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National Chengchi University (NCCU) was founded in 1927 in China and relocated to Taiwan in 1954. It’s located in southern side of Taipei City near the metropolitan districts. It is a leading university in Taiwan in the fields of Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, and International Relations. NCCU currently has 247 partner schools at the university level from five continents. It is a university with global vision and provides a truly international environment to foreign students.
NCCU's College of Commerce was established in 1958. The College of Commerce is regarded nationally as one of the best business schools in Taiwan. The College is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.
Taiwan ranks among the top fifteen trading countries in the world today. It also enjoys one of the highest living standards in Asia. The island of Taiwan is located about 120 miles off the eastern shores of Mainland China, approximately central between Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Taipei City is Taiwan’s capital and the center of economic, cultural, and political activities. You will find in Taipei City a combination of tradition and modernity in its architecture styles and vigorous cultural activities. It has a dizzying number of places to explore, starting with a trip to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101. Night markets offer an affordable taste of many cuisines, ancient temples provide a look into the past, and hot springs offer relaxation in the middle of the bustle. Taipei’s popular music, film, and television are widely influential throughout East Asia. Travel around the island and within Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, China and Thailand) is easy.
Students have many opportunities to interact with locals and experience Taiwanese culture. Taiwanese people are hospitable towards foreigners and make foreigners feel welcome. NCCU offers opportunities for students to get involved in sports and clubs on campus. There are a number of recreational facilities, student performances, and activities on campus. Language exchanges with local students are easily arranged and beneficial to students wanting to learn Chinese or Taiwanese. Travel around Taiwan is convenient and allows students to explore and experience different cities and parts of the island. Weekend trips are affordable and sometimes arranged by student ambassador groups.
The Office of International Programs provides a “buddy program”, in which for every exchange student, two to three local Taiwanese voluntary students will be assigned to be his/her buddies. These local ‘buddies’ will assist them in any problems they may encounter, to help them adjust to the life in Taipei.
Overall, the program at NCCU allows Freeman students to become completely immersed in Taiwanese culture.
The Fall term runs mid-September until early January. The Spring term runs February to June.
There are a great number of English instructed courses in various departments and programs for students to choose from. For a list of courses commonly offered at NCCU and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, see the NCCU's Undergraduate Course Catalog.
There are mandarin courses once a week (3 hours * 18 weeks) for exchange/freemover students for free. A special arrangement of weekly courses totaling 54 hours a semester has been arranged for beginners and students in intermediate level including the listening, speaking, reading and writing .
If you wish to study mandarin more intensively, the Chinese Language Center offers a variety of regular courses and elective courses. Regular courses are designed to enhance listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at different levels, while elective courses are available for those who already know the language and would like to sharpen their skills in listening and speaking or to learn Classical Chinese, Business Chinese, and Taiwanese. Workshops, activities and field trips are organized to provide students with opportunities to integrate culturally and socially with local students. Instructors in the program are highly qualified professionals with years of experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language to individuals with various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. For more information, please visit the Chinese Language Center website at
Online course enrollment. The details will be announced by email in late August for the Fall and late January for the Spring.
Classes are generally lecture- and discussion-based. Attendance and participation are required. Students studying at NCCU can expect homework assignments and group work. Workload depends on the classes you take.
The academic assessment methods on exchange students are frequently in the forms of class participation, attendance, examinations, quizzes, projects, assignments, case studies, and presentations for each individual course.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
NCCU uses a 100-point grading scale. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at NCCU.
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see http://incoming.iep.nccu.edu.tw/node/55 for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
International House (I-House)
Every year, hundreds of scholars from many countries around the world come to NCCU for academic visits, as well as approximately 300 exchange students, 500 diploma-seeking foreign students, and other research students visiting on a short-term basis, who together give NCCU a total population of overseas students that approaches 1,000 per academic year. In order to accommodate visiting guests and international students, NCCU has I-House, a seven-floor building located in a very convenient area near the school. I-House offers a variety of rooms to choose from, each equipped with high-speed fiber internet and telephone, providing convenient communication for all residents. For optimal comfort, I-House is run by a hotel-management team that offers 24-hour front-desk service. There are common halls on the first, second, fourth, and seventh floors equipped with leisure facilities for residents' use. I-House also hosts social events on different occasions, to which all I-House residents are invited. More information at http://oic.nccu.edu.tw/files/11-1000-352-1.php.
NCCU dormitories are non-coed. Smoking and cooking are both prohibited in all NCCU dormitories. All rooms are furnished with bed frame, reading desk with drawers, bookshelf, wardrobe, air conditioner, and cable Internet. Mattress, sheets, pillows, blankets, and toiletries are not included. There are information desks, TV rooms, laundry facilities in the dormitories. Please refer to the website of the Housing Service Section for additional information of the dormitories, such as available room type, fees, bed size, facility, and etc. More information at http://oic.nccu.edu.tw/files/11-1000-277.php?Lang=en.
The NCCU has established an off-campus housing rental website for students who would like to stay off-campus and the information is very abundant and is updated monthly. However, all the information in Chinese since mostly of the landlord speaks Mandarin; thus, we will suggest students who want to find off-campus housing to contact your NCCU buddies for assistance. More information at http://incoming.iep.nccu.edu.tw/node/612.
NCCU Incoming Exchange Website
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Taipei, Taiwan Official Tourism Website
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