Life in Taiwan

Where You'll be Studying

The University of Shih Chien (USC), is conveniently located on a metro line in the Zhongshan District of Taipei. This quiet area nestled beneath a green hillside is just a short ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Taipei. The friendly atmosphere and artistic environment create an ideal learning community. The university is also home to many international students, providing visiting students with an entry point to a globalized community.

photo of an academic building in Taiwan

The Taipei campus houses three of the university's five colleges: Human Ecology, Design and Management. USC is especially well known for its College of Design, which you will see reflected in the modern architecture and many art installations on campus.

The University has a range of high quality academic facilities including libraries, lecture halls, science laboratories, studios, computer centers, and conference rooms. Sporting and athletic facilities include swimming pools, and unique open air gym. The University also has restaurants, caf├ęs, convenience stores, and bookstores, providing amenities to all University members.


You will live with roommates in a Hostel located near the college campus. The hostel amenities include: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, Secure Lockers and Free Breakfast. Bathrooms, Laundry, Lounge and Kitchen facilities are shared with other residents. The hostel offers weekly social activities and dining excursions, which will give you the opportunity to meet and socialize with travelers from all over the world.

You will be responsible for all lunches and dinners. Food is very inexpensive in Taiwan and most residents find it cheaper to purchase take-out snacks and meals than to prepare meals at home. For your convenience, numerous restaurants and coffee shops, a supermarket, clinic, medical institution, postal office and even dry cleaning are reachable on foot.


Cultural Activities and Excursions

There will be several pre-arranged fully inclusive tours during your stay, which may include the following:

  • Overnight stay at Fo Guang Shan Bhuddist cultural center
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Taipei Confucius Temple
  • Rinzai Buddhism Temple
  • Baoan Temple and Garden
  • Wen Chang Shrine
  • Chen Yueji Residence
  • Chung Tai Chan Monastery
  • Lukang Tianhou Temple
  • Lukang Longshan Temple
  • Nankunshen Daitian Temple

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Additional Activities

Other field trips organized by USC are optional and may require an additional fee. You will also have 1 week at the beginning of the program in which you are free to travel and explore on your own. Some ideas to get you started include: Taroko National Park, Sun Moon Lake, and endless hiking trails, bicycle tours, hot springs and beautiful beaches


Contact Us

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Megan Swanson

Program Coordinator

Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 4892

Detailed brochures and applications are available for each program. Information meetings are arranged as needed. Group orientation sessions are scheduled prior to departure.


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