The program in Taiwan is not only an academic, but also a personal challenge for participants. The culture of Taiwan is very different from that of the United States - especially with regard to standards of behavior and interpersonal relations. Students should be prepared to make a significant commitment to the demanding nature of the study program and to adapting to the requirements of living and studying as a part of the ambient cultural and social environment.
The year begins with an orientation session, conducted by the resident staff. Orientation comprises a language placement exam, visits in and around Taipei, and an in-depth introduction to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as practical information about living in Taiwan. Throughout the year, several field trips are planned to such places as the National Palace Museum and other places, such as other museums and businesses.
University housing in Taiwan is clean, comfortable and very affordable. When you submit the NTU online application for exchange students, you will be asked whether you need accommodations or not. Checking "yes," on the NTU online application indicates that you want on-campus accommodation. This is guaranteed housing for visiting exchange students and you will automatically be assigned to a certain university dorm without further notice. There are two dormitories; these include the International Youth Center (IYC) and the Prince House Dormitory (a.k.a. BOT). Due to the limited number of rooms, there is no guarantee that you will get your first choice, but you will be assigned to a room in one of the dormitories.
There is not a great difference in the two options, but we have provided a brief description of each below. (The IYC dormitories are older, but have been renovated recently and are very comfortable. The Prince House dormitories are privately owned but are located just across the street from NTU. They were built in 2008.)
IYC: All IYC rooms are shared by at least two persons. It is not possible to apply for a single room or to request a roommate. Rooms are equipped with: single bed frames (futon mattress excluded), desks, desk lamps, bookshelves, closets, central air-conditioning, internet connection and telephone outlets. Students may purchase affordable futon mattresses and are advised to purchase sheets and towels after they arrive.
Each floor has communal bathrooms and a shared study space. Meals are not provided but the building has a convenience store, a food stand and a dining area. Meals can be purchased for reasonable prices very close to campus. The IYC dormitory has ping-pong tables and workout facilities, laundry facilities (coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers), a living lounge, entertainment room and a movie theater.
Prince House: Both private and shared rooms are available at the Prince House, and all rooms have private bathrooms. (Note: A limited number of apartments for married couples may be available in the Prince House.) The Prince House dormitories are comprised of several buildings. All buildings have a lobby, a meeting and dining area, laundry facilities, leisure facilities (ping-pong and billiard tables and workout facilities).
Rooms are equipped with: private shower and WC, bed frame(s) (futon mattress excluded), desks, bookshelves, closet, refrigerator, central air-conditioning, cable TV output, and Internet and telephone connections. Students may purchase affordable futon mattresses and are advised to purchase sheets and towels after they arrive.