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Taiwan

Mandarin Language Intensive

A 4-Week Summer Abroad Program

Duration
28 Days
Description

Improve your Mandarin language skills through small group classes, carefully selected homestays, and community engagement while experiencing the rich cultural traditions that thrive in Taiwan.

summer
Jun 28 - Jul 25, 2024
Group Size (4:1 Ratio)

12 Students
3 Instructors

Tuition

$8,950

Plus airfare & insurance

  • Accepting Waitlist
Suggested Ages

15-18

Tuition Details

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Taipei

taroko national park

Yilan

Taitung

Program Overview

TAIWAN IS A SMALL ISLAND WITH ENORMOUS DIVERSITY, A RICH AND COMPLEX HISTORY, AND A BIG IMPACT ON REGIONAL AND GLOBAL POLITICS.


Taiwan has preserved many cultural riches long lost beyond its borders. Settled over millennia by travelers from southwest China, Taiwan was known as the “Beautiful Island” for centuries for its endless seashores and stunning mountains. Amidst a thriving economy, civically engaged democratic system, and cherished Chinese cultural heritage, Taiwan’s people are creating a future that weaves together the many threads of their collective past.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn and improve Mandarin skills through classes, interactions with homestay families, and meetings with local mentors
  • Experience life in two very different communities, one urban & one rural
  • Explore Taiwan’s ethnic and ecological diversity as well as its living political history

Our 4-week Mandarin intensive program divides its time between a rice farming community in Yilan county,…

Taiwan has preserved many cultural riches long lost beyond its borders. Settled over millennia by travelers from southwest China, Taiwan was known as the “Beautiful Island” for centuries for its endless seashores and stunning mountains. Amidst a thriving economy, civically engaged democratic system, and cherished Chinese cultural heritage, Taiwan’s people are creating a future that weaves together the many threads of their collective past.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn and improve Mandarin skills through classes, interactions with homestay families, and meetings with local mentors
  • Experience life in two very different communities, one urban & one rural
  • Explore Taiwan’s ethnic and ecological diversity as well as its living political history

Our 4-week Mandarin intensive program divides its time between a rice farming community in Yilan county, and Kanding, an indigenous Bunun village in Taitung county. Yilan, nestled in northeastern Taiwan, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and commitment to sustainable rice farming. The Lanyang Plains, historically known as a major agricultural hub since the Qing Dynasty, has long been celebrated for its fertile soil and abundant water resources. Yilan’s innovative farmers harmonize modern practices with traditional techniques, prioritizing organic methods and biodiversity. Their efforts ensure soil health and water conservation, producing high-quality rice while maintaining ecological balance and community well-being. Students will stay with host families in the community to learn more about sustainable agriculture in Taiwan.

After Yilan, we will continue down the east coast of Taiwan and start our second homestay in Kanding village in Taitung county. Home to the Bunun indigenous people who are known for their deep connection to the land, Kanding’s lush landscapes and vibrant community offer a glimpse into the Bunun’s rich cultural tapestry, marked by their music, craftsmanship, and sustainable living practices. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the history of indigenous people in Taiwan, have conversations with them on traditional culture and lifestyle practices and preservation, as well as get a different perspective on Mandarin learning.

Students will also explore other culturally significant places in Taiwan, including its bustling capital – Taipei. This city of 2.6 million is the political, cultural, and economic center of Taiwan. Known for its night markets, Japanese colonial architecture, and a thriving scene of young activists and artists. Students will get a sense of the rich history that Taiwan has to offer by spending just a few days here.

In addition to formal language study, all of our activities are rich with opportunities to navigate new interactions using your Mandarin language skills. We build not only language competence but also deeper confidence in navigating the colorful tapestry of Taiwan.

Hear more from our Asia Program Director in this recent webinar.

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Program Components

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Language and culture, colonial and modern history of Taiwan, political studies, indigenous cultures, and environmental issues.

5/5
Homestay

Unique homestay experiences in communities with diverse cultural backgrounds.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Dive deeper in projects such as calligraphy and indigenous cooking with local mentors.

5/5
Language Study

Mandarin immersion through small group lessons, homestays, ISP mentors as well as daily interaction with locals.

3/5
Learning Service

Service project with Yilan-based NGOs.

2/5
Religious & Spiritual Traditions

Introduction to Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam, and other local religions in Taiwan.

2/5
Rugged Travel

Slightly rugged, train and bus travel; village-stay; bike touring.

2/5
Social & Environmental Justice

Minority issues and status, socio-economic issues, health, land use and environment, tourism, cultural survival.

0/5
Trekking

2-3 day trek in national parks.