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Taipei City, Taiwan

Program Description

Students will have the opportunity to explore and take courses (while earning JMU credit) at one of JMU's partner institutions abroad - National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan. The partnership with NCCU allows for students to explore independently while having access to the amazing staff and resources available at the university. This international summer school offers English-taught academic courses in history and political science. In addition to the academic benefits, the program provides excursions where students will be taken to the most significant cultural and historical attractions in Taiwan.

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Students will choose from courses and earn up to 6 credits in history, political science, or a combination of the two. Students will select 2 courses from a given module to earn a total of 6 JMU credits. 

Courses consist of lectures offered by NCCU faculty Monday - Wednesday of every week. The module format with changing instructors every few weeks gives students exposure to different types of teaching styles and the opportunity to connect with many different wonderful faculty members. Students have Thursday - Sunday off from classes with optional group excursions on some Fridays. The 3-day class schedule gives students time to travel and explore the country during the long weekends.

Location Description

NCCU is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan - a university with global vision and equal emphasis to humanities and technology innovation. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, students who study at NCCU have the privilege to enjoy fresh air, quietness, sceneries, and privacy, yet it only takes 20 minutes bus ride to downtown Taipei. Food and transportation costs are relatively inexpensive in Taipei, which makes this a very affordable location for students.

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis and well known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets. Students can enjoy mountain hikes and beautiful beaches, all within short train rides from Taipei. NCCU's unique environment offers people with a well-balanced rural and city life.


Angeline McMullin | | Center for Global Engagement


Students will stay in single or double occupancy rooms at NCCU international student housing. The house is fully staffed and only a 5-minute walk from the main campus. Each room includes a bathroom and a mini refrigerator. There is a kitchen area with limited appliances in the lounge area. 

Students will receive a partial meal stipend and a transportation stipend.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid passport is required by all students. US citizens will not need a visa.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors and class levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


POSC 361: Topics in International Relations: Politics of East Asia (3-6 credits)

HIST 341: Selected Themes in World History - History of East Asia (3-6 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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