Taiwan: Chinese Language and East Asian Studies Semester with NTNU

In 1946, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) was known as Taiwan Provincial Teachers College. Similar to GVSU, NTNU's roots are in teacher training which over time grew into a comprehensive university. Located in downtown Taipei, NTNU is a top ranked institution serving over 16,000 students. In addition to offering over 70 academic programs, the University also operates the Mandarin Training Center for students interested in improving their Mandarin language proficiency. The campus also houses an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, as well as a modern computer center with wi-fi access.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) coordinates an orientation program when students first arrive. Throughout the semester, the OIA also plans an occasional weekend excursions for the international students. Additionally, there are many on-campus events. Most students will live in on-campus housing where they will spend time with local and other international students.

This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.

NTNU Website

2020 Program Brochure

2020 NTNU Fact Sheet

Inbound Exchange Student Website

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2.5 GPA Required
Mandarin Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - January 2022
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - June 2022
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Winter 2022

Estimated Program Dates: February 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021 (Closed)

Fall 2022

Estimated Program Dates: August 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Program Dates: September 19, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Winter 2023

Estimated Program Dates: February 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022





The most updated Fact Sheet provides links to course information:

2020 NTNU Fact Sheet

Courses available at NTNU:

First, read the Exchange Student Course Selection Guide to see the structure of how students will select courses.

Category 1 - International Culture Program

Must complete at least one course
All courses in this program are taught completely in English
Some courses are located in the Exchange Student Course Selection Guide
See this list for Additional International Culture Programs

Category 2 - NTNU Courses

Must complete at least one course from one of the following departments at NTNU
Courses taught alongside Taiwanese students
Chinese Department courses are almost all taught in Chinese

Chinese Department Course List
Course descriptions can be requested through the Padnos International Center

English Department courses are taught in English

English Department Course List
Course Descriptions

Category 3.1 - Department of Chinese as A Second Language

Optional course(s)
Chinese language courses offered through NTNU
Find course breakdown in Exchange Student Course Selection Guide

Category 3.2 - Mandarin Training Center (MTC)

Optional course
Chinese language courses offered through the MTC
Maximum of 6 hours per week available
Though NTNU does not give academic credit for these classes, GVSU will award credit
Check the Mandarin Training Center's website for more information about their program

Listing of all courses available in English at NTNU

Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.

 Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions. 

Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.


Students have the option to live on-campus in dormitories which accommodate 4-6 students, and offer shared bathroom facilities. New international students are given priority for on-campus housing. NTNU's International Affairs Office will assist students with securing a reservation for on-campus housing. The residence halls are an ideal place to meet NTNU students. Students will have to purchase their own soap and toilet paper. Additionally, students will be required to purchase their own foam mat, sheets, pillows, etc. for the bunk bed. These items are very inexpensive and can be purchased in the night market behind the residence halls.

Students can choose to live off-campus in a local apartment, however participants are responsible for making their own arrangements. NTNU does provide an information guide to students who are interested in off-campus accommodations.

See NTNU Housing Handbook for further description of accommodations.

Cost and Scholarships

  • Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $7,616
  • GV Tuition, 12-15 credits ($7,120) based on upper-level, in-state rates for 2020-21.
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)
  • Health Insurance CHUBB ($160).
    • Estimated based on 120 days ($1.33/day).Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details                           

Other expenses (estimate): $6,685 - $7,485

  • Passport/Visa ($310)
  • Flight ($1,500—$1,700)
  • Housing ($1,300- $1,500)
  • Food ($2,025)
  • Books & Supplies ($150)
  • Personal expenses ($1,400 -$1,800)

Total Estimated Cost: $14,301 - $15,101 (per semester)

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Cost Breakdown 

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above Cost Breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.


Questions? Contact studyabroad@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3898 

Additional Scholarships


Open to all majors 2.5 GPA Required

Additional Information

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Visa Requirements

US Citizens will be required to apply for a resident visa to study in Taiwan for a semester or a year. For additional information on the application requirements, consult our student visa guide.

Note: Due to government regulations, students who study at NTNU as an exchange student are not allowed to work part-time while pursuing their studies.

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (Taiwan)

US State Department - Students Abroad

American Institute in Taiwan: 3rd Floor, Consular Section, #7, Lane 134, Hsin Yi Road, Section 3, Taipei, 106 Taiwan

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report


Application Timeline

2020 Program Brochure

2020 NTNU Fact Sheet

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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