Study Abroad in Taipei, Taiwan for 1 & 2 Semesters

Study abroad in Taiwan, one of East Asia’s hidden gems! In Taiwan, you’ll encounter a unique blend of majestic natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and vast economic progress. As one of the four Asian Tigers, Taiwan is famous for its hi-tech industry and high standards of living.

At the same time, the country upholds its deep roots in ancient Chinese culture and traditions. Add some of the friendliest people in East Asia to the mix, and what you get is an unmatched, unforgettable study abroad experience.

Study abroad at Shih Chien University located in central Taipei, the bustling capital city of Taiwan. You can apply easily on our website and get a confirmation even in one day. 

Why study abroad in Taipei, Taiwan?

  • Taiwan is one of the four Asian Tigers with high standards of living. It has also been rated as the 2nd safest country in the world.
  • If you’re interested in a career in technology, Taiwan with its booming technology industry is one of the best places to head to.
  • The Taiwanese are among the friendliest and most open-minded people in East Asia. This makes Taiwan an attractive destination for students and expats alike.
  • Taiwan has a fascinating and vibrant culture with various cultural influences. In Taiwan, ancient Chinese culture has been well preserved and mingles effortlessly with modern society and values.
  • For centuries, Taiwan was called Ilha Formosa, the “Beautiful Island” in Portuguese. Towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests are just some of the many natural wonders you can explore while studying in Taiwan.
  • Besides mainland China, Taiwan is one of the best places to learn Mandarin Chinese, especially if you’re up to the challenge of learning the traditional characters

Find out about studying abroad at Shih Chien University

Study in the Mesmerizing Taipei

Located between China and the Philippines, Taiwan is Asia’s rising travel destination. Tourists have been interested in it for some years now. The island has everything you need for a perfect holiday: beautiful mountains, rain forests, hot springs, beaches, culture and a trendy capital city. Taipei is like a Chinese version of Tokyo or Seoul, but more affordable than Hong Kong. In this metropolis you can see pieces of Chinese culture that have disappeared from China. Taipei is also considered one of the best food cities in Asia ranging from its mouthwatering street food to award-winning haute cuisine.

Ecotourism is more and more popular in Taiwan, and travelers interested in environmental sustainability should now head to Taiwan, as the country has made strong efforts to protect the environment. In recent years, Taipei has built nice bike paths and scenic routes. Renting a city bike is very easy thanks to many bike stations. Also the high-speed rail network has been improved.

In 2016 Taipei served as the World Design Capital, and different cultural events filled its streets. Our partner university Shih Chien University is also ranked one of the best design universities in the world.

Taiwan’s status as one of the four Asian Tigers wouldn’t be possible without the country’s continuing investments in higher education. In 2017, Taiwan ranked 15th out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness report, with high scores especially in education. Taiwan is perhaps best known as one of the most powerful players in the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry. If you’re pursuing a career in technology and are looking for networking opportunities, Taiwan is the place to go.

While progress and innovation are certainly the name of the game in Taiwan, they blend with traditional values and the preservation of ancient Chinese culture, some of which has been lost in Mainland China. Combine this with the friendly population and you’ll get a fascinating and highly welcoming environment for studying Mandarin Chinese.

 

  • Key facts

    Country: Taiwan (Republic of China)
    Capital: Taipei City
    Area: 35,883 km2
    Population: 23.55 million
    Language: Mandarin Chinese, Standard Mandarin
    Currency: New Taiwan dollar (NTD)
    Religion: Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity
    Time Zone: UCT + 8

  • Best of Taipei

    Taipei 101

    A must-see in Taipei! Taipei 101, Taiwan’s treasured skyscraper, is a 509.2 meters tall engineering marvel located at the heart of Taipei. Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world until the completion of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in 2010. The name of the tower refers to its 101 above-ground floors and the shape of the building is inspired by bamboo shoots.

    The two observation decks of Taipei 101 offer breathtaking views over the city! The indoor observatory is located on the 89th floor and the outdoor observatory even higher, on the 91st floor. The way up to the observation decks won’t cost you too much time, the double-deck elevator of Taipei 101 travels 60km/h and lifts visitors to the observation decks in only 37 seconds!

    In addition to the impressive views, Taipei 101 offers numerous other things to explore. Besides the tower and office space, the base of Taipei 101 houses a luxury shopping mall, food courts, and a wide range of restaurants and stores.

    National Palace Museum

    You can’t miss this! The museum features rare artifacts from imperial China. Kai-šek
    troops who fled communists brought them from Beijing’s Forbidden City after World War II.

    Beitou Baths

    Bath time! From downtown Taipei you can reach Beitou District by metro. Beitou is famous for its hot springs and there are several spas in the area.

