Why CET Taiwan: Summer?
CET Taiwan students are motivated and hard-working Chinese learners ready to take on intensive language studies and an internship abroad. With an intensive curriculum, small class sizes, and local roommates… you leave Taipei with significant critical language gains and a strong start toward your international career.
Summer 2022: Visa Updates
We know that ongoing border closures are impacting student mobility, especially in Asia. In Taiwan, the Ministry of Education is currently issuing letters of support for students on programs lasting 6+ months or for students who have received a government-funded scholarship. Read more about what this means for you.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You combine a direct-enroll comprehensive language course with the internship component for a total of 10 to 12 recommended credits. As short-term residents of Taiwan, students are expected to learn traditional Chinese characters. CLD courses are instructed using traditional characters, with handouts and additional resources in simplified characters.
You are placed into the appropriate language level and direct-enroll in a comprehensive Chinese language course for 10 credits at National Taiwan University.
If you choose to participate in an internship for academic credit, your placement and this course provide 2 credits. Your class and work hours will add up to a minimum total of 100 hours.
If you don’t need academic credit, you can choose this not-for-credit option:
Intensive Chinese Studies
Whether you are new to the Chinese language or already have several years of college-level experience, you take on an intensive curriculum with small group classes and plenty of individual attention. With passionate teachers, a smaller program size, local immersion, and Taiwanese roommates that bring active language practice into your home life, you leave Taipei with the knowledge and study habits to set you up for long-term language learning success.
Interning in Taipei
Before the summer begins, we work with you to find an internship that matches your interests, academic background, and language abilities with the needs of a local organization. Then once you’re on the ground, we help you navigate Taiwan’s workplace culture so you can make the most of your placement. This isn’t just a line to add to your résumé—you leave with the intercultural communication skills and hands-on experience that will make you a standout in your next professional endeavor.
Housing & Meals
You share a fully-furnished apartment with CET peers and local Taiwanese roommates and enjoy the independence of apartment life in the city. Cook at home or find your favorite bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup nearby. Host movie nights. Get a group together for a potluck dinner. And because your housing is conveniently located in the heart of Taipei, you have easy access to everything the city has to offer.
Eating in Taipei
For meals, take your pick of the budget-friendly restaurants and food stalls nearby. Sample the different types of biandang (Taiwanese bento box) or have a refreshing mangguo xuehabing (mango shaved ice). And don’t forget to try as much as you can at the night markets throughout Taipei—you’re living in Taiwan after all. Feeling a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommates and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in your shared kitchen.
Life in Taipei
A paradise for nature lovers, foodies, and entrepreneurs everywhere, there’s no shortage of opportunities to explore what interests you. Take advantage of Taiwan’s status as a key player in the high-tech industry with an internship. Feast at one of the city’s many night markets. Watch a little league game. Bike the riverside. Check out the vibrant music scene. On weekends, explore Tainan or hop a flight to Hong Kong.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Taipei, experience local culture, or just unwind with your friends. Hike up Elephant Mountain and enjoy panoramic views. Join the weekly Lunchbox Lounge and catch up with the group. Bike up to Tamsui with the local roommates. And there’s even more to see on your own or with friends—see the view from the top of Taipei 101, enjoy the local baseball scene, or go see a music show on the weekend.
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Of the total program fee, $7,190 goes to tuition and fees, $2,000 goes to housing and other student life fees, and $630 goes to cover quarantine housing and other COVID-related costs (CET is covering quarantine housing costs above $630).
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in a shared apartment with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
We help you land the internship, make sure you’re prepared for your job, and then stay in close touch with your host organization… all semester long.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan with GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and National Taiwan University at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to all levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to advanced
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous or current instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office fills out to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
March 1st February 1
*Summer 2022 deadline modified to accommodate COVID-related visa application timelines
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.