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  • Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:

Location Taipei, Taiwan
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/25/2019 - 07/23/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 12
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites nor language requirements for this program, although knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese would be helpful. Students will be selected based on their interest in the program themes and region (East Asia). Recruitment will aim for including students from diverse disciplines.
Program Directors Yen-Chu Weng |
Program Manager Katherine R Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Extended Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions Fri, Jan. 25, 12-1pm - HUB 307
General Travel around Taiwan to explore cases of social and environmental resilience. Interact with local students, experts, and communities to compare resilience and adaptation challenges and strategies between Taiwan and Washington State. Earn credits in Environmental Studies and/or International Studies.
Visas No visa is required for US citizens traveling to Taiwan for this program. If a student wishes to stay in Taiwan beyond the duration of the program, visa/entry permit is required for staying longer than 90 days. Non-US citizen students may be required to have visas and/or entry permit to enter Taiwan. Please check with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office for the most current visa information:

Program Description

As societies around the world are facing daunting challenges of global environmental change in the 21st century, Taiwan stands out as an exemplary country in East Asia that adapts quickly to changing environments. As a densely populated island nation, Taiwan is full of diversity, both in natural landscapes and in culture and history, and continues to demonstrate its resilience and adaptive capacity to a changing world. This program will explore environmental and social resilience in Taiwan on the following themes: (1) green urbanism and circular city, (2) renewable energy, (3) post-disaster adaptation of aboriginal communities, and (4) sustainable agriculture. Through lessons from local experts, site visits, field trips, and project-based learning, students will gain both content knowledge and a deeper understanding of how local communities work together to address these challenges. One highlight of this program is that students will travel around Taiwan with three main home bases: Taipei (northern Taiwan, the capital city), Changhua (central Taiwan), and Kaohsiung (southern Taiwan) to experience Taiwan's diverse culture and natural beauty. Another highlight is that students will collaborate with students from National Taiwan University (NTU), the top-ranked university in Asia, through a "COIL" model: Collaborative Online International Learning. In the spring quarter, students from both campuses will take a course together (remotely) to gain background knowledge on the themes of environmental and social resilience. While in Taiwan, students from both campuses will take classes, go on field trips, and collaborate on projects together. The intended final project deliverables are comparative case studies of resilience and adaptation challenges and strategies between Taiwan and Washington State. This program is interdisciplinary in its essence as students will learn about how science, technology, economy, culture, history, policy, and other factors are intertwined and manifested through the lens of environmental and social resilience.




Taipei, Taiwan


While in Taipei, students will stay in Taipei Teacher's Hostel ( It is centrally located in Taipei City and only 3 subway stations away from the host institution: National Taiwan University. The hostel has standard rooms with affordable prices. While in Changhua and Kaohsiung, students will stay in local hostels (the exact vendors pending). International wire transfers and/or credit cards are accepted in most cases.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites nor language requirements for this program, although knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese would be helpful. This program will be a mix of indoor classes, short site visits, and extended field trips. Field trips will include urban areas, rural coastal environments, agricultural areas, and indigenous communities in mountain regions. Although most of the walking will not be strenuously, students should be prepared to walk for 3-5 miles in various terrains on selected field trip days. ADA facilities are generally available throughout Taiwan. Disability accommodation can be made with prior arrangement. Taiwan has subtropical climate, with temperature above 85 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the days in the summer. Although most indoor facilities are air-conditioned, students who are intolerant of extreme heat and humidity should consult their health care providers before joining the program.


12 UW Quarter Credits


ENVIR 496/JSIS 391 : Study Abroad (Environmental Studies/East Asian Studies) (5 credits) I&S, NW

This Study Abroad course introduces students to the concepts of environmental and social resilience through in-depth examination of four specific topics: (1) green urbanism and circular city, (2) renewable energy, (3) post-disaster adaptation of aboriginal communities, and (4) sustainable agriculture. Through lessons from local experts, site visits, field trips, and project-based learning, students will gain content knowledge and will interact with local communities and students to discuss challenges and opportunities for enhancing environmental and social resilience across scales, from local to regional.

Learning goals include:
Define and explain environmental and social resilience in the context of global environmental change. Deepen content knowledge of the four specific themes identified by the program. Identify challenges and opportunities for enhancing environmental and social resilience based on the four specific themes and case studies. Gain cross-cultural perspectives and reflection through international comparative studies between Taiwan and Washington State.

ENVIR 495: Special Topics: Food and Society (5 credits) I&S, NW

Under the trends of global environmental change, food production, consumption, and agri-food-system have become an area of research focus and contentious debates. From the perspective of "food, agriculture, and society", this course traces the linkages along the farm-to-table pathway (and back to the farm) on topics such as sustainability, social justice, political economy, rural-urban connections, agricultural modernization, and grassroots social movements on food/rural community issues. Specific cases include the branding of Formosa high mountain tea, rural-to-urban food supply chain, agricultural tourism, "return to the farm" movement.

Learning goals include:
Comprehend and explain the complex relationship among society, food, and the agricultural system from interdisciplinary perspectives. Analyze agri-food-system issues via the lens of anthropology, geography, critical social theories. Critically evaluate contemporary issues on food and agricultural system and reflect on one's personal connections to these issues. Through case studies, develop skills in forming research questions, analyzing key factors, and proposing concrete and feasible solutions.

ENVIR 495/JSIS 484: Special Topics in East Asian Studies: Special Topics: Taiwan's Natural Landscapes and Environmental Issues (2 credits) I&S, NW

Taiwan is a dynamic island rich in diverse natural landscapes and resources. This course first introduces students to the physical geography of Taiwan, including climate, landforms, ecology, and natural resources. Based on this foundation, this course then explores contemporary environmental issues in Taiwan, including topics on environmental legislation and policy, environmental movements, social activism, community-based conservation, and environmental education. Students will explore these topics through readings, discussions, and guided research projects. This course will be taught in the spring quarter as a preparation for the study abroad term in Summer A.

Learning goals include:
Describe and explain the physical geography of Taiwan, including geology, ecology, and natural resources. Identify and explain key contemporary environmental issues in Taiwan. Analyze the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of key contemporary environmental issues in Taiwan and articulate their significance and legacies. Work collaboratively in a team project to conduct background research for one of the themes identified by this Study Abroad program.





Yen-Chu Weng
Lecturer, Program on the Environment

Dr. Yen-Chu Weng is a lecturer in the Program on the Environment. Her research focuses on environmental education, urban sustainability, and environmental volunteering whereas her teaching responsibilities include core courses in the Environmental Studies curriculum. She has been an active member of the UW’s Center for Teaching and Learning and was a Technology Teaching Fellow (2016) and a nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award (2018).



Po-Yi Hung
Adjunct/Affiliate faculty at JSIS Taiwan Studies Program

Dr. Po-Yi Hung is an Associate Professor in Geography at National Taiwan University. With academic background in human geography and cultural anthropology, his research focuses on nature-society relations through the lens of agricultural practices and food trade in Taiwan, China, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Hung has earned numerous research grants and is a recent recipient of Outstanding Young Scholar Research Grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200-$1,400 (Note: departing from Vancouver, BC, could be $200-$300 cheaper for a round-trip ticket)
  • Food (about $30-$40)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.