    Taipei Confucius Temple

    Confucius Temple is the symbol of Chinese Confucian culture. Located in Dalong Street, so called Dalongdong, Taipei Confucius Temple was built in 1879. The Temple performs also Yayue Dance. Yayue was originally a form of classical music and dance performed at the royal court in ancient China.

  • Geography and Areas

    Taiwan is a 394 km long island on the right side of mainland China and above the Philippines. The capital city, Taipei, is located only 2h hour flight away from Shanghai and Hong Kong and is therefore perfect for those who are also interested in exploring the big cities of China.

    Taiwan is on the same latitude as Hawaii and Mexico. The environment in Taiwan is tropical with a lot of beautiful valleys and forests to explore. The eastern part of Taiwan is mostly covered with mountains which makes Taiwan a heaven for hikers! Most of the big cities are located on the flatter west side of Taiwan.

    Taipei, located on the very top of Taiwan, is a metropolis of 2 million people. Tamsui river runs through the western part of the city where Taipei borders New Taipei City.

  • Climate and Weather

    There is no need for a winter jacket in Taipei! The city is located in the sub-tropical climate zone meaning that the weather is warm the year round. Due to Taiwan’s location in the Pacific Ocean, rainfalls occur quite often, so bringing an umbrella is a good idea. The seasons are not immensely distinct, but generally speaking, the summer is hot and humid whereas the winter is cooler and drier.

    The spring season begins in March and lasts until May. In the springtime, you can see the city and its many gardens in full bloom! The weather is pleasantly warm and long-sleeved clothes are enough to keep you warm during the daytime. Climate gets warmer and more humid towards the beginning of summer. The average temperature in the spring is about 20 °C.

    The summer season lasts from May to September. During the summer, Taipei gets very hot and humid, and there are occasional rainstorms and typhoons. The buildings in Taipei are usually equipped with very good air condition, so it will be easy to find a place to have a rest from the heat. Rain showers are often unexpectable and intense, but fortunately, they usually last only for a short time. The average temperature is about 30 °C.

    The fall begins in September and ends in November. Besides the spring, the fall is weather-wise the best season to visit Taipei. The typhoon season ends after September, and the weather gets drier and sunnier. In November, the average temperature lies at 20°C.

    Winter lasts from December until February. Winter is the driest and coolest season and the average temperature is about 18°C. December is the driest month in Taipei with only 60mm of rain.

  • Transportation and Getting Around

    The easy card is a must-have for moving around in Taipei! It is an electronic fare-card that allows you to pay in metro, bus, or even at certain convenience stores.

    Taipei’s Metro (MRT or Mass Rapid Transit) contains five main lines and is the most convenient way to get around in Taipei. Just remember that eating or drinking in the metro is forbidden.

    City Buses are well available and cover over 300 routes.

    Taipei’s bike share program, Youbike, which began in 2008, has now hundreds of stations with thousands of bikes and millions of rentals. The price for a 30-minute rental is only 15 cents!

    For long distance traveling there are bus and train options. It takes around 6 hours from Taipei to the south of Taiwan by bus or regular train but with High-Speed Rail, you can travel to the south of Taiwan in just 2 hours!

  • Currency

    The official currency of Taiwan is New Taiwan dollar (TWD or NTD). It is subdivided into 100 cents. 100 TWD is around 2,80 EUR.

  • Safety

    Taiwan is probably one of the safest places you’ve ever been. Violent crime is outstandingly low and theft is uncommon. Taiwan was ranked the second safest country in the world in 2015, according to a survey released by U.S. lifestyle magazine Presscave.

    Taiwan is also one of the most tectonically active places on earth and earthquakes are common in Taiwan. On the east side of Taiwan small earthquakes happen almost daily, but in Taipei area, there are rarely big earthquakes.

  • Vaccinations

    Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and Tetanus-diphtheria should be kept up-to-date. Hepatitis A and B are recommended. Japanese encephalitis is recommended for those who are planning on spending a month or more in rural areas or who are going to spend a lot of time outdoors in rural areas after dusk.

  • History

    Taipei lies in the relatively narrow bowl-shaped valley that belongs to the geographical area of Taipei Basin. Nowadays the cities within this area form the largest metropolitan area in Taiwan. In the prehistoric time, the area of Taipei Basin looked completely different than the present-day bustling metropolis. Namely, it was a lake surrounded by mountains. The majestic mountains are probably the only thing that hasn’t changed in the area over the past decades.

    The earliest inhabitants of the area were sailors from other islands in the Pacific Ocean. These first settlers are called “Pingpu” or “plains aboriginals” and their descendants still live in Taiwan. Taipei’s recorded history began in 1709 when the Han Chinese people from the mainland China began to settle in the Taipei Basin. These settlers forced the original inhabitants to return to the surrounding mountains and began to call them ‘mountain people’.

