World-Class Education & Vibrant Adventure!

About CSAT

Who we are

Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan (CSAT) is managed by Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE, Fulbright Taiwan), one of the 160 Fulbright commissions/posts in the world, and in partnership with the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). FICHET is a non-profit organization supported by Taiwan universities and MOE, focusing on facilitating international education exchanges. Based on these institutional partnerships, CSAT only works with nationally accredited universities in Taiwan.

PARTNERS

Our Vision

CSAT aims at promoting academic exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan by introducing American students to Taiwan via the following means:

    1. Streamlining the administrative process by providing direct contacts and efficient service.
    2. Matching students’ preferences & requirements of Taiwan universities.
    3. Nurturing future talents with international & Asian experience.
    4. Bringing “a world with a little more knowledge & a little less conflict.”

Why CSAT

4 reasons why you should choose CSAT, the hub linking U.S. and Taiwan universities! 

    • One-stop Shop:  Centralized coordination and simplified administrative process for U.S. universities
    • FinanceNo hidden cost for students
    • English Instruction in Featured Disciplines:  From featured Taiwan universities
    • Credit Transfer:  Administrative assistance with credit transfer for U.S. and Taiwan universities

CSAT is the solution

Background between U.S. and Taiwan sides

  • 600+ American schools signed 2200+ MoUs with Taiwan institutions.
  • Taiwan ranks 48th among study abroad destination for U.S. students.
  • Taiwan is the 7th top places of origin for more than 21,500 incoming students in the U.S.

U.S. Administrator

Issue

  • Dispersed Demand from U.S. students: Not enough students for studying abroad in Taiwan in each school.
  • It is difficult to maintain partnerships between institutions in order to support all kinds of requests from students and schools.

CSAT is the Solution!

  • CSAT broadens options for partnerships and strengthens program development.
  • CSAT streamlines administrative management.
  • CSAT reduces administrative costs.
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U.S. Students

Issue

  • Dispersed Supply in Taiwan: Most schools in Taiwan only have a few disciplines which offer full English instruction.
  • It is difficult for students to deal with the hassles of all the bureaucracy with limited administrative resources.

CSAT is the Solution!

  • CSAT provides placement suggestions and administrative assistance.
  • CSAT offers affordable finance model and guarantees no hidden charges for students.
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Staff

Lisa Lin

Program Director

Astin Chang

CSAT Program Specialist

Dalia Chang

Alumni & CSAT Program Specialist

About Taiwan

“EVERY so often someone asks me: “What’s your favorite country, other than your own?” I’ve always had the same answer: Taiwan. “Taiwan? Why Taiwan?” people ask.
Very simple: Because Taiwan is a barren rock in a typhoon-laden sea with no natural resources to live off of — it even has to import sand and gravel from China for construction — yet it has the fourth-largest financial reserves in the world. Because rather than digging in the ground and mining whatever comes up, Taiwan has mined its 23 million people, their talent, energy and intelligence — men and women.”

Thomas L. Friedman

Academically Rigorous

Safe & Friendly

Rich Culture & Chinese Learning

High Living Standards at Reasonable Cost

Come study in Taiwan to explore this unique island. You will find rich culture and various featured study fields which will benefit and strengthen your academic development.

Humanities & Social Science

With strategic geopolitical location, unique democratization history, and academic freedom, Taiwan is thriving in East Asian politics and Cross-strait studies? Taiwan is the right place!

Anthropology & Austronesian Studies

Being the origin of Austronesian linguistic group, Taiwan is a great place to discover the indigenous anthropology

Economics / Business

Featured business schools are accredited by AACSB & IEET, and you can also dive into the trends and practices of East Asian economies here

STEM & Biology

Learning from world-class researchers while exploring technology innovations and the unique ecosystem of Taiwan

Chinese Language / TCSL

Being the repository of traditional Chinese culture, and a multicultural society, you will not just learn the language, but also experience the culture first hand

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TESOL+Teaching Internship

With the vision of becoming a bilingual nation in 2030, Taiwan offers opportunities for teaching internship in bilingual classrooms

