Location: Taipei City, Taiwan, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students.

There are two program options available to UMSL students. Students may directly enroll in regular academic programs with limited course offerings in English, or participate in a Chinese language program at the Mandarin Training Center. Students with a high/native proficiency may take courses in the host language.

Language of Instruction: English and/or Mandarin Chinese

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring, Summer.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: mid-September to end of June
Spring: mid-February to end of June

The Mandarin Training Center (MTC) operates on a quarterly system so there are four terms in one year, and each term, lasting for three months, starts from March(Spring Quarter), June(Summer Quarter), September(Fall Quarter),and December(Winter Quarter). In addition, a two-month summer session is offered from July to August. Students may attend the MTC during the fall semester, winter semester, or academic year. Many students choose to combine a summer quarter with the Fall quarter or combine the Winter and Spring quarters at the MTC. Two quarters would be approximately equal to one semester at UMSL.

The regular university follows a standard semester style program.

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 3.0 GPA. Knowledge of Chinese language is not a prerequisite, but it is highly recommended students have at least one year of Chinese.


Subjects Available:

  • Biology (graduate level only)
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Management (graduate level only)
  • Computer Science
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Mandarin Chinese
  • Literature
  • Music Education (graduate level only)
  • Social Work (graduate level only) 
  • Art History
  • Biology  (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Management (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science  (also available at graduate level) 
  • East Asian Studies
  • Education - Counseling (graduate level only)
  • Education - Early Childhood Education 
  • Education - Educational Administration (graduate level only) 
  • Education - Elementary Education (also available at graduate level) 
  • Education - General Educational Studies
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Secondary Education  (also available at graduate level) 
  • Education - Special Education
  • English (also available at graduate level) 
  • History (also available at graduate level) 
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Literature (also available at graduate level) 
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level) 
  • Music - Education (also available at graduate level) 
  • Music - Performance
  • Physics (also available at graduate level) 
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level) 
  • Social Work (graduate level only)


The University: National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is a dynamic university, offering top quality education and research opportunities to those who study there. The two campuses of NTNU are situated in the downtown Taipei city. 

Academics: There are two program options available to UMSL students: 

Regular Academic Programs at NTNU including undergraduate and graduate courses in all subjects (Please note that some courses with special requirements are upon lecturer's permission). Some courses in English are available through the regular NTNU program and students proficient in Mandarin may enroll in regular university courses at NTNU.

Chinese Language Courses at Mandarin Training Center (MTC). Exchange students are eligible to take group classes up to 15 hours per week. Comprehensive Chinese language and culture courses are offered at all levels at the Mandarin Training Center (MTC). Experienced instructors teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will enroll in a group language class for ten hours per week. This will be supplemented with an additional two to six hours per week of culture courses, including Chinese culture, calligraphy, culinary art, painting, and poetry. Students participating in the MTC program only will not have an NTNU student id.  Language classes are available from beginning to advanced.

Housing: Students studying through NTNU's regular academic program may live in the NTNU dormitories. These are shared dorm rooms with 3-5 other students per room and are approximately NT$3000 including utilities/month. Alternatively, students participating in the MTC program live in nearby apartments that they must locate on their own. Upon arriving in Taipei, the MTC provides a list of recommended apartments. Most apartments are 3 bedrooms and are shared with other international students.

Activities and Programs: 

Location: Taiwan is an island on the Western edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is located off the southeast coast of mainland China. To the north lies Japan and to the south lies the Philippines.  Taiwan is a subtropical climate with four seasons.  Having an active cultural and economic life, Taipei is a lively city with a population of 2,600,000. Taipei is still Chinese at heart, with an underlying current of traditional lifestyles and culture that makes it fascinating to everyone. Taipei, the political and financial center of Taiwan, is the island's most populous city. Taipei originated as a small trading port over two hundred years ago before becoming the administrative capital under the Qing Dynasty. During the last few decades there has been tremendous growth in the city. Now a sprawling metropolis, Taipei is an ideal place to visit for those who love the hustle and bustle of the big city.

International Office Website: http://www.ntnu.edu.tw/oia/stu-ex01.php

Mandarin Training Center: http://www.ntnu.edu.tw/oia/stu-ex04.php

Courses in English: http://courseap.itc.ntnu.edu.tw/acadmOpenCourse/index.jsp 

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $50.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $1800.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1350.00
Airfare $1460.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Other $100.00



Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes insurance required by NTNU