Summer: Rutgers- Meditation and Social Work in Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2024 (travel dates)
May 15, 2024
May 30, 2024
Mar 01, 2024
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing

Program dates: 

Online, prior to departure: May 8-15, 2024

Program travel dates: May 15-30,2024



Program Advisor

The Program

Meditation and social work are two distinct but interconnected areas. Both have a role in promoting physical and mental well-being, harmonizing in diverse ways. The aims of the course are to introduce students to the development of meditation and social work in Taiwan, unveiling the intricate links between these two domains. Students will have a chance to participate in meditation practice and explore the connection between meditation and social work practice.

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Program Locations




Home to approximately 6 million residents, Taipei is the thriving economic, political, and cultural center of Taiwan. Students will spend the first week at National Taiwan University, in the School of Social Work. The second week will be spent in New Taipei City, at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts. 


This course will introduce the meditation development in Taiwan, including Buddhist tradition and mindfulness-based programs, as well as the rapid development of social work profession in various fields, which play a vital role in addressing social issues, providing support to vulnerable populations, and advocating for social justice and equality. Students will explore comparative perspectives on social work practice between Taiwan and the United States, drawing on the academic literature, research initiatives, and site visits to various organizations and agencies. This is an elective course for students with a special interest in meditation, and international social work.

Housing and Meals

Students would stay in hostels and university dormitories, all meals are included.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
Program Cost NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,150 $3,480
Graduate $3,350 $3,670
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • Emergency Medical Access Abroad

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 $1,800
Meals $500
Personal Expenses $500
Total $2,800.00
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.

Rutgers Global – Global Initiatives Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. The award can be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Upon returning to Rutgers, Scholars are expected to promote study abroad through classroom presentations, study abroad fairs, or information sessions.

Application Portal

Rutgers Global – Global Initiatives Applications should be submitted through the Rutgers Global - Global Initiatives online portal.

Steven Henin, Assistant Dean
Rutgers Global – Global Initiatives

Faculty Leader

Dr. Chien-Chung Huang

Chien-Chung Huang (Ph.D., 1998, Social Work, Columbia University) is a professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research emphasizes the roles of social welfare policy and social work on the well-being of vulnerable populations. In recent years, Dr. Huang has focused on the effects of mindfulness on health. Dr. Huang has led study abroad programs since 2012.