    During the 19th century, the economic importance of Taipei grew especially due to the increases in foreign trade and tea exportation. In 1886, Taiwan was proclaimed a province of China and Taipei was made the provincial capital.

    The Japanese took over Taiwan from 1895 to 1945 and made Taipei their capital. During that time, Taipei’s infrastructure developed a lot and it acquired the characteristics of an administrative headquarters, including new public buildings and other houses. The buildings remaining from that era are nowadays among the city’s most expensive estates. At the end of World War II, the Republic of China (ROC) took control of Taiwan.

    Taipei started to expand and in 1967, and city’s total area increased a lot by absorbing several outlying towns and villages. Today, Taipei is a world-renowned high-tech hub and one of the world’s most densely populated urban areas.

    The current political status of Taiwan is a complicated situation and there are many different opinions on that. Currently, it is a de facto independent state ruled by the government of the Republic of China (ROC). The political and legal status of Taiwan is controversial over questions about whether Taiwan should remain the Republic of China (ROC), become unified with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), or become an independent Republic of Taiwan.

    The complicated situation has caused confusion when maintaining the international relations with Taiwan. Most countries and groups have chosen to unofficially treat Taiwan as a state and at a minimum and not to declare official support for the government of this state. This perspective of the status quo is popular because it does not define the legal or future status of Taiwan and it allows each group to interpret the situation in a way that is politically acceptable to its members.

Study in Taiwan & Design Your Future at Shih Chien University

Shih Chien University is renowned especially for its programs in design. While those seeking a creative career will find their natural match in the university’s course offering, you can equally study business, economics, management and human ecology.

Even if you’re mostly just looking to pick up some Chinese and explore the unique Taiwanese variety of Chinese culture, Shih Chien University is the perfect place to spend one or two semesters.

Find out more about the university below.

Shih Chien University

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Shih Chien University is especially known for its field of design studies. Its courses in design have earned it a rank among the 60 top design schools in the world by BusinessWeek in 2006. Its Master in Industrial Design program was ranked as one of the best 30 design programs in the world by BusinessWeek in 2009. In 2017, has also been ranked on place 18 in a list of top 100 design schools of the world by the prestigious, Germany-based International Design Forum (iF). In addition to its high-profile design programs, it also offers studies in management and human ecology.

 

  • Shih Chien University in brief

    Shih Chien University, formerly known as Shih Chien College of Home Economics, is a private university located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan. It was founded in 1958 by Mr. Tung-Min Shieh, who was the speaker of the Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council in 1972-1976 and the Vice President of the Republic of China in 1978-1982.

    Shih Chien University is home to approximately 15,000 students. The university has two campuses. One in Dazhi, Zhongshan District in Taipei, and the other in Kaohsiung, the second most populated city in Taiwan after Taipei, located in the south of the island. Asia Exchange students study in the Taipei campus.

    The name “Shih Chien” means “practice” in Chinese. It originates from the belief of a great Chinese philosopher named Wang Yangming: “Knowledge is the beginning of practice. Doing is the completion of knowing” (1498). Shih Chien University has kept this motto in mind while implementing and expanding its educational vision.

    Over the years, the institution evolved from a junior college to an institution granting Bachelor’s degrees. In 1991, it was renamed Shih Chien College of Design and Management. In 1997, the institution was promoted to university status. Today, the University is made up of the College of Human Ecology, the College of Design and the College of Management.

    Find out more about studying at Shih Chien University.

     

  • Courses and studying

    You need to be enrolled in an institution of higher education at home when applying to Shih Chien University.

    Study Chinese language, Communication, Design, Business, Economics, Management and Human Ecology. There are both Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses available.

    Find out more about courses and studying at Shih Chien University and how to apply.

     

  • Semesters and application periods

    There are two semesters available at Shih Chien University, autumn and spring.

    Autumn: September–January
    Application deadline: End of May
    (College of Design: mid-April)

    Spring: February–June
    Application deadline: End of November
    (College of Design: mid-November)

    See the exact semester dates and application deadlines on the Shih Chien University page.

  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1790 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 75 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation even in one day
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when applying for two semesters.
  • Accommodation

    The university provides two dormitory options, which are both located within a 15-30 minute drive from campus.

    Many international students choose to rent an apartment on the private market. If you wish to do so, there are many options available.

    You can choose your preferred accommodation option in the application form for Shih Chien University. If you choose to stay in a dormitory, you’ll have to fill out a separate accommodation booking form later on.

    Find out more about accommodation options in Taipei.

     

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Spring Semester 2019 Application Deadline: November 30th

(College of Design: November 15th)

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