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National Taiwan Normal University

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated November, 2017

Academic Information

Courses in English

Chinese Language Courses

  • Semester Dates

    Fall semester:  mid-September to mid-January.

    Spring semester begins in mid-February and runs through mid-June.
  • Academic Calendar NTNU    
  • Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements


    Exchange students can participate in the following programs:
  • Regular Academic Programs at NTNU
    including undergraduate and graduate courses in all subjects (Please note that some courses with special requirements are upon lecturer’s permission)
  • Chinese Language Courses:
    Exchange students from Otago receive 15 hours of free Mandarin classes per week offered by the Department of Chinese.

Accommodation and the Cost of Living

New international students are given priority for housing.
●There are a total of eleven NTNU student dormitories, one located on the main campus, six on the Gongguan campus, and four on the Linkou campus.
●Each room is shared by 3-6 students.

Costs vary depending on the dormitory. For one academic year, (September to the end of June) students should expect to pay between NT$ 10,000 and NT$ 24,000. The cost of utilities is not included in this fee. To stay in the residence halls over the summer vacation students must apply and pay separately.

According to the Agreement between Otago and NTNU, two Otago students will receive free accommodation for 24 weeks each.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The National Taiwan Normal University is widely recognized as one of Taiwan's elite higher education institutions.  NTNU occupies three campuses in downtown Taipei: the historic Daan campus (home of the Administration Building, Main Library, Music & Lecture Hall, Language Building, Athletic Center); the Gongguan campus (home of the College of Science); and the Linkou campus. 

Established in 1956, the Mandarin Training Center not only boasts a long history, but is also the largest and most well-known Mandarin language center in Taiwan.  The Mandarin Training Center represents one of the world's oldest and most distinguished programs for language study, attracting more than a thousand students from over sixty countries to Taiwan each year and making the Shida area of Taipei one of the city's most cosmopolitan.

NTNU booklet for International Students in English

Taipei, literally means "North of Taiwan"), officially known as Taipei City, is the capital city and a special municipality of Taiwan at the northern tip of Taiwan.  It is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan. Taipei is home to various world-famous architectural or cultural landmarks which include Taipei 101 (Taipei 101 is a 101-floor landmark skyscraper that claimed the title of world's tallest building when it opened in 2004, a title it held for six years before relinquishing it to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Hsing Tian Kong, Mengjia Longshan Temple, National Palace Museum, Presidential Office Building and Night markets.

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