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Taiwan: Taipei

Taipei Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
Mandarin Chinese and English

Fields of Study
Language, history, sociology, art, economics, and political science. 

Host Institutions
National Chengchi University
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

On-campus dormitory with Taiwanese students

Program Dates
Fall semester: late August to early December
Spring semester: mid-February to early June. Pomona recommends spring participation

Faculty Liaison
Sharon Hou

CIEE: Intensive Chinese Language and Culture

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. 

Academic Program

 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 on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements

Students live in Taiwanese dormitories with Taiwanese roommates. A meal allowance is provided by Pomona College.



  • Completion of elementary Mandarin (Chinese 1b), or the equivalent.
  • Completion of one Chinese area studies course.
  • 8.25 GPA overall required.


Number of Students

CIEE enrolls approximately 20 students, selected from a national pool. 

Internet Link

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