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  • Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Residence hall or dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange / Direct Enroll
Recommendation Requirement: None required
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Student Reflections
Academics Dates and Costs
  Visa Information

About National Chengchi University (NCCU)  

  • Click here to learn why you should study in Taiwan.
  • Founded about seventy years ago
  • Renowned for humanities and social sciences
  • Main campus located in the southeastern suburbs of Taipei, which is close to many tourist spots in WenShan District
  • Approximately 9,000 full-time undergraduates attend NCCU
  • Taipei attractions include Chihnan Temple, Tea Display Museum, Taipei Zoo, National Palace Museum (which houses the best collection of Chinese art in the world), just to name a few.
  • Beginning through advanced Chinese courses offered on full and part-time basis
  • The Office of Student Affairs offers art and cultural events , a well-equipped gymnasium with a wide variety of sports facilities and a swimming pool.
  • Office of International Cooperation offers support services for Richmond students
  • For more information about Taipei, click here
  • Visit NCCU's YouTube web page to see more.
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  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 *GPA in the major is most important
  • Prior study of Chinese is not required, but is recommended
  • Courses in Chinese and English
  • Students not proficient in Chinese are required to take at least one Chinese language course.
  • Most courses carry 3 credits and have 3 contact hours per week. There are some 2-credit courses. *If a student needs credit towards a major or minor requirement and the course is only 2 credits, they must confirm with their academic advisor in the major or minor that the 2-credit course will count towards fulfilling the requirements.

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.

Unit Conversion

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 Registrar's web page 

NCCU uses an A-F grade similar to the one used at Richmond.  Note:  a course with a grade earned below 63 will not transfer back to Richmond.

OIC Exchange Student English-Taught Course List:

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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.

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Student Reflections
David Markarian studied abroad at NCCU in Spring 2007. Below are his reflections on the NCCU program and his study abroad experience in Taiwan.

NCCU2Deciding 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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Dates and Costs

Click this document link for specific information for NCCU Dates and Costs AY1819.

Visa Information

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.

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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.

April 2018

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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