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A&M AGLS Exchange: National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer 2
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Agribusiness, Agricultural Development, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Journalism, Agricultural Systems Management, Agriculture, Agriculture/Life Sciences, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Botany, Dairy Science, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Science and Management, Entomology, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries, Marine Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Ocean and Coastal Resources, Outdoor Education, Poultry Science, Range Science, Rangeland Ecology & Management, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences, Renewable Natural Resources, Soil Science, Spatial Sciences, University Studies Agriculture, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Program Advisor:
Cathryn Clement, Patrick Moore
Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Additional features: Internship, Research
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:

National Taiwan University
 
Becoming National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1945, the university is the first integrated and most prestigious institution of higher education in Taiwan. NTU has taken up the responsibility of promoting the level of academic research study and teaching putting emphasis on scholarly research in basic theory and academic thought.


The NTU College of Bioresources and Agriculture has steadily expanded its programs to meet the growing demands of today’s agriculture environment. By actively developing in all agriculture related fields, NTU has moved to improve agriculture production technology in order to reach international agriculture research standards. Departments within the College include agronomy, agricultural engineering, agricultural chemistry, plant pathology, entomology, animal husbandry, agricultural economics, horticulture, microbiology, forestry, animal science and resource conservation. The College’s goal is to train students to understand basic life phenomenon, and related knowledge and testing methods, in order to cultivate a working knowledge of applied biological technology.
 


Location

The National Taiwan University is located in Taipei’s Da’an District. The 300 year-old city is coming of age. With Chinese, Japanese and Western influences in its food, culture, folk arts and architecture, Taipei manifests the mix that is Taiwan. Aside from streets filled with markets and restaurants, day trips from the city include tea fields, hot springs, river parks and colonial towns backed by a mountainous national park. Within Taipei, do not miss the Minnan-style temples filled with unique decorative arts, the heritage lanes turned gourmet café and boutique centers, the buzzing neon neighborhoods or the nightlife scene all growing in reputation yearly.

Eligibility Requirements

  • This program is limited to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Have a classification of Graduate Student or Junior or Senior by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in Chinese or English
  • Obtain a student visa
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to January)
  • Spring Semester (February to June)
  • Academic year (September to June)
  • Summer II (June to July)
Courses

One of the benefits of participating in the exchange program at NTU is the wide range of courses available. Exchange students are able to enroll in any course the College of Bioresources and Agriculture offers. However, there are a very limited number of courses taught in English during the semester. The majority are taught in Chinese. During the summer, the BACT program, as discussed below, is only taught in English. Additionally, students are able to take Chinese language courses during the semester.
 
During Summer II, students also have the option to enroll in the Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan (BACT) program at NTU. All courses and field trips for this program are conducted in English. Students will receive four credit hours from NTU upon completion. During the program, students begin at on the ocean and move up to low, mid and high elevations to see why and how a small island such as Taiwan could be endowed with such high biodiversity. Aside from academics, students will also visit the National Palace Museum to get hands-on experience with bamboo and tea culture as well as Chinese calligraphy and language. Students from TAMU maybe also participate in a one-month internship. However, you must have participated in the BACT program before being considered for an internship.



Housing

University accommodations are guaranteed. Exchange students have the option to live in university housing at the Prince Housing Dormitories (BOT) or the Guo Qing Dorm (also called the International Youth Center, IYC). The Prince House Dormitories have two locations: ChanHsing and ShuiYuan. Since the exchange to NTU is departmental, students placed in the Prince House will stay in the ChangHsing dorm located across the street from campus. Internet and water are included in rent pricing, but students must pay for electricity separately. On the other hand, Guo Qing Dorm is the only on-campus dorm for exchange students and is located on the northeast section of the campus.
 
The Prince Houses have the option of single suite with communal kitchen, single suite with private bath and twin suit with shared bath as different room types. Guo Wing only has twin shared suits with some rooms having a communal bath and the others having a private bath shared by the two roommates. See the International Student Guide for more on housing and other important information.

Taipei Street Markets


Costs 

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses  (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,700
Accommodations $1,400
Meals $1,100
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $300
Personal Spending $3,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $12,800+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage. 


Helpful Links

National Taiwan University Homepage
NTU College of Bioresources and Agriculture
NTU Summer Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan
NTU International Student Guide
NTU Course Search Engine
NTU Courses by Semester
NTU Chinese Courses
NTU Accommodations
NTU Prince House Dorm
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Taipei City Guide
Taiwan Travel Guide
Currency Converter
 

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."

Former Texas A&M Exchange Student


Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program at National Taiwan University, students should contact Cathryn Clement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Patrick Moore