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  • Locations: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Summer Intersession
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
  • Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Chinese Language and Culture Program in Taiwan

I-Shou 1


Are you interested in Chinese language and culture? SIU is offering a three-week summer program in Taiwan that will expose you to many different aspects of Chinese culture and offer you the opportunity to study Chinese language at different levels. The culture course may be used as Core Curriculum credit.


Our program is offered with our partner in Taiwan, I-Shou University The university, established in 1986, is located at the foothill of Guanyin Mountain, Northeast of Southern Taiwan's major harbor city-- Kaohsiung. The university currently has 9 colleges with approximately 17,000 students. There are approximately 2,300 overseas students from 48 nationalities. Apart from its modern and functional campus, I-Shou University is also known for its natural environment.

The campus offers a wide range of facilities and restaurants. I-Shou University is located at E-Da World, the major tourist recreation are in Southern Taiwan. In 2010, the Webmetrics Ranking of World Universities ranked I-Shou University the 9th out of 153 accredited universities in Taiwan, and the 1st among private universities in Taiwan.


May 13 to June 3, 2019. IMPORTANT: These are the program dates in Taiwan. Participants should allow time for travel before and after the program.


3-Week Program (Subject to change)
Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
(3 hours)
Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Eda Theme Park Free Time
Afternoon Calligraphy Bike Tour
Sizihwan, Ci-Jin Beach, Market
Tea Arts Cultural Excursion
The Buddha Memorial Center
Martial Arts cont. cont.
Week 2  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
(3 hours)
Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Trip to Taipei
Afternoon Paper Cutting Bike Tour
KHH City, Lotus Pond, Love River, and Night Market
Chinese Knotting Cultural Excursion
Meinong Folk (Hakka) Villiage
Dough Figurine cont.
Week 3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
(3 hours)
Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Chinese Course Trip to Kenting Free Time
Afternoon Carving a Seal I Making Pineapple Tarts Carving a Seal II Hiking
Takao Hill to observe the macaque monkeys
Farewell Party cont. cont.

CoursesBuddha Memorial Center

Chinese Language Class - CHIN 390 - 3
Beginning Level - No prior Chinese required.
Intermediate/advanced level - To be determined.

Chinese Culture Class - The culture course includes lectures and readings as well as a variety of cultural workshops. May count as Core Curriculum courses EA 102-3  or CHIN 370 (with additional work). May also count as EA370 (not a Core Curriculum class) with additional work. honors students may count as UNON 351-Multicultural/Diversity credits or UNON 351-Humanties.


Culture Workshops

  • Calligraphy 

  • Martial Arts

  • Tai Chi

  • Tea Arts

  • Chinese Knotting

  • Dough Figurine

  • Paper Cutting

  • Carving a Seal

Cultural Excursions:

  • Night Market

  • Bo Er Art Center

  • Taiwan Sugar Museum

  • The Buddha Memorial Center: Construction of the Center commenced in 2001 with the intention of enshrining Buddha's relic

  • Siziwan (Sizih Bay): The Bay is known for its beautiful sunsets and natural reefs. The area includes scenic spots like Siziwan beach, Seaside Park, and the former British Consulate at Takao. You can enjoy the view of the sea, or gaze over Kaohsiung Port

  • Meinong Folk (Hakka) Village: This is an old-fashioned neighborhood, where you can watch traditional crafts being made, sample Hakka lei cha (pounded tea), and purchase well-made paper umbrellas, fans, and bamboo baskets. Hakka cooking is based around noodles rather than rice. Rice Noodle Street is an excellent place to try some more authentic Hakka flavors.

  • Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone: The Bridge was built by the Japanese engineer Ilida Toyozi in 1913. A single track railway, it was the longest railway bridge in Asia at the time.

  • MLD (Metropolitan Living Development: It is rebuild from an aluminum plant, witnessing the past glory of heavy industry in Taiwan. The old factory has been refurbished, preserving the Y-shaped RC pillar that bears the name of MLD in this historic industrial architecture. 

