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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:
Study in Taiwan

National Chengchi University (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.

During this 6-week program, students will have the opportunity to learn the Chinese language and regional culture while participating in research with NCCU faculty and students.
Program Location

NCCU is located in the Wenshan District of Taipei City, Taiwan. Taipei City is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south, and by the Danshui River to the west. As a result, it is endowed with unique natural scenery, with lush forests and winding rivers, and a variety of fascinating terrains, including volcanic mountains, foothills, terrace tablelands, coastal plains and river wetlands.Coastline

National Chengchi University’s (NCCU) vision is to build a first-rate international humanities and social sciences academic temple, and nurture “Humane, Global, Innovative” successors for the new century, making it very similar to UNI academically.  Beyond this, NCCU is known for its Research Center for Mind, Brain and Learning. UNI Biology and Psychology students will have the opportunity to participate in research at this center with NCCU faculty and students, as well as take courses in Chinese language and/or culture at NCCU’s renowned International Summer School.
Course Leader

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
Academic Program

UNI students will travel to NCCU and stay for 6 weeks. Faculty members from the UNI Departments of Biology and Psychology will travel with the UNI students and stay for one week to get the students settled into the research labs and their accomodations, make sure everything is running smoothly, and meet with faculty and students at NCCU. 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.

This program offers a unique chance for students to participate in scientific research in another country. 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.

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 should contact the program's course leaders as well as the Study Abroad Center. 
Students will participate in a pre-arranged and pre-paid group excursion on the first weekend. Following weeks and weekends will be spent studying and conducting research at the NCCU International Summer School as well as exploring the city and region.
Taiwan Street View

Accommodations and Meals

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 Costs

The total estimated cost for this program is $8,000 - $8,500.

  • Round-trip airfare
  • UNI Tuition and Fees for program course credits (3 research credits; 3 Chinese language credits)
  • Housing while abroad
  • Group excursion on first weekend
  • Personal expenses
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), the $65 application fee, and the study abroad administration fee to participate. See the "program cost" page for cost details.
Tales From Abroad

"I do not have a lot of experience in the labs here at UNI but from what I have experienced it was fairly similar. I feel like science is universal and I noticed that the techniques they used were the same as what I was taught in my biology and chemistry courses. I found this interesting and encouraging to learn that the skills I have developed within my four years at UNI will be transferable and useful anywhere in the world. Learning this has opened up many opportunities for me and has increased my confidence in my skills. The students and professors were extremely impressive with their skills in the English language; they were all very hospitable and helpful as well as patient with us." - Amber, Summer 2011

“National Chengchi University is a great place to advance yourself as a researcher and well-rounded student. Not to mention that Taiwan is a welcoming and hospitable country that is host to many breathtaking opportunities.” - Carl, Summer 2012

"It was pretty awesome. My lab buddies showed me a different world, their world, and they opened my eyes to new experiences. I tried crazy foods and loved them all thanks to my Taiwan friends. I wish I could go back." - Jessica, Summer 2014
Program Reviews

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4
Program Value: 1 2
Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4 5
Housing: 1 2 3 4
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.