Undergraduate Global Immersion in Taiwan

Taipai, Taiwan: National Taiwan University

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Mandarin) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

Taiwan lies across the Taiwan Strait a short distance from mainland China off the southeastern coast. The mountainous island offers countless hiking opportunities to accompany the urban lifestyle that characterizes the island's western plains. The culture of Taiwan is one in flux as the country balances its distinctly Chinese past with an ever-increasing global identity spurred by the influx of Asian and Western immigrant groups. The country continues to occupy the world stage as the controversy continues surrounding Taiwan's cultural and political relationship with China.

National Taiwan University (NTU) was given its present name in 1945 and the institution has existed since 1928 when it was named Taihoku Imperial University. Since its inception, NTU has been not only the oldest university in the country but also the leader in higher education institutions in terms of breadth of academic offerings. NTU has been working with international partners and exchanging students for more than ten years, and exchange students will find an exciting academic environment with fellow students from the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific Regions.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: not available (schedule extends into January)

Spring semester: February to June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 16 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester in Taiwan, enrolling in four courses plus a Chinese language certificate course that runs the duration of the semester at NTU.

Carlson School students are able to select courses from every department at the NTU College of Management. Courses are offered in both English and Mandarin, and final information on specific offerings are available to accepted students about one month prior to registration. Courses are available in Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Finance, and Information Management. A sample of available courses includes:

  • E-commerce
  • Competitive Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • Multinational Business Management
  • Financial Information & Corporate Valuation
  • Knowledge Management & Service Innovation
  • Strategy & Organization
  • Asset Management
  • Case Studies in Auditing


On-campus housing is available for students in double bed rooms. There are also rooms available off-campus and the cost of private housing options will vary depending on type and location. NTU will provide detailed information to accepted students on how and where to apply for housing for the time they will be in Taiwan.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,200
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $250
Books and Materials $250
Room and/or Board $3,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $750
Miscellaneous $500
Total $14,980

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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