Study abroad in Taipei at Shih Chien University

Study Chinese, business, management or human ecology in the heart of Taipei at a university known for its high-quality English taught programs! Live for a semester or two in one of the safest and most open-minded countries in the world and learn more about Taiwan’s unique mix of ancient traditions and modern progress. It’s easy to apply and your study placement can be confirmed already in one day.

Semester dates and application deadlines


Spring semester Autumn semester*
Semester dates February 18th  – June 21st September 16th – January 17th
Orientation February 15th September 16th
Registration period (mandatory) February  13th – 14th September 12th  – 13th
Application deadline November 30th, 2018 April 30th, 2019

*Dates still tentative


Spring Semester Autumn Semester
Semester dates  – September 10th – January 12th
Orientation (mandatory)  – September 7th
*Registration period (mandatory)  – September 5th – 6th
Application deadline  –  May 31, 2018

There will be a mandatory registration period for all students a couple of days before the official start of the semester. All students must present themselves at the university on the announced registration dates.  

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Key facts about Shih Chien University

Shih Chien University, formerly known as Shih Chien College of Home Economics, is a private university located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan. Over the years, the institution evolved from a junior college to an institution with the power to grant Bachelor’s degrees and was renamed Shih Chien College of Design and Management in 1991. In 1997, the institution was promoted to university status.


Shih Chien University
Taipei Campus
No.70, Dazhi St., Zhongshan Dist.,
Taipei City 104, Taiwan

University’s website

Studying abroad at Shih Chien University – Program Overview

You can apply to study abroad at Shih Chien University in spring or autumn, or for two semesters. You choose among courses in Chinese language and culture, business, economics, management and human ecology. The courses are Bachelor’s level, and in business studies there are also Master’s level courses available. The courses take place at the main campus located in central Taipei.

You get to study together both with international students from all over the world as well as local students. You’ll be able to build an international network of friends, get to know the local culture firsthand and improve your intercultural communication skills.

You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore the cultural and natural wonders in both Taipei and the whole of Taiwan.

  • Who is this program for?

    If you’re interested in East Asia, Chinese language and culture, and living in a unique environment where modernity blends with tradition, Shih Chien University’s study abroad program is the right choice for you.

    Especially if you’re a student in the fields of business and management and want to build a career in the hi-tech industry that Taiwan has a big role in, you need to look no further.

  • Studies

    Available courses are mostly found in the College of Management (English Taught Program in International Business), the School of Liberal Education and Chinese Language Center. Although you can make a preliminary study plan, actual course selection takes place during the orientation day. The final course list will be announced in the beginning of each semester.

    You can choose Master’s level (graduate) courses even if you’re a Bachelor (undergraduate) student and vice versa.

    You can choose courses worth 25 local credits at maximum. At minimum, you must complete courses worth 9 credits (Bachelor / undergraduate level students) or 6 credits (Master / graduate level students) in total. To find out more about credits, see the section Credits below.

    List of courses taught in English

    See the below exemplary list for courses that have been taught in English in previous semesters. You can use this list is for reference when creating your study plan. An up-to-date list of the available courses for the upcoming semester will be available 2-3 months before the semester starts.

    List of courses taught in English at USC

    Course descriptions

  • Credits

    The courses at Shih Chien University are worth between 2-4 Taiwanese credits. One Taiwanese credit corresponds to 2 ECTS/ ca 1 US credits. One course is therefore worth 4-8 ECTS / 2-5 US credits.

    The minimum number of credits to complete is 9 local credits (18 ECTS/ ca 11 US credits) for Bachelor’s level students and 6 local credits (12 ECTS/ 7 US credits) for Master’s level students.

    All students can earn a maximum of 25 Taiwanese credits during one semester.

    Read more about converting Taiwanese credits.

  • Activities outside class

    The university organizes day-long excursions in Taipei and longer, two-day excursions elsewhere in Taiwan. The cost for the day trip is ca. 50 USD and the cost for the two-day trip is 240 USD. You are also free to organize your own trips. You can find tips for places to visit in Lonely Planet:

    Taiwan in Lonely Planet

    The campus has many facilities for different kinds of sports (including a pool, a gym and sports fields), which are at your disposal with your local student card.

    If you’re up for picking up a new hobby, you can try Chinese opera, calligraphy, painting and martial arts.

  • Student visa

    All international students in Taiwan need to apply for a student visa at their local Taipei Representative Office, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office or Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). There are two different visa types depending on whether you apply to study abroad for one or two semesters at Shih Chien University.

    Find out more about the Taiwanese student visa.

  • Shih Chien University accreditation
    • Accredited by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)
    • Among the 60 top design schools in the world (BusinessWeek 2006)
    • Master in Industrial Design program was ranked as one of the best 30 design programs in the world (BusinessWeek 2009)
    • Ranked 18th in a list of top 100 design schools of the world by International Design Forum (iF)
  • Accommodation

    The university provides one dormitory option, Huan Shan Dorm, located 10-15 minutes from campus by public transport.

    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.

    Find out more about accommodation options in Taipei.

  • 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.

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Apply to study abroad at Shih Chien University



 Get the required documents (see list below)



Fill out and submit the online application form
together with the required documents



You’ll get a confirmation of your
study placement within 1-7 days

  • Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancel at no extra cost up to 1 month before the semester starts.
  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • You must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • You should have sufficient English skills (at least B2 level). No language test is required.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required documents
    • An official transcript of records in English (stamped and signed by your home institution)
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip starts)
    • Electronic passport-sized color photo
    • CV (in English)
  • Application instructions
    • Get the other required documents in PDF format and the electronic passport photo in JPG format.
    • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format (electronic passport photo in JPG format).
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation and official acceptance letter

    You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1-7 days, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.

    Student visa for Taiwan

    All students need to get a student visa before departing for Taiwan at their local Taipei Representative Office, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office or Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). There are two different visa types depending on whether you apply to study abroad for one or two semesters at Shih Chien University. Find out more about student visa for Taiwan.


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance either from your home country or an insurance recommended by Shih Chien University for the whole duration of the program. See our recommended travel insurance providers. You can also purchase a health and accident insurance at the university after arrival (cost max. 5000 NTD).


  • Frequently asked questions

Shih Chien University Application Form

Quick facts

 Level of studies
Bachelor and Master

 Fields of study
Chinese language, communication, business, economics, management and human ecology

 Next application deadline
April 30th, 2019

 Semester duration
4 months

Max. credits
ca. 38 ECTS
ca. 23 US credits

Tuition fee: 1790 EUR
Application fee: 75 EUR

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Reasons to choose Shih Chien University

Study abroad at a university famous especially for its English Taught Program in International Business. There are both Bachelor and Master level courses available in this program.

You will get a solid introduction to Chinese language and culture. You’ll also be able to mingle with locals and a large number of other international students in the many courses taught in English.

The university is centrally located in Taipei, a city with excellent public transportation networks and bicycle paths surrounded by green mountains.

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