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Biology and Psychology Research in Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Major: Biology, Psychology
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
Work/Internship: No Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: Yes
Capstone: No
Program Description:


This program offers a unique chance for students to participate in scientific research in another country. UNI students will travel to National Chengchi University (NCCU) and stay for 6 weeks. During the 6 weeks, UNI students will be involved in neuroscience and psychology research for half of the day (opportunities in many areas of biology and psychology are available based on student interests) and will take a Chinese language course for the other half of the day.

NCCU offers equipment and research opportunities not available at UNI (e.g., research on dopamine in rats, EKG analyses of sleep patterns, and children with autism), and students work closely with NCCU undergraduate and graduate students and professors who are fluent in English during their stay. In addition, students get to learn a new and very different language in small, fun, interactive classes with other students from around the world.

NCCU is located in the Wenshan District of Taipei City, Taiwan. Though a bustling city of over 2,600,000 people, Taipei City is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south, and by water to the west. As a result, regions surrounding the city display some of nature's most fascinating, scenic views.


Dr. Maureen Clayton, Associate Professor
Department: Biology
Phone: 319-273-7147
Campus Address: MSH 127

Dr. Helen Harton, Professor
Department: Psychology
Phone: 319-273-2235
Campus Address: BAR 2080

PSYCH 4705: Research Experience in Psychology (3 credit hours) OR BIO 3174: Field Biology (3 credit hours) AND UNIV 2013: Study Abroad: Taiwan NCCU (Chinese language; 3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Psychology students will take Psychology 4705: Research Experience in Psychology (3 credit hours).
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1001 (400:001); PSYCH 3002 (400:101); 15 hours in psychology; junior standing; consent of instructor. Graduate Psychology students who wish to participate in the program will take Psychology 6299: Research for 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Consent of department. 

Undergraduate Biology students will take Biology 3174: Field Biology (3 credit hours).
Prerequisites: General Biology: Organismal Diversity (BIOL 2051); General Biology: Cell Structure and Function (BIOL 2052); General Chemistry II (CHEM 1120)

Both Biology and Psychology students will take Chinese language through National Chengchi University (UNIV 2013) for 3 credit hours. This course is pass/fail. Students who wish to receive a letter grade for this course must contact the program's course leaders as well as the Study Abroad Center prior to the program's application deadline. A letter grade will not be given unless a written request is made prior to the application deadline. 

When possible, a faculty member from either the UNI Department of Biology or Department of Psychology will travel with the UNI students and stay for one week to get the students settled into the research labs and their accommodations, make sure everything is running smoothly, and meet with faculty and students at NCCU.

Weeks and weekends will be spent studying and conducting research at the NCCU International Summer School as well as exploring the city and region. Depending on student interest and whether a UNI professor is able to travel with the group for the first week of the program, there will be a pre-arranged and pre-paid group excursion on the first weekend in Taiwan.


Students will stay in the newly-remodeled I-House on the NCCU campus with other international students studying at the NCCU International Summer School. Students will be on their own for meals. Taipei can be very inexpensive or very expensive, and there are lots of inexpensive restaurants and stores around NCCU, as well as cafeterias on campus.  Students may also choose to use the kitchen facility in the I-House.

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Value: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4 5
Housing: 1 2 3 4
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4 5
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2016 08/13/2016
NOTE: Program Start & End dates are tentative. Contact course leader or Study Abroad Center for exact dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.