Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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|About the Program||Accommodations|
|Academics||Dates and Costs|
Richmond students are encouraged to take 4-5 classes each semester for 12-15 credits respectively. However, if they are simultaneously taking language classes, they are advised to take 3 content courses, since the language course will count for 6 credits.
NCCU semester hours will be converted using the formula: Semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as one unit. For more information about conversion to units, read the web page http://registrar.richmond.edu/registration/programs/studyabroad/units.html
Transcripts from NCCU will list the scores rather than the letter grade.
NCCU uses the following grading system for regular NCCU courses as well as for courses offered specifically to exchange students.. A=80-100; B=70-79; C=60-69; D=50-59; E=Less Than 50
*NOTE: The Chinese Language Course has a different grade scale as follows: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; E=59-below.
OIC Exchange Student English-Taught Course List: http://oic.nccu.edu.tw/eng_credit_course
International students normally live in the International House, which is approximately 10 minutes by foot from campus. If they do not get a room in the International House, they may be allocated a room in one of NCCU's residence halls. Students must buy their meals as there is no meal plan or kitchens in the dormitories. There are many cafeterias and small restaurants beside the campus offering low cost and nutritious meals.
Deciding to study abroad was a decision that took me about half a minute to make and 2 or 3 days to complete all the requisite information. I knew I wanted to go to Asia and continue to learn Mandarin, so those were my only criteria. My first choice was Hong Kong and Taiwan second, but a simple error on my part meant that I would be going to Taiwan. Probably one of the best mistakes I've made.
My goal was to vastly improve my Mandarin. I had only taken a semester's worth at Richmond, and that became immediately apparent with the placement test. The class at the National Chengchi University was intensive. Intensive as in 120 hours of class hours. We met every weekday for 2 hours, and by the end of the session, I had a solid foundation and the ability to communicate some basic thought and ideas. The progression was much faster than I thought I was going to see, considering some say that Mandarin can be learned in 5-10 years.
My business classes were excellent as well. Through the OIE, I was able to be enrolled in the IMBA program which allowed me to take graduate and MBA level finance and management courses. Even though I was the youngest person by at least 3-4 years, the Richmond educational base that I had allowed me to comprehend and complete the courses even though some were extremely challenging. The students were a mixture of locals, Central Americans, and plenty of Western Europeans. The language barrier wasn't as hard to break as I thought.
Being located at an easy access point in Asia, I made several trips from Taiwan. I went to Cambodia for spring break and saw the Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and went to a wedding. In Thailand, I stayed around Bangkok and experienced the nightlife culture that it is famous for. In Macau, I experienced the "Las Vegas of Asia."
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Students are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. Do this early! For more information, please visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office's website.
For more information
Contact Michele Cox in the Office of International Education.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the documents are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.May 2016
|In order to make friends with the local students, I joined a variety of clubs and got involved in the community by attending a local church. Living in a dorm on campus would have also helped to make friends with the local students. It is easy to make friends with students abroad as well, as the majority of them lived in my dorm-style building for international students. There are two clubs on campus that bring together local and international students to take trips or do fun activities. These trips, as well as other independent travels, allowed me to explore the country. In my free time, I went out to eat with friends, site-seeing, enjoying the night life, and attending night markets or shopping districts.|
|— Spring, 2013 Participant|
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