange students at the Prince House, Shui- Yuan, and Guo Qing dorms. Move-in packets containing bedding are available for purchase for select dorms and convenience stores containing necessities are nearby. Prices vary on the dorm and the room type. 

The academic calendar begins in September and ends in January for the first semester. Second semester begins in February and ends in June.

There will be a mandatory orientation for all exchange students prior to the start of classes. During orientation, students will be given a brief introduction to student life at NTU as well as register for their pre-approved courses. Please check the "Welcome Week" page for more information. 

All students must have a valid entry visa in order to study in Taiwan. Students who will be in Taiwan less than 180 days will need to apply for a visitor visa. Students who will be in Taiwan more than 180 days will need a resident visa


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