National Sun Yat-sen University

Kaohsiung city view

National Sun Yat-sen University

Take intensive Chinese language classes and immerse yourself in the local culture

Location: Semester or Year in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Language of Instruction: Chinese
Term: Spring
Academic Disciplines: East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: Yes
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Take intensive Chinese language classes and immerse yourself in the local culture
  • Live and study in the vibrant city of Kaohsiung, a port city in southern Taiwan known for its modern architecture and historical and cultural attractions. 

National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) was founded in 1980 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The university is a tier-one national research university.  With the support of the Ministry of Education through the “Aim for the Top University Plan” and “Higher Education Sprout Project,” NSYSU has endeavored to pursue excellence in teaching and research and has earned an international reputation as one of the world's top universities. NSYSU offers an exclusive opportunity to explore Taiwan’s unique culture while studying in a friendly learning environment. The Chinese Language Center(CLC) of National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) is a government-recognized center for Chinese learning.

Taiwan Huayu Best Scholarship:

  • All participants of this program receive the Taiwan Huayu BEST Scholarship.
  • Students will receive a monthly stipend of NT25,000 New Taiwan Dollars (about $830 USD) per month for three months which equates to about $2,500 USD. 


Chinese language program: 

The Center teaches standard and classical Chinese to non-Chinese speaking people from beginner to advanced levels. It is dedicated to equipping students with comprehensive Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities. When learning the language, students will also learn about the culture and life of the Chinese-speaking people.

The program offers Chinese language courses 3 hours per day for 15 hours a week.  Courses are offered either in the morning or the afternoon. 

Three kinds of Chinese language courses are offered according to the difference of students’ language proficiency. 

1.    The first one is the integrated course. Integrated Courses are divided into eight levels and aim to develop students’ general language skills, which are listening, speaking, reading and writing.

2.    The Second is the improvement course. The improvement courses, based on the integrated course, focus on improving the proficiency of daily conversation and reading so that the conversation class which has three levels and the reading class which is divided into eight levels are offered. 

3.    The third is the practical course.  Practical courses are for students who are above the advanced level.

Watch a video about Chinese Language Center at NSYSU. 

Cultural courses (non-credit bearing): 

Each term the CLC offers culture classes focusing on certain aspects of Chinese art, history and society. Classes include Peking Opera, Calligraphy, Painting, Name Chop Carving, Taiwanese, Tea Customs, Chinese Culinary Art, Chinese Martial Arts, Folk Singing, Chinese macramé and other related subjects of interest. These classes help strengthen students' understanding of Chinese culture and will help them make the most of their stay in Taiwan. These classes are mainly taught in Chinese. 


Students live in double-occupancy rooms in on-campus dormitory at NSYSU. Each room has two beds, a desk, closet and air-conditioning. There is a convenience store and student restaurant in the dormitory where students can purchase meals.

More details about the International Dormitory can be found here.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

•    Sexual and Gender Diversity

•    Students of Color Abroad

•    Visible and Invisible Disabilities

•    Religious, Spiritual, and Non-Religious Students

•    Adult Learners and Non-Traditional Students

•    First Generation Students 

•    Students with Children

•    Students with Financial Need

•    Veterans, Active Duty, and ROTC

Open to Kansas degree-seeking undergraduate students who have achieved sophomore status by the beginning of the program and graduate students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.