National Taiwan University

Overview

Established in 1928, National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學) (NTU) is the flagship university of Taiwan with an international reputation as one of the highest ranked universities in Asia.  It was ranked 1st among universities in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan according to the SJTU 2013 Rankings and is within the global top 100 according to the 2012 QS World University Ranking. As a comprehensive research university, NTU has 11 colleges, 54 departments, 109 graduate schools, 66 research centers, with a total enrollment of 33,000 students and faculty of 3,500. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.

For information from the student perspective, see NTU Exchange Students Reports and Blogs

 

Fact sheet
Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
  • a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Taiwan.
Partner Information

Office of International Affairs

4th floor, 2nd Admin Bldg,

No 1, Sec 4, Roosevelt Rd,

Taipei 10617, Taiwan

intstudent@ntu.edu.tw

+886 (0)2-3366-2007 #224

Location Description

Located on the northside of the island, Taipei has a semitropical climate. As the capital of Taiwan, it is the political, economic, educational, and cultural heart of the island. The city population exceeds 2.5 milliion, while the metro area is over 7 million. With 300 years of history, Taipei is an intersection of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, which is reflected in its food, culture, and society. Famous for its night markets and food street scene, visitors will not be disappointed with the variety, quality, and price of food.  

Housing Description

NTU offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Although Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, NTU will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See NTU’s website for information on housing. 

Academic Description

At NTU, a majority of the courses are taught in Chinese, with a select number in English. For a full list of courses taught in English, please see NTU's Office of International Affairs (OIA).  
Credits taken at NTU are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at NTU will transfer as 3 Pitt credits. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. All credits taken at NTU require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager.  
Courses taken at NTU will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from NTU. 
As a part of the cultural experience, NTU offers Chinese language courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability. 

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:
History
Philosophy
Chinese
Mathematics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Grading

Like Pitt, NTU’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning letter grades, such as A, B, C, D and F. For more information about the grading scale at NTU, see their explanation. For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt. Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
NTU will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure to follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of the grades is received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.” 
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
 

Program Fees
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.  
 
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 
 
 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition* $9,314 $16,328
Mandatory Fees $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt* $10,259 $17,273
 
*The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. For Pitt students of another Pitt school or campus, the tuition rate will reflect the home school or campus. See posted rates on the Institutional Research page.
 
How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000
 
The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by NTU and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages.The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters. 
 
Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the NTU's website for more information, and visit our budgeting page for more information. 

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at NTU for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). NTU's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, NTU’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Because NTU’s academic calendar varies significantly from Pitt’s, exchanging for only the fall semester is not possible. However, if a single semester at NTU is desired, then the Spring (or second) semester is the only option. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Jessica Sun

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.  

 

Application Instructions

Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to NTU. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review NTU's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at NTU. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to NTU's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  
 
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Application Form 
  • Copy of Valid Passport 
  • Official Pitt Transcript 
  • Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment 
  • Statement of Intent or Purpose 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Official Language Evaluation 
  • Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations 
  • Up to 2 passport photos 

 

Additional Information

Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. In order to take courses in Chinese at NTU, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of B1 level proficiency. Please check with NTU regarding these requirements.  

 

Insurance Requirements

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates.  

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

 

For those without Taiwanese nationality, students must obtain a student visa to study in Taiwan. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review NTU's website.  Also, check the Taiwan Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. NTU will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website. In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)