Self-learning and Collaborative Learning
Studying in an overseas program can be linguistically, physically and culturally challenging, but it will help you gain invaluable life skills, personal growth, and intercultural competency. Aside from learning from people in Taiwan, you will greatly benefit from your own reflections and also learn from your colleagues who walk beside you throughout these six weeks. Your cooperation with and support for each other will be the best way to survive in, make the best use of, and enjoy a different life and culture.
A typical day might include:
Working hard. In order to help you advance your language competency in 6 weeks, you should expect an intensive course schedule and compressed workload during weekdays. However, you will have a few long weekends to explore the diverse culture of Taiwan on your own.
Playing hard. This course includes a range of extra-curricular activities, such as local cultural workshops, site visits, art performances, and craft activities, local family visits, and outdoor activities. These unique activities will help you to understand Taiwan from within and appreciate the diversity of perspectives among its people as well as its history, geography, traditional and popular culture, and economics.
Being supported and supportive. You will receive learning support from our excellent instructor team composed of UBC faculty, local professional teacher assistants, and friendly language partners. You are also expected to collaborate with and support the people you work with.
Introduction to Taipei
Taipei, which literally means “north of Taiwan,” is one of Asia’s most exciting, diverse, and friendly metropolises. The city is Taiwan’s largest city as well as it's economic, political and cultural center. It is also home to one of the tallest skyscrapers and one of the most convenient public transportation systems in the world. You can visit Taipei’s historical sites and enjoy walking through the city easily in one day by a well-planned network of subways and buses. Also, It also takes only a few hours by high-speed rail to visit other cities or find yourself in the simplicity and beauty of Taiwan’s country-side. When staying in Taipei, a late-night city, you can also visit lively books stores, vibrant marketplaces, and a multitude of restaurants serving delicious food 24-7.