Partner Schools

AreasNo.School Name (English)School Name (Chinese)
NORTH1Tatung University大同大學
NORTH2Chung Yuan Christian University中原大學
NORTH3Chinese Culture University文化大學
NORTH4Soochow University
東吳大學
NORTH5National Taipei University of Technology
國立台北科技大學
NORTH6National Ilan University
國立宜蘭大學
NORTH7National Chengchi University
國立政治大學
NORTH8National Yang-Ming University
國立陽明大學
NORTH9National Taipei University
國立臺北大學
NORTH10National Taiwan University
國立臺灣大學
NORTH11National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
國立臺灣科技大學
NORTH12National Taiwan University
國立臺灣師範大學
NORTH13Tamkang University
淡江大學
NORTH14University of Taipei
臺北市立大學
NORTH15Taipei Medical University
臺北醫學大學
NORTH16Takming University of Science and Technology
德明財經科大
MIDDLE17Tunghai University
東海大學
MIDDLE18National Changhua University of Education
國立彰化師範大學
MIDDLE19National United University
國立聯合大學
MIDDLE20Feng Chia University
逢甲大學
MIDDLE21Chaoyang University of Technology
朝陽科技大學
SOUTH22Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
文藻外語大學
SOUTH23Chang Jung Christian University
長榮大學
SOUTH24Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology南臺科技大學
SOUTH25Kaohsiung Medical University
高雄醫學大學
SOUTH26National Sun Yat-sen University
國立中山大學
SOUTH27National Chung Cheng University
國立中正大學
SOUTH28National Cheng Kung University
國立成功大學
SOUTH29National Kaohsiung Normal University
國立高雄師範大學
SOUTH30Kun Shan University
崑山科技大學
SOUTH31I-Shou University
義守大學
SOUTH32Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science嘉南藥理大學

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Program & Finance

Semester programs

The CSAT program fee  of $7,950 will be taken out of student’s normal U.S. tuition*. The fee covers:

Academic Programs

$ 7,950
  • TUITION

    Equivalent to 12 to 18 hours of coursework
  • HOUSING

    Typical dormitory in host university**
  • LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION EXPENSES

    Equivalent to 3-6 hours of the U.S. semester credit within the 18 hours; often comes with a language partner
  • CULTURE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

    Events organized by SCAT and/or the Taiwan partner institution

Business Internship Programs

$ 7,950
  • International School of Technology and Management
    Feng Chia University

  • TUITION

    Equivalent to 6 to 9 hours of coursework
  • HOUSING

    Typical dormitory in host university**
  • SPECIAL PROJECT (Optional)

    3 hours a week
  • PRACTICUM

    4 to 14 hours a week
  • LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTRUCTIONS

    3 hours a week

* Financial aid is the decision of each institution
**The program cost does not cover housing deposit, which can be refunded in full by the end of the program if no penalty charged by the host institution.

Semester Program Sample

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering

Required Courses: Thermodynamics, Materials, Manufacturing Processes, Circuits, Fluid Mechanics

Match Up: Chung Yuan Christian University (Taoyuan), National Cheng Kung University (Tainan), National Sun Yat-sen University (Kaohsiung)

Final Decision: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is one of the best research universities in Southern Taiwan which has been prominent especially in the field of engineering. They also offer various English-taught bachelor and master programs in relevant fields, which is why we believe Student A will be able to find suitable courses in this school.

1. Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics: 3 credits/ hours per week
Advanced Thermodynamics: 3 credits/ hours per week

2. Materials
Mechanics of Materials (I): 3 credits/ hours per week
Advanced Materials and Devices for Energy: 3 credits/ hours per week
Science of Applied Materials (I): 3 credits/ hours per week
Combinatorial Materials Synthesis and Application: 3 credits/ hours per week

3. Manufacturing Processes
Polymer Processing: 3 credits/ hours per week

4. Circuits
Electronic Circuits: 3 credits/ hours per week

5. Fluid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics: 4 credits/ hours per week
Fluid Mechanics: 3 credits/ hours per week

We encourage students to participate in elective general education courses that are related to Asian or Taiwanese culture, politics and history as well as those related to their disciplines. This way, students will not only be able to receive authentic cross-cultural exchanges but also attain interdisciplinary training. 

