Summer in Taiwan: Chinese Language Program at National Sun Yat-sen University


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Summer in Taiwan: Chinese Language Program at National Sun Yat-sen University


Study intensive Chinese language classes and participate in cultural activities at National Sun Yat-sen University Chinese Language Center in June and July.

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Language of Instruction: Chinese
Term: Summer
Academic Disciplines: East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: Summer Non-Faculty Led
Open to non-KU Students: Yes
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Take intensive Chinese language classes at National Sun Yat-sen University Chinese Language Center
  • Complete up to 10 hours of KU Chinese language credit
  • 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.

 

2024 Dates:

    Depart U.S. for Taipei: May 31, 2024

    • Arrive in Taipei: June 1, 2024
    • Taipei Tour: June 2, 2024
    • Depart Taipei for Kaohsiung: June 3, 2024
    • Classes begin: June 6, 2024
    • Classes end: August 2, 2024

    Depart Taipei for U.S.: August 3, 2024

    National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) is one of the top universities in Taiwan and the NSYSU Chinese Language Center (CLC) is a government-recognized center for Chinese learning. This 8 week summer program at NSYSU offers intensive summer Chinese language classes and cultural activities offered by NSYSU’s Chinese Language Center. Students will earn KU credit that may also be able to fulfill major and minor requirements.

    Taiwan Huayu Best Scholarship:

    • Participants can receive the Taiwan Huayu Best Scholarship from NSYSU CLC which is a monthly stipend of 25,000 NTD (about $800 USD/month) for two months for a total of approximately $1,600. Up to 23 scholarships are available for KU students provided that student fulfills English Teaching requirement. Huayu Best scholarships are provided onsite in Taiwan by NSYSU.
    • Recipients of the scholarship are required to teach English to school age children for a total of 6 hours during the 8 week program.

    NSYSU Airfare Supplements are available to KU students studying at NSYSU. More details confirmed after acceptance.  

    Kaohsiung City is located on the southwest coast of Taiwan and is the 3rd largest city in Taiwan with a population of 2.73 million. It is Taiwan’s largest port city and is located 1 ½ hours by high speed train from Taipei. Students can experience Taiwan’s amazing food such as fresh tropical fruit and delicious food from bustling night markets as well as enjoy its exciting nightlife. Kaohsiung’s offers both traditional and contemporary sites such as important historical temples, the Lotus Pond, the Old city of Zuoying as well as fabulous beaches and contemporary architecture, art and music venues.

     

    NSYSU Academic Summer Program

    • Chinese language class five days a week (Monday-Friday)
    • 120/160 hours total (hours depend on level and track). See details below.
    • Cultural courses offered in the afternoon, such as calligraphy and seal cutting.
    • Students teach English 6 hours total during the program.

    1st Year Chinese LanguageLevel (120 hrs)-Track 2:
    CHIN 100 Elementary Conversational Chinese I (3 KU Credits)
    CHIN 101 Elementary Conversational Chinese II (3 KU Credits)
    CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese I (4 KU Credits)

    2nd Year Chinese Language Level:
    Track 1: 160 hours of Chinese. Students who had a B or above in their Chinese language course, CHIN 108 as of mid-Feb. 2024.
    CHIN 204 Intermediate Chinese I (5 KU Credits)
    CHIN 208 Intermediate Chinese II (5 KU Credits)

    Track 2: 120 hours of Chinese. Students who had a B- or below in their Chinese language course, CHIN 108 as of mid-Feb. 2024.
    CHIN 251 Reading and Writing Chinese I (3 KU Credits)
    CHIN 252 Reading and Writing Chinese II (3 KU Credits)
    CHIN 290 Accelerated Chinese (3 KU Credits)
    CHIN 206 Intermediate Chinese Conversation (1 KU Credit)

    3rd Year Chinese Language Level:
    Track 1: 160 hours of Chinese. Students who had a B or above in their Chinese language course, CHIN 208 as of mid-Feb. 2024.
    CHIN 504 Advanced Modern Chinese I (5 KU Credits)
    CHIN 508 Advanced Modern Chinese II (5 KU Credits)

    Track 2: 120 hours of Chinese. Students who had a B- or below in their Chinese language course, CHIN 208 as of mid-Feb. 2024.
    CHIN 386 Advanced Chinese Conversation (2 KU Credits)
    CHIN 512 Advanced Chinese I (2 KU Credits)
    CHIN 513 Advanced Chinese II (2 KU Credits)
    CHIN 498 Directed Readings in Chinese (4 KU Credits)

    4th Year Chinese Language Level (120 hrs)-Track 2:
    Consult KU EALC department regarding potential transfer credit

    Students reserve and pay for their housing depending on their housing choice and length of stay.

    Option 1:

    Yama HotelYama Hotel is a 20-minute walk to campus. Each room has a small refrigerator. Breakfast is not included.

    • Double occupancy: $2,035 USD if sharing a room with another student (based on 8 weeks)
    • Single occupancy room: $4,065 (based on 8 weeks)

    Option 2:

    NSYSU Dormitory (4 bedroom): approximately $215 USD (limited)

    NSYSU Dormitory (2 bedroom): approximately $410 (very limited, may be possible after June 24th)

    Note: The dormitories are located in a mountain area that has a wild monkey habitat.

    NSYSU Dormitory Information (.pdf)

    Option 3:

    Combined Housing Option of Yama Hotel (June) and NSYSU Dormitory (July), approximately $1,100 USD

    • NSYSU Dormitory rooms are limited in June especially for a 2 bedroom.
    • It is more possible to receive an offer for a 2 bedroom at NSYSU Dormitory in late June after the NSYSU semester ends.
    • If a student receives a NSYSU dormitory room in late June, students can stay at Yama Hotel for the first month and then transfer to the NSYSU dormitory.

     

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    Open to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum 2.50 GPA required (exceptions considered only after submission of a petition).
     

    Note about Video on this website: 
    Please note that 2024 program will not be identical as the video on this website but gives you a general idea of the program.  

    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

    This summer program for 2nd year and 3rd year meets the requirements of the FLAS scholarship. KU undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for summer fellowships. Summer awards are up to $8,500. Students interested are encouraged to visit www.flas.ku.edu for more information. FLAS application deadline for Summer 2024 is February 2, 2024.

    NSYSU Airfare Subsidy: KU Accepted Students may receive this subsidy of transportation. More details confirmed after acceptance.