Berkeley Summer Abroad

Taipei, Taiwan: Business Chinese

  • Summary

    Advance your Mandarin language skills while taking your business career to the next level in Taipei, Taiwan's capital and largest city.

    • Enhance your language skills and interact with locals in Taipei
    Tour the National Palace Museum, which houses thousands of ancient artifacts from as many as 8,000 years ago
    • Observe the flourishing business market in Taipei through tours of government offices, industrial parks, and international companies

    On this program, you will hear from local experts on the broad history, politics, and economy of Taiwan. You will also attend lectures to better grasp the innovative range of Chinese culture, including calligraphy and the arts. After taking this course, you will be armed with the language and professional skills to succeed in business.

    Dates: July 1 – August 11, 2018
    All dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: Chinese


    • CHINESE 105: Business Chinese



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • As an upper division Chinese course, lectures will be given in Mandarin. Students should be conversant in basic oral and listening Chinese. Students who do not fully meet these requirements may be permitted to participate in the program with director’s consent.
    • Must be conversant in basic oral and listening Chinese by start of program



    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 9, 2018


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.

    Course: Chinese 105
    Title: Business Chinese
    Dates: July 1 – August 11, 2018
    Instructor: I-Hao Li
    Units: 6 units
    Syllabus: PDF
    Prerequisites: Applicants must be conversant in basic oral and listening Chinese by start of program

    CHINESE 105 is designed as an intensive six-week immersion course in Business Chinese. The goal of the course is to teach students the communication skills in daily life and business interactions. The aim of this course is to enable students to acquire cultural, social and business skills necessary to communicate on a daily basis with the public and professional community in Taiwan.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,526 $3,300
    Program Fee* $2,638 $2,638
    Total Cost $5,164 $5,938

    *Program fee includes accommodations. Students who choose to live with friends or local relatives will pay a reduced program fee of $2,208.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $56.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,200
    Additional Meals $473
    Books $222
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $608
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,503


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $421 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in dormitories on the Fu Jen Catholic University campus or with local relatives
    • Excursions such as visits to tea factories, international companies, night markets, government offices, the National Palace Museum, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Taipei, language evaluation, and placement, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 9, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2018
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April, 6 2018
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Taipei July 1, 2018
    Last day of program August 11, 2018

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.


  • Instructors

    I-Hao Li
    Program Director

    I-Hao Li has served as Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley since 1985. She was also a senior lecturer and educational director of Stanford Center's Inter-University Program in Taiwan. She has taught all levels of Chinese and has trained many university-level teachers in Taiwan and mainland China. She has also developed intermediate Chinese teaching materials along with advanced curriculum that include conversation and reading. Li has received several grants to develop web exercises to enhance classroom technology. She has led the Business Chinese summer program since 2001.


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