History of Western Science and Technology: From 19th Century to Present: 2 credits/ hours per week

Contemporary Issues in Global Health: 2 credits/ hours per week

Taiwanese Traditional Drama Appreciation: 2 credits/ hours per week

Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking: 2 credits/ hours per week

Humans, Animals and Ethics: 2 credits/ hours per week

Generally the semester length in Taiwan is 18 weeks. We understand students who attend the fall semester will probably hope to return home before Christmas. We will negotiate with host institution to handle individual needs case by case.

Internships Sample

Discipline: International Business

Goal: Taking Courses + Business Internship Opportunity

Required Courses: No specific requirement, but expect to take courses from business school

Match Up: National Chengchi University (Taipei), Feng Chia University International School of Technology and Management (Taichung), National Sun Yat-sen University (Kaohsiung)

Final Decision: Feng Chia University (FCU), Taichung, Taiwan

The International School of Technology and Management of Feng Chia University (FCU) provides both business program and internship opportunities. It is also one of the business schools in Taiwan that is by AACSB. In other words, their curriculum design and requirements are generally recognized globally, so students will face less difficulty in transferring credits when they return to their home institutions. Taichung, where FCU locates is also a vibrant city. It has a science park and is rapidly developing creative industry, which all mean that students will be able to partake in exciting internships in some of the most top-notch companies.FCU provides both business program and internship opportunities. It is also one of the business schools in Taiwan that is by AACSB. In other words, their curriculum design and requirements are generally recognized globally, so students will face less difficulty in transferring credits when they return to their home institutions. Taichung, where FCU locates is also a vibrant city. It has a science park and is rapidly developing creative industry, which all mean that students will be able to partake in exciting internships in some of the most top-notch companies.

Innovation Management: 4 credits/ hours per week

Business Information Management: 4 credits/ hours per week

Introduction to MATLAB Programming: 2 credits/ hours per week

Managerial Accounting: 3 credits/ hours per week

Business Application of Statistics: 4 credits/ hours per week

We encourage students to participate in elective general education courses that are related to Asian or Taiwanese culture, politics and history as well as those related to their disciplines. This way, students will not only be able to receive authentic cross-cultural exchanges but also attain interdisciplinary training. 

Arts of Asia: 3 credits/ hours per week

International Etiquette and Professional Image: 2 credits/ hours per week

Taiwan Literature: 2 credits/ hours per week

Folk Beliefs in Taiwan: 2 credits/ hours per week

Generally the semester length in Taiwan is 18 weeks. We understand students who attend the fall semester will probably hope to return home before Christmas. We will negotiate with host institution to handle individual needs case by case.

Short-term Programs

2 Weeks Chinese Learning

$ inquire
  • TUITION

    2 weeks of intensive Chinese learning courses
  • HOUSING

    Typical dormitory in host university
  • GROUP INSURANCE
  • AIRPORT PICK UP AND DROP OFF
  • HALF-DAY CULTURAL TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

8 Weeks Teaching Practicum

$ inquire
  • TEACHING PRACTICUM

    2 credits of practicum at elementary or middle school
  • HOUSING

    Typical dormitory in host university
  • HOST UNIVERSITY FACULTY SUPERVISION
  • LOCAL TEACHER ADVISING
  • ACCESS TO ON-CAMPUS SERVICES*

**On-campus services include course auditing, medical services at university clinic and so on. Please consult our advisor for more details.

