Taiwan, with its cosmopolitan cities, is Asia’s most vibrant democracy, yet it is also a place of stunning natural beauty with mountains and hiking trails to explore and beautiful beaches to enjoy. It combines the customs and folkways of the Hoklo, Hakka, indigenous, and mainland peoples that inhabit it. Traditional Chinese religions, arts, music, foods, and cultures are all well preserved here and are readily accessible.
Our program will be based in Taipei, one of the top ten foodie destinations of the world, with its museums, national monuments, night markets, theaters, and old streets. Students will take intensive advanced language classes at the Mandarin Training Center (MTC), Taiwan’s oldest, largest, and best-known language training program, based at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). In addition to twenty hours per week of Chinese language classes, students will also have weekly individual tutorials, cultural explorations, and language partner activities with local NTNU students. You will attend church meetings with a local Taiwanese congregation and attend the Taipei Taiwan Temple and Young Single Adult activities using Chinese. We will take study trips to explore Taiwan’s Hakka culture in central Taiwan; the Taroko Gorge, beaches, and indigenous cultures on the East Coast; and hot springs, a coastal nature preserve, and Taiwan’s old cultural capital Tainan in southern Taiwan. Come experience and explore with us!