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National Taiwan Normal University

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Last updated May, 2018

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.
  • Note: some courses with special requirements are upon lecturer’s permission.
  • Exchange students from Otago receive 15 hours of free Mandarin classes per week offered by the Department of Chinese
  • 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: 4-8 credits in one semester (2 to 3 courses)
  • Maximum: 27 credits in one semester (9 to 13 courses)
  • Average load: 16 to 20 credits in one semester (8 to 10 courses)
  • Exchange students are required to enroll in at least ONE COURSE offered by the HOST DEPARTMENT and one course of International culture programs.

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.
  • Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

  • Rent on campus: USD 90~150 / month
  • Living costs in Taipei: USD 220~315/ month
  • According to the Agreement between Otago and NTNU, two Otago students will receive free accommodation for 24 weeks each.
  • More info on Cost of Living

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.