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Last updated April, 2021

Academic information

Language of instruction

NTNU MainGateChinese and English.

Course information

  • Exchange students can participate in the Regular Academic Programs at NTNU, including undergraduate and graduate courses in all subjects.
  • Exchange students are required to enrol in at least one course provided by the Host Department + one course of GCP (Global Culture Programs).
  • The “Global Culture Programs (GCP)” is a series of culture-related courses that are exclusively taught in English (e.g. “Literature and Arts”, “Introduction to Chinese Traditional Culture”, “Readings in Chinese and Western Art”…etc). The GCP courses are to be supplemented by credit-bearing Chinese language courses, which provides student with a set of balanced curricula of both culture and language.
  • Note: courses with special requirements must be approved by NTNU's lecturer.
  • Otago exchange students are eligible to take up to six hours of Mandarin per week free of charge at the Mandarin Training Center - MTC.
  • Courses in English
  • Chinese Language Courses

Semester dates

  • Academic Year: September - June
  • Semester 1: September - January
  • Semester 2: December - June

Course load and minimum unit requirements

  • NTNU CampusLifeMinimum: Exchange students are required to enroll in at least one course provided by the Host Department and one course of GCP (Global Culture Programs).
  • Maximum: 27 credits in one semester (9 to 13 courses)
  • One semester consists of 18 weeks. 1 hour of lecture/tutorial per week or 2-3 hours laboratory/fieldwork per week for a whole semester results in 1 credit.
  • 2 ECTS = 1 credit

Accommodation and the cost of living


  • New international students are given priority for housing.
  • NTNU Campus Inn is one of the newest NTNU dormitories, located at Library Campus with convenient transportation, safe neighborhood, and easy access to daily necessities. It provides front desk service and security control for public area, and well-equipped in-room facilities like bathroom, beds, desks, chairs, closets, air conditioner…etc. Students will receive application information for NTNU Campus Inn after being admitted as exchange students, they can apply for their preferred room type by filling out the on-line application form.

Estimated cost of living and Additional Information

Exchange experiences

The University, city and region

NTNU buildingsThe 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.