Study Short Courses in Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei at a glance

The diversity of accredited programmes offered by universities and the focus on innovative research, makes Taipei an appealing destination for international students. You can choose from over twenty universities and study your favourite discipline at any degree level: Bachelor, Master or PhD, and you can find several English-taught courses. Taipei City is the capital and the biggest municipality of Taiwan, located on the Taipei Basin, a lake bounded by the Keelung and Xindian rivers. Taipei is the political, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Taiwan, and an important spot of the Chinese-speaking world. 

Studying

Studying in Taipei

As Chinese is Taiwan’s official language, most Bachelor programmes are taught in this language. International students considering to apply, should provide Chinese proficiency certificate at CEFR B2 level or above, mainly the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL), HSK or UEC are the accepted certificates. However, you can enrol in many English-taught programmes, although these are mainly for the Master’s degree and PhD courses. TOEFL and IELTS tests are mainly accepted for the English language entry requirements.

In Taipei universities, students can register for dual or joint degrees and MBA’s as well.

Choose from the following degrees: arts, medicine, social sciences, engineering, agriculture, public health, computer science, law, business, philosophy, Chinese literature, economics, Asian studies, languages and many more.

Distance degree courses are mostly for students interested in specialising in computer engineering.

Career

Career opportunities in Taipei

Taipei has a global and expanding economy, having as prosperous industries: textile manufacturing, manufacture of electronic products and components, electrical machinery and equipment, printed materials, foods and beverages, shipbuilding and tourism.

Major companies in Taipei are: Shihlin Electric, CipherLab, Insyde Software and national brands such as ASUS, Chunghwa Telecom, Mandarin Airlines, Tatung, Uni Air, D-Link, which have local headquarter.

As Taipei is home to several multinationals, international students can partake several internship opportunities; most of them prefer leisure and hospitality or technology fields.

Life

Taipei city life

Taipei is a fascinating city, with a rich cultural heritage; any visitor who comes here simply falls in love and has a memorable experience. There are so many attractions in Taipei that even if you live several months here, you might not cover all of them.

Some of the numerous places you can visit in Taipei are:

  • Taipei 101
  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
  • National Palace Museum
  • Presidential Office Building
  • Taipei Guest House
  • The Longshan Temple
  • Nangang district hiking trail (Elephant Mountain)
  • Taipei Zoo
  • National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine
  • The Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Other important temples in the city are Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Hsing Tian Kong, Mengjia Longshan Temple. Walk along numerous parks, green spaces, and nature reserves, like: Yangmingshan National Park and Da-an Forest Park. Have a lovely view over the city with the Maokong Gondola and at night you will find several night markets throughout the whole city where you can buy or simply admire thousands of products, from food to clothing and various accessories.

You should not miss Ximending, a famous area for shopping and entertainment, or Xinyi District, also popular among tourists for its many shopping stores.

Savour specific Asian cuisine in local restaurants, but also international and you can relax in some nice bars.

Attend one of the many festivals, like: the Double Ten Day fireworks and concerts, The Taipei Lantern Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and more.

International atmosphere in Taipei

Except for the unique, Asian tradition and culture, you will hardly feel a stranger in Taipei. The city has a multicultural environment supported by the numerous tourists that come from many parts of the world all year round. Taipei also draws a significant number of international students and many people worldwide that come for a job opportunity.

Foreign born population living in Taipei include people mainly from Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Weather Taipei

In Taipei, summers last long, they are hot and humid, with occasional heavy rainstorms. Winters are generally short and with a pleasant and warm temperature. The average high temperatures in summer are around 33 – 34 °C (92 – 93 °F) and in the winter they record 19 – 20 °C (66 – 68° F).

Universities in Taipei

National Chengchi University (NCCU) was founded in 1927. Over the past 8 decades through re-formation and development, we have been upholding our motto, “Harmony, Independence, Balance and Preeminence”, and have continued to refine our teaching methods and research in order to nurture talent for our country and society.

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NTU's institutional predecessor was Taihoku Imperial University, founded in 1928 by the Japanese colonial administration. The first president was Shidehara Tan Tairaka Hiroshi. In 1945, the Republic of China won the war of resistance against Japan, and Taiwan was handed over to the Nationalist government of China. 

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