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Language Immersion

Summer: Rutgers- Intensive Mandarin in Taiwan

Hsinchu, Taiwan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Aug 18, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Take intensive Chinese language courses for six weeks at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

Supplement your language learning with a course in Chinese Calligraphy and conduct guided research in an area of Chinese Studies. 


Program Locations



Hsinchu City

National Tsing Hua University is a research university located in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. Hsinchu is popularly nicknamed "The Windy City" for its windy climate and "The Garden City of Culture and Technology" by its tourism department.


Students may enroll in up  to three courses totaling 9 credits from the following list

  • Chinese Language (Required for all students): Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced, pending placement at the start of the program (4 credits)
  • Chinese Calligraphy elective (2 credits)
  • Guided Research in China elective (3 credits)

Students have the option of taking 4,6,7 or 9 credits. 

Classes are taught by experienced professional Chinese language teachers from the National Tsing Hua University.  Language classes meet five times a week. Optional calligraphy classes meet two days a week. The Guided Research in China course meets weekly at specially arranged times.  Regular attendance is expected. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.

Language Pledge
The goal of the Intensive Mandarin in Taiwan program is to immerse students in the Chinese language.  For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only Chinese during the entire length of the program.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about  history, culture, and contemporary society in Taiwan and China. 


Sunday July 5: Students depart the US on self-arranged flights (no later than this date)

Monday July 6: Students arrive in Taiwan and NTHU, dorm check-in and campus orientation

Tuesday July 7: Placement start of classes (Mandarin classes are 3 hours a day, 5 days a week)

(Tentative) Saturday July 11: Day-trip to Taipei

(Tentative) Saturday July 18: Walking excursion to Hengshan Township

(Tentative) Saturday July 25: Day-trip to Taichung

(Tentative) August 7-9: Optional self-paid group excursion to historical & scenic sites in southern Taiwan

Monday August 17: Last day of classes and program conclusion

Tuesday August 18: Students depart Taiwan (no earlier than this date)


Note: Other afternoon, evening, and weekend walking tours may be arranged as circumstances allow. Announcements about these will be made after arrival in Taiwan.

Academic Calendar

Summer 2020

Housing and Meals

Students will share double rooms in the residence hall of National Tsing Hua University. There are food courts and restaurants on campus. Students are responsible for their own meals. 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate (4 credit) $3,980 $4,360
Undergraduate (6 credit) $4,120 $4,690
Undergraduate (7 credit) $4,180 $4,860
Undergraduate (9 credit) $4,320 $5,190
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $400
Books and Classroom Materials $20
Local Transportation $75
Personal Expenses $400
Total $2,395.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Faculty Leaders

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Ms. Zhu, Lihui (Zhu Laoshi)  has been teaching Chinese in the Rutgers Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for 20 years. She has also directed the summer program in Beijing.

She is experienced in leading our Chinese language study abroad programs and maintains close contact with National Tsing Hua University in organizing and administering the program.

Email Ms. Zhu at: