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Providence University (Partner)
Taichung, Taiwan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Providence UniversityProvidence University (PU), located on the intriguing island of Taiwan, is a mid-size Catholic university with a mission to provide both excellent academic knowledge and to foster students’ sense of responsibility to society. With the enrollment of 9,500 students, the university includes the colleges of Liberal Arts, Management, Science, Teacher Education, and General Education.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English, Chinese
Language Requirement: none
University website: www.pu.edu.tw
Length of exchange: semester or academic yearAcademics
Undergraduate courses taught in both English and Chinese are offered in the colleges of Foreign Languages and Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences, Computing & Informatics, and Management. Some graduate courses taught in English are also offered. A list of courses can be found at: http://www.oia.pu.edu.tw/ehtml/b02.php
UM students can also study Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese Language Education Center (CLEC) at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Housing & Meals
Exchange students may stay in triple or quad occupancy on-campus dormitories or in off-campus apartments. Students may cook or purchase food at the cafeteria and local shops.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to PU. Dorm rooms cost about NT$8,900- $10,000 per semester. Food costs average NT$45,000 per semester. Student visas for study in Taiwan for 6 months cost US$100. UM financial aid can apply to tuition, living, and travel expenses while on this program.
Students register for classes upon arrival at PU. Three hours of class work per week are equivalent to 3 UM credits. Students on exchange must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time.
Semester 1: mid September to
Semester 2: mid February to late June
The Republic of China today consists of the island of Taiwan, located 100 miles off Asia’s mainland in the Pacific Ocean. It is slightly larger than the areas of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Taiwan is divided by a mountain range that runs from north to south, rising sharply on the east coast and descending gradually to a broad western plain, where the cities are concentrated.
Taiwanese culture is very similar to that of China’s mainland; it also includes aspects of both Taiwan’s aboriginal cultures and industrial modernity. The Taiwanese take health and longevity very seriously. Many practice taijiquan- slow motion shadow boxing- for exercise and as an art form. In the early morning hours you will often see groups practicing the gliding motions as the sun rises.
Taichung, where PU is located, is Taiwan’s third largest city and is located in the west-central region of the island. The city is a distribution center for the rice, sugarcane, and banana crops grown in the surrounding area. A noted educational and cultural center, it is the home of the Chinese National Central Museum, as well as excellent art and science museums.
Taichung at a Glance
Taiwan straddles the Tropic of Cancer and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons. Typhoon season is June through October.
Taipei: 168 km
Wulai: 190 km
Taroko Gorge:197 km
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