  • Kenting National Park

  • Taipei - National Palace Museum and the Taipei 101 Tower

Educational Objectives - What You Will Learn

The Chinese Language and Culture Program in Taiwan helps students develop Chinese linguistic skills through an immersion language environment and acquire a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the Chinese-speaking world, so as to become well-rounded citizens in the 21st century.


2.5 GPA (May apply to instructor for exceptions). Must be a member of the University Honors program to take for honors credit.

Faculty and Contact Information

The program will be lead by Dr. Shu-Ling Wu, Dr. Wu is an Assistant Professor and the Head of the SIU Chinese Language Program.

Number of Participants

10 -15

Program Charge 

Cost includes:

  • Host University instruction/tuition

  • Accommodation (Shared room)

  • Breakfast and lunch while on-site 

  • SIU insurance

  • Three special Kaohsiung local dinners

  • Field trips to National Palace Museum

  • Taipei 101

  • Yeliu Geopark

  • Kenting Beach

  • Eda Theme Park

  • Night markets

  • Tourist and historical sites

Other Costs-What is not Included:

  • SIU tuition (minimum of one credit)

  • Airfare 

  • Passport

  • Immunizations (if required)

  • Dinners

  • Other meals not included while on excursions 

  • Personal expenses

Payment Plan
Installment 1 - $150 Non-refundable deposit is due with application
Installment 2 -Balance of Program Charge, $1,702,  due January 31, 2019

Installments must be made by check or money order made payable to SIUC at the Study Abroad Office located in Woody Hall.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for SIU Carbondale students and requires full-time registration and other conditions.  You should consult with the Financial Aid Office to get an estimate of what you might have available.  Programs that take place after the end of the Fall Semester/commencement are considered as Spring Semester Programs.  Programs that take place after the end of the Spring Semester/commencement are considered Fall Semester Programs.

Study abroad has scholarships that are available for SIU undergraduate students.  You can apply for those here “Salukis Abroad Scholarship”.​


Housing will be provided at the I-Shou International House, Please note that this facility is more like a hotel than a residence hall.


Participants will be responsible for their own round-trip transportation to Taiwan. We anticipate establishing a preferred flight with the instructor, but participants will not be required to use this. For local transportation, students will be issued a metro card with 100 Taiwanese dollars (NTD) in it to use the bus or metro to the city.  The amount of 100 NTD is about $3 or $4 US dollars and is sufficient for a few days but students will need to add money to the card after that depending on their needs.

Application Deadline and Procedure

Applications are due by March 1, although earlier application is advised. We cannot guarantee that spaces will still be available by this time.

To apply, simply click on the Apply Now button in the top section of the program information. A $150 deposit is due upon application, $50 of which is not refundable. This $150 is included in the program charge. The deposit will need to be paid by check or money order at the Study Abroad Office in Woody Hall once you have submitted your application online.

Please contact Study Abroad Programs,  or 618-453-7670 for assistance.


Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies apply to all programs with the exceptions noted:
90+ days before departure: $50 application charge plus any non-refundable charges
60+ days before departure: $100 plus any non-refundable charges
30+ days before departure: $150 plus any non-refundable charges
Up to day of departure: $200 plus any non-refundable charges
After departure: no refunds

Specific programs may have a different cancellation timetable which overrides the standard policy. 

Programs, whether SIU Global Seminars or affiliated study abroad providers, may require an additional non-refundable payment. That should be listed in their program information and is considered as part of the non-refundable charges. Other non-refundable items include (but are not restricted to) such items as airline tickets, hotel deposits and similar items. Generally speaking, we can only refund what we can recover. All program rates are subject to change based on unavoidable cost changes.

Withdraw Policy

Please contact us immediately if you are unable to participate in a program. it is the applicant's responsibility to notify Study Abroad Programs and the instructor about withdrawals. This must be done in writing--e-mail is acceptable--as well as withdrawing through MyStudyAbroad. You will be considered as a continuing participant until you notify us. If you need to withdraw, it is in your best interests to withdraw as soon as possible and to verify that we have received your written notice.

Additional Information

Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.

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