Experience Taiwan for a Semester or Year!
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is a prestigious comprehensive research institution located in Tainan, Taiwan with academic strengths in science, engineering, medicine, management, planning and design. In addition to offering a high quality education NCKU also had Taiwan’s first carbon zero building.
Tainan, a city on Taiwan’s southwest coast, was the island’s capital from 1683-1887 under the Qing dynasty. Today it’s known for its centuries-old fortresses and temples. Tainanese are fastidious about food, and a number of dishes are exclusive to the region but renowned all over the country.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Mid January (Depending on fall end date it may not be possible to study at NCKU for only the fall semester)
- Spring Semester: Early February to Late June
International exchange students will be most likely assigned to the Ching-Yeh 3 dormitory.
As NCKU is a partial exchange program students will pay the Partial Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian State. NCKU will cover the housing costs for students during the program. Students will be responsible for budgeting for their meals.
For more information about housing please visit NCKU’s accommodation web page.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$800 - $1400
||$1600 - $2800
||$800 - $1400
||$1600 - $2800
|Books and Materials
||$150 - $300
||$300 - $600
||$100 - $200
||$200 - $400
|Optional Airport Pickup
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2US Based Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$800 - $1200
||$1600 - $2400
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring, Academic Year.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East of Southeast Asia.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
While NCKU teaches primarily in Chinese they do offer a number of courses in English each semester. For a list of courses that have been offered in English please visit the Incoming Exchange webpage and click on the link for Courses Taught in English. This will provide you a list of course offerings in English over the past 2-4 years. Students can also use the NCKU course search engine. For an overview of Academic Departments at NCKU and the courses that they normally offer in English please visit the Current Programs webpage. Please note that courses taught in English will change each year in most departments.
The following programs are taught entirely in English:
Masters in Natural Hazards Mitigation and Management
Bachelors and Masters in Energy Engineering
Advanced Materials Program
Creative Industries Design
Masters in International Management
National Cheng Kung offers a free no credit language class for visiting students. Students wishing to take credit bearing language classes will need to pay for them through the NCKU Chinese Language Center. Exchange students receive a 20% discount on the costs of the language courses.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the NCKU program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page