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TAIWAN - Learning Chinese in a Living Classroom in Taiwan

CHIN 234 | 6 credits

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Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 3 Global Seminars.

Shortlisted students can expect to be invited for interviews in early January.

Selected students will be notified mid-January. 

About the course

This course is led by Hsiang-ning Sunnie Wang.

An overseas language course involves learning not only the language but also the culture, both spoken and unspoken, of the people who speak that language daily and the ways they live and think. CHIN234 is a six-week intensive Chinese language course designed to help you develop and apply your Chinese language skills while being immersed in the unique environment of Taiwan and interacting with local people.

***You will receive 3 credits from UBC and 3 transfer credits from National Taiwan Normal University***

Language Learning

Through this study-abroad language course, you will establish a solid foundation for continuing to develop your Chinese language proficiency and accuracy. As a participant, you will learn to communicate with native Chinese speakers, sharing on such topics as family, school, travel, and sports, as well as to function in society by asking for directions, ordering in restaurants, negotiating public transportation, and making friends. You will also learn practical knowledge such as how to rent an apartment and seek needed medical attention, which can help you in your future travel and living experiences in Chinese-speaking societies and communities.

During the first 3 weeks (week 1 - 3), we will learn the materials of CHIN231. The last 3 weeks (week 4 - 6) will cover the materials of CHIN233. A detailed weekly schedule will be provided to you every Saturday noon before each incoming week.

About the experience

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.

General timeline

This course will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, from July 8th - August 16th, 2019 .Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.

Program dates - July 8 to August 16, 2019


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.  

Program-specific requirements

This course is specifically designed for students who have completed basic Chinese language courses (CHIN131 and CHIN133) at UBC or have acquired equivalent language competency. You can also be admitted in this course with permission from the course instructor.

Science students need to be in third-year as of 2019W to take this course.  Commerce students need to be in third-year as of 2019W, or obtain special permission from their Faculty, in order to take this course.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application

You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar

You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar

You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure

You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date

Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis

You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $4800-5200 + UBC tuition and flight.

The tuition for the National Taiwan Normal University component is included in the program fee.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award and an $800 (approximately) scholarship from the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Taiwan.

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to your destination is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with an Enrolment Service Advisor will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at go.global@ubc.ca.

Pre-departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email go.global@ubc.ca with your student number in the subject line.

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