This interdisciplinary study-abroad program focuses on the introduction to Taiwan, listed by Lonely Planet as one of Asia’s most diverse destinations. We will travel to the beautiful tropical island, one of the four Asian Tigers, to participate in an immersion program at two universities in Taiwan. The university experience in the city of Taipei (the capital of the Republic of China), and Tainan (a historical yet modern technology gem) will offer Chinese language studies, economic development updates, sustainable business tours, and hands on cultural experience with painting, calligraphy, Kung Fu, and folk arts.
Culture competency is an essential skill for those interested in international trade or intercultural communication. We will learn about Taiwan’s investment in latest information technology, improved sustainable agriculture and ecological development, which made Taiwan an international trading powerhouse with impressive foreign exchange reserve.
Taiwan embraces its diverse ethnic culture and religions. Expect to experience Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, indigenous and folk faiths, and Christianity while taking notes about the various ethnic groups represented here. In addition, students will visit a variety of geological landscapes, tour local socially responsible companies and businesses, green industrial parks, as well as experience Taiwan’s diverse ecosystems. There will be guided tours to the National Palace Museum, as well as visits to historical sites. Taste authentic Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine as well as local snack food at night markets.
Translators will be provided during program activities, so you do not need to speak Chinese to join this program. Students of Chinese, however, will have ample opportunity to learn and practice.
During the first session of the summer, students will travel with the class for a three week study trip. All will be encouraged to document the trip. For students who register for the 12 credits option, you can continue the learning through seminars, film viewing & discussions, and documentary making in the second session. Portfolio including video and/or photo blog documentary can be developed from the study trip also.
March 1st: Notify the faculty of your interest. Then pay a non-refundable deposit of $300 by April 18 toward your program fee at the College Cashier’s Office or online in designated program account 29037.
The figures below are estimates and are provided to give you an idea of how much it would cost to participate in this study abroad program.
Study trip program fees total approximately $3000, including $1500 to $1700 in land travel, covering most meals, lodging (university housing and hotel stays, double occupancy), transportation (train and bus travel within Taiwan), and admissions to scenic sights during the study trip. Approximately $1100– to $1500 is estimated for international airfare between Seattle, Washington and Taiwan, though lower rate may be achieved. Check with the faculty for proposed travel schedule before booking. Students are encouraged to purchase the air ticket early for best international airfare rate. Please contact the faculty immediately or soon to compare quotes.
(Program fees do not include personal expenses, accidentals, or tips to travel guide and driver. Single occupancy also requires extra. )
Total: Program fees & TESC tuition for 8 credits 1st session or 12 credits full session. Program CRN 40015 for 8 credit first session or 40016 for 12 credits, full session. Students wishing to pursue further research and reflection upon their return to Evergreen after our travels are encouraged to enroll for full session.
For Evergreen’s summer tuition rate, see:
If you are receiving or plan to apply for financial aid for the Summer quarter, please contact the Financial Aid office and start the process well in advance. Scholarships are also available and most with a deadline in February and March. Please check our scholarship link or with the International Studies Advisor on campus or contact the faculty as soon as possible if you like more information on various scholarships.
See Application tab for detailed application procedures for this program. Please contact the faculty to indicate your interest and register early, as we have a limit of 20 for this summer program. Pre-Registeration for the program is recommended.
Please contact faculty Lin Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-867-6239 for more information.