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Indiana University: Chinese (Abroad)

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Country: Taiwan

Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

School: Indiana University

Dates of Program: June 24, 2024 - August 16, 2024

Program Type: Summer Study Abroad

Program Level: Year 2 , Year 3 , Year 4 ,

Classroom/Study Hours:

Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Credits offered 9 9 9
Number of Classroom Hours per week 21 21 21
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week 15 15 15
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week 4 4 4
Number of Hours of Other Activities per week 4 4 4


 Custom textbooks and materials provided on site by Wenzao University of Languages.

Program Details

The Indiana University Summer in Taiwan program provides challenging and effective language and culture training for intermediate and advanced students of Chinese (2nd year through 4th year) by combining the resources of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan’s only dedicated language university, and the Indiana University Chinese Language Flagship program. Students must pass a placement exam before admission. 

The program incorporates immersive and accelerated classroom instruction with one-on-one training, small group cultural activities, short homestay opportunities, and extended cultural excursions.   

Since the program does not accept beginners, students speak only Chinese for the duration of the program. Teams of “Activity Partners” provide level-appropriate Chinese language support during program activities helping students at all levels participate actively without English. 

Students also participate in a special online Chinese Culture and Regional Studies course. This one credit hour course introduces core concepts in Chinese-speaking culture as well as providing baseline regional knowledge to facilitate intercultural, communicative competency.  

Indiana Study Abroad Class 2023

All Project GO programs provide funding for:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa (if applicable)

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note: Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.

Additional Details:

This eight-week, 160-hour program provides intensive, immersive training for students of 2nd- through 4th-year Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Classes are designed with the best practices of the National Language Flagship Initiative, the Indiana University Chinese Flagship Program, and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and meet the requirements of Project GO. The program provides up to 9 hours of transferrable credit.  

Conducted at the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan’s only university dedicated to teaching and learning languages, in southern Taiwan, the Indiana University Project GO in Taiwan program offers an intensive immersion experience. Classes and activities are practical and oriented to helping students develop speaking proficiency and to acquire cultural knowledge and habits that will allow them to interact appropriately and confidently in Chinese-speaking communities.  

With a population of 2.8 million, Kaohsiung, the political and economic center of southern Taiwan, is the second-largest city on the island. Situated at the far south of Taiwan, Kaohsiung is the furthest major city from the island’s cosmopolitan center. Students appreciate Kaohsiung because of its distance from the capital, which, as a result, limits their exposure to English in the city, unlike in Taipei, where shop owners and other locals may default to English for foreigners. The city is known for its laid-back culture, its public art (one of its metro stations, for example, is a popular tourist attraction because of its design and art installations), and its quirky sense of humor. 

Participants live in university housing alongside local activity guides, work daily with skills trainers for individualized practice, team up with local Activity Guides outside the classroom for extramural language and culture activities, and join instructors and Activity Guides on Chinese-language excursions and events. Students commit to speaking only Chinese during their time in Taiwan.  

Students receive daily one-on-one individualized training and have access to daily office hours. After class, students participate in hands-on cultural and language-oriented activities with Activity Guides, for example visiting a museum/park/temple to gather information to report back to class; completing a task, playing a game at a game shop, ordering food at a night market; conducting research projects; or documenting their life in Kaohsiung in videos in Chinese.  

Indiana University Project GO Taiwan students experience the whole of Taiwan through planned weekend excursions to Kinmen Island, Hualien, and Tainan. Students spend two weekends with individual host families and enjoy a rich cultural program, featuring daily activities in Chinese including calligraphy lessons, martial arts, Chinese medicine, Taiwan dialect training, pop song & karaoke clubs, sports, musical performances, and more. Students also have free weekends to explore Taiwan on their own time. With access to a high-speed rail station in Kaohsiung, students are only 1.5 hours away from experiencing Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.  

Students participate in a two-day predeparture orientation in San Francisco before departing for Taiwan. Classes at Wenzao begin on June 24th.   

IU Project GO Taiwan



Application Deadline: January 18, 2024

Separate application?: No, a separate application is not needed.

How to Apply:

 Apply to study Chinese in Kaohsiung with Indiana University using the Project GO Common Application.

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Name: Nate Lanaghan

Email Address: [email protected]

Phone: 812-856-1751

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