Chinese Language & Culture Program Sample

Goal: Learning Chinese and Asian Culture

Required Courses: No specific requirement, but expect to take courses related to Asian/Taiwanese culture, ethnic studies, history, politics and so on

Match Up: National Chengchi University (Taipei), Tunghai University (Taichung), National Cheng Kung University (Tainan)

Final Decision: National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan

National Chengchi University (NCCU) is one of the best universities in Taipei that emphasize humanities and social science training. We match students up with this institution because they not only offer a lot of English-taught courses across disciplines, but also possess a strong Chinese Learning Center is one of the best universities in Taipei that emphasize humanities and social science training. We match students up with this institution because they not only offer a lot of English-taught courses across disciplines, but also possess a strong Chinese Learning Center.

English Program in Chinese Culture: Art in Taiwan: 3 credits/ hours per week

Western Images of China and Taiwan: 2 credits/ hours per week

Asian Economic Integration: 3 credits/ hours per week

 

Generally the semester length in Taiwan is 18 weeks. We understand students who attend the fall semester will probably hope to return home before Christmas. We will negotiate with host institution to handle individual needs case by case.

LIVING EXPENSES

Estimate Cost 
Students need to prepare the following on their own:

  • MEALS: $200-300 /month
  • International Airfare: To/from Taiwan university
  • Miscellaneous: $100-200 /month
  • Health Insurance**

**After 6 months of being in Taiwan, students are enrolled in Taiwan’s modern and comprehensive healthcare system; otherwise students must provide their own.

Application

Semester program

Complete application form on CSAT website. (Application opens all year round)

CSAT preliminary review and host institution matching.

Student confirms program application and pay $50 application fee.

a. Fee is non-refundable, and on participation is applied to the semester program cost.
b. CSAT provides 1-3 university options. Student choose a program. Then additional $20 fee is charged for every additional university program.

Students apply for host institution, and CSAT provides support along the way.

a. Fall Semester: March to mid-April 
    Spring Semester: Mid September to Mid October
b. Application materials preparation.
c. Gather course syllabi for credits pre-approval.

Host institution final review and announces result

a. Fall Semester: June
b. Spring Semester: December

Enrollment

a. VISA application
b. Housing reservation
c. Tuition transfer

Short-term program

Faculty/Administrator sends a request via CSAT website. (Mandarin Learning  & Culture Immersion Program/ Field Study Program/ Class Abroad Program)

CSAT provides preliminary program proposal.

Faculty/Administrator confirms program contents and participant information.

A non-refundable $300 deposit for each participant will be charged 3 months ahead of program start date.

Total program cost should be transferred 1.5 months before the program start date. Individual program cost is refundable until 1 month before the program start date.

Mandarin Learning & Culture Immersion Program

Field Study Program

Class Abroad Program

Incoming Students

Preparation for My Journey

Exchange Rate: Around 1USD=31NTD

Voltage: 110V, 60HZ

Time Zone: UTC+8

Drinking Water: Bottled water recommended

Tips: Tipping is not common in Taiwan, but some restaurants include 10% service charge in the bill which normally should be indicated on the menu.

First things to pack: Passport (visa if required), passport photos, documents for your program, cellphone, some cash, credit card

Outwear: Rain jacket or umbrella, flip flops for walking in the rain and a hat for the scorching sun 

Clothing: Casual and business casual clothing. Evening wear is seldom worn except to formal events.

Accessories: Laptop, charging cables and adapters for two-pronged outlets

Bedding: Please consult with your host university about the items and facilities provided at the dormitories. (Top sheets are not widely available in Taiwan, pack one if you desire as stores generally only sell fitted sheets rather than a set.)

Others: Personal medication, hygiene products, birth control, toiletries and water bottle 

Most major cities in Taiwan are very accessible and most daily necessities can be purchased at an affordable cost at local shops.

Duration of stay less than 90 days:

American citizens are eligible for the visa exemption program with a duration of stay up to 90 days. A valid U.S. passport with remaining validity of at least six months as of the date of entry and a confirmed return air ticket are required to present at the custom.

Duration of stay more than 90 days:

To enter Taiwan for a stay more than ninety days, American citizens need a valid U.S. passport and a visa from Taiwan. You can apply at any Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Offices in the United states.

