The capital of Taiwan and the seat of the Nationalist Republic of China, Taipei’s successful trading and exporting practices have made the city a worldwide economic power. Also the cultural capital of the nation, Taipei’s adherence to Confucian ideals and the Chinese arts, in addition to technology, make the city an interesting mixture of modernity and traditional culture.
The Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Program is sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and is housed at National Chengchi University. In addition to formal instruction, the program includes special lectures and several local field trips to the National Palace Museum and the Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall. Longer excursions to Yehliu, Taroko Gorge, or Kenting have also been included.
Fall semester: late August to early December. Spring semester: mid-February to early June. Pomona recommends spring participation.
Fields of Study
Language, history, sociology, art, economics, political science.
One year of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent, and one Chinese area studies course. 8.25 GPA required.
Number of Students
Approximately 4. Total group approximately 25.
Students enroll in a Chinese Language course at the intermediate or advanced level (3 Pomona credits), and a Chinese Language Practicum (0.25 Pomona credits). Students are also required to take the CIEE Core Course, “Topics on Modern Taiwanese Culture & Society” (0.75 Pomona credits).
Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the CIEE study center on a P/NC basis.
Students live in Taiwanese dormitories with Taiwanese roommates. A meal allowance is provided by Pomona College.