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Chinese Education Abroad

The Chinese program offers students opportunities to study Chinese in Greater China in the regular school year and during winter and summer.

In the last few years, the Chinese program offered study-abroad semesters at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Language and Culture University. It also collaborated with CET in offering students opportunities to study in Shanghai, Chengdu, and Kunming during the school year. At the same time, the Chinese Program frequently offers a summer program in Mainland China and a winter program in Taiwan. The following is a sample of a winter program in Taiwan in 2019.

Taiwan: Exploring a Different China (Taipei, Taiwan)

Program Terms: Winterterm
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Program Costs Winterterm

It is open to both UMD students and non-UMD students, who can earn UMD resident credit. It does not have a language prerequisite. The language of instruction is English, but students will learn to speak elementary Chinese with the locals.

Requirements include a minimum GPA of 2.75, an interview for non-UMD students, and visa process required for US citizens.

This three week program is a partnership with the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, the Language House Immersion Program, and Tamkang University in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. You will take intensive language classes, culture classes, engage in cultural discussions, and take excursions to historical monuments.

Language classes and excursions for the course will be held at Tamkang University. You will first take a placement test and be assigned to appropriate classes. Through both your course and contact with the regional Taiwanese populace, you will be immersed in Taiwanese life. In this course you will be expected to attend daily language classes, culture classes, and cultural discussions, and submit two blog entries a week discussing your thoughts and observations on Taiwanese language and culture.

This program is based in Taipei, Taiwan. US citizens must have a valid passport to enter Taiwan, and can be in the country for up to 30 days without a visa. Please see the State Department website for more information. If you are a non-US citizen, please consult the Taiwanese Embassy website to find out if you require a visa for entry.

You will live either in a Residence Hall on campus or in an apartment complex nearby. 

You must be in good academic and judicial standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet at the top of this page for specific eligibility requirements.

Please refer to the program cost sheet for a specific breakdown of expenses.


  • Work with local students and attend culture courses
  • Visit important historical monuments and sites

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • CHIN 269: Exploring a Different China
  • HONR 258M: Exploring a Different China

Before the course, you must complete preliminary readings.

Education Abroad Scholarships

Learn about SLLC-wide scholarships available for education abroad.



Minglang Zhou

Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Professor and Program Director, Chinese
Program Director, Center for East Asian Studies

(301) 405-2855