(Resident Visa holders are required to apply for the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Re-entry Permit at local service centers of the National Immigration Agency within 15 days starting from the next day of their arrival.)

No meat and its products, plants, fresh vegetables and fresh produce products are allowed to enter Taiwan. (Custom Declaration Form)

Amounts of US$10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, must be declared and registered with Customs. Please refer to the currency restrictions for more detailed information.

You may wish to exchange some NTD and get access of internet/wifi upon arrival. You can find several banks for foreign currency exchange and cellular service counters for sales of prepaid SIM cards at the airport.

There are several convenient options of transportation from Taoyuan airport to your destination. To Taipei Main Station, you can take direct bus 1819 or Taoyuan Airport MRT without transfer for about 50 minutes and for around 5 USD.

My Journey in Taiwan

Host universities will provide orientation guide for students about the programs/courses, facilities, services and any other relevant information about their campus life.

CSAT provides on-site assistance to the students during the programs when necessary.

CSAT organizes culture enrichment activities for semester programs and half-day cultural tours/workshops for short-term programs. Students will also have opportunities to participate in activities held by Fulbright Taiwan and interact with local community.

Students are entitled in national health insurance after 6 months of being in Taiwan. Students who stay in Taiwan for less than 6 months are expected to have their own insurance plan. 

When students are in health or safety emergency situation, students should contact the Office of International Affairs (OIA) of their host universities via the 24 hour emergency call. Host universities will then keep CSAT posted. CSAT staff will follow up with students and inform their home universities accordingly. 

In crisis such as major natural disasters, the OIA of host universities will be the first respondents to confirm students’ safety. CSAT staff will also reach out to both schools and students to determine if any additional support is needed. In short, CSAT, host and home universities will share up-to-date information if students are involved in any emergency situation.

Emergency number for police: 110

Emergency number for ambulance/fire: 119

End of My Journey

CSAT will assist students and their home schools every step along the way for credit transfer:  

  1. Before confirming students’ academic term in Taiwan, CSAT will provide course syllabi, faculty curriculum vitae, and grading scales for the department of their home university to process credits pre-approval.
  2. During the semester, CSAT will keep track of students’ situations and give in-time notification to their home universities if any issue arises. 
  3. At the end of the semester, CSAT will collect students’ transcripts issued by the host universities, and provide interpretations of academic records to facilitate credit transfer at their home universities.

Towards the end of each program, CSAT will conduct evaluation with students and partner schools to ensure the quality and continuous improvement of the CSAT programs. Students are also expected to submit an article about their journey for the resources of the CSAT official website.

For U.S. Faculty/Administrator

Faculty Internationalization Initiative

We hope to begin in the near future to provide faculty fellowships to come, experience Taiwan, and help internationalize home and host member schools. Please enquire about the possibilities. The benefits & responsibility include:

  1. $15,000 + housing
  2. Teach one semester at a CSAT Taiwan partner university (selected by FSE & the U.S. institution)
  3. Normal teaching commitment: 2-3 courses
  4. Home institution encouraged to provide sabbatical or supplement

CSAT Membership

Benefit

    1. Simplified administrative process
    2. Consolidated opportunities for studying in Taiwan
    3. Faculty Internationalization Initiative

Doctorate-granting Universities── $300/year
Master’s Colleges and Universities── $200/year
Baccalaureate Colleges & Special Focus Institutions── $100/year
Associate degree Colleges & Tribal Colleges── $50/year

FAQ

A: Not at all! Some Chinese will surely help you adapt to the life here, but our goal is to help you find English-taught classes that will fit your degree requirements or academic pursuit. We hope you will also want to study Chinese.

A: Your home institution always holds the discretion about whether they will accept the credits you earn in Taiwan. However, we work closely with both your home and host institutions to help facilitate the process. The plan is for it to be seamless. Before you come to Taiwan, we will provide a list of tentative courses that you can take, so you can provide their syllabi and other information to your advisors or your home institutions’ academic offices for review. After the completion of your study here, we will facilitate translating your transcripts so you can report to your home institution for credit transfer. If your