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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Tainan, Taiwan: Business Chinese and Chinese Culture

  • Summary

    Advance your Mandarin language skills and explore Chinese culture in Tainan, Taiwan this summer.

    This program is open to all levels of Mandarin speakers, including beginners, and is designed to give students the cultural, social, and business skills to communicate with the public and professional community in Taiwan.

    Study at National Cheng Kung University, one of the top universities in Asia, and hear from local experts on the broad history, politics, and economy of Taiwan. You will explore the full range of Chinese culture, including Chinese medicine, Taiwanese cuisine, tea ceremonies, calligraphy, and the arts.

    “Having a language exchange partner was the best part of the program. It was support for our language skills and homework, and an excellent way to discover the area and to get advice on holidays like traveling to the hot springs and going to Taipei for New Years. Showing us the best places to get food and the ordering system were definitely the most useful things they showed us, and allowed us to feel more confident later. They also answered any cultural questions we had, which naturally expanded our cultural knowledge.”

    – Hannah Alice Lanford


    Dates: July 7 – August 17, 2019
    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
    • Students of all Mandarin levels are welcome to apply. Upon admission to the program, students will be given a language placement test and will be into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for their courses.

    Application opens February 4, 2019

    Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    Deadline to apply is March 15, 2019


  • Courses

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

    Course: Chinese 105
    Title: Business Chinese
    Instructor: I-Hao Li
    Units: 6 units
    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 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:

    2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee* $2,232 $2,232
    Total Cost $4,746 $5,532

    *Program fee includes accommodations. Students who choose to live with friends or local relatives will pay a reduced program fee of $1,860.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.


    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.

    2019 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,410
    Additional Meals $420
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $452
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $2,492


    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 $419 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 National Cheng Kung University campus (or with local relatives)
    • Excursions such as visits to international companies, night markets, a visit to Taipei, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Tainan, language evaluation, and placement, etc.
    • Host Family for weekends (on request)
    • Culture course on interest-based topics ranging from Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Chinese Medicine, Stamp Engraving and more.
    • 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.
    • Library card
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    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.)
    • Meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 4, 2019
    Application closes March 15, 2019
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2019
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 5, 2019
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Taipei July 7, 2019
    Last day of program August 17, 2019

    * 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.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing in Tainan on July 7, 2019 and will be expected to check out of program housing in Tainan on August 17, 2019. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    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 the University of Califonia, 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 an advanced curriculum that includes 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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