Founded by the Japanese in 1928, National Taiwan University (NTU) is generally considered the top-ranked university in Taiwan. The University has 11 colleges, 54 departments, 103 graduate institutes, and 4 research centers and a total population of around 33,000 students. NTU's vision embraces strong knowledge, strong techniques and strong elites, guided by independent thought and a pioneering spirit of enterprise. Experience of the Chinese world is a considerable asset for students of today. An NTU education gives a clear competitive advantage – they are ranked 1st in the entire Chinese-speaking world by ARWU, a major international university ranking.
NTU provides many opportunities to develop your potential alongside some of Taiwan's best students and faculty, within an exciting and supportive environment. Around 800 courses are taught in English. Students are able to undertake the most extensive range of academic programs in Taiwan. No matter what subject you are interested in, there is likely to be a significant number of high-quality courses for you.
With 10 percent of the student body coming from abroad, NTU is an exciting environment in which you can pursue your academic interests alongside students of 75 nationalities, faculty and scholars.
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.
To help you to be familiar with NTU student life, and assist you during your stay, NTU provides you a current student volunteer to help you. Your volunteer can help you in both academic and practical matters in NTU and Taiwan such as operating the complicated Online Courses Selection System, give you some useful tips in choosing courses.
NTU has more than 400 student clubs in operation, comprised of 8 different types of clubs: self-governing, academic, entertaining, servicing, social development, group activity, physical training, art and sports teams. For more information, please go to the Student Activity Division website.
If you would like to experience an inside view of what life in Taiwan is, while learning more about politics, history, economy in Taiwan, or other aspects of Taiwan's society, then you can consider participating in the activities and short-term stays organized by the Taiwan Host Family Program.
The Fall semester runs September to early January. The Spring semester runs February to June.
Under special circumstances, when students cannot stay until the end of the scheduled examination period, students may inform the instructors at the beginning of the semester and see if an alternative exam can be arranged. Neither Goldring nor NTU's Office of International Affairs will become involved in matters pertaining to individual instructors’ decisions on such arrangements.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 151 - 200 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Top 151 - 200 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
NTU offers around 800 courses in English. Students are able to undertake the most extensive range of academic programs in Taiwan. For a list of courses commonly offered 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 NTU's Course Information System at https://nol.ntu.edu.tw/. To search for a course, you need to first select the academic year. Note the way that Taiwan counts years, which is based on the founding of the Republic of China in 1912. If you use the Chinese version of the NTU Online Course Information, 105-1 means 2016-1 (The First Semester from September 2016 to January 2017) and 105-2 means 2016-2 (The Second Semester from February 2017 to June 2017). Although Chinese is the main language of instruction at NTU, there are also courses taught in English by certain colleges/departments. You may refer to NTU Online Course Information System → Courses Conducted in English
The Center for International Education offers a variety of tailor-made Chinese language and culture programs for international students and collaborates with colleges and departments to broaden NTU’s offering of English-language curricula. It promotes an active and balanced student lifestyle and encourages cross-cultural exchanges.
If you are looking for an intensive Chinese course that provides personalized instruction with a small class size, there are some fee-paying programs provided by CLD and ICLP. For further information please contact CLD (Chinese Language Division) or ICLP (International Chinese Language Program).
There are two phases of the course selection process: the preliminary online course selection and the add/drop period. Preliminary Online Course Selection takes place approximately one month prior to the commencement of classes. The add/drop period takes place for the first two weeks of the semester, where students are free to add courses with consent from individual instructors or to drop courses online. By the end of the course add/drop period, students are required to confirm their course choices. Dropping courses after this period will result in a "W" mark on the transcript.
The teaching style varies, but in general students can expect to spend more time preparing for class and doing homework. Traditionally, classes at NTU are lecture-based. Increasingly, however, classes at NTU are more focused on team exercises and hands-on work. NTU is a highly-ranked university. As such, students should prepare for an academically challenging experience. With hard work and determination, however, most international students do well.
The assessment of performance varies: written or take-home exams, progress reports, oral presentations, group reports and essays. Examination periods normally fall in mid-November and early to mid-January for the Fall; mid-April and mid-June for the Spring. Under special circumstances, when students cannot stay until the end of the scheduled examination period, students must inform the instructors at the beginning of the semester and see if an alternative exam can be arranged. Neither Goldring nor NTU's Office of International Affairs will become involved in matters pertaining to individual instructors’ decisions on such arrangements.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
National Taiwan University uses a U.S.-based letter grading system.
General Eligibility Requirements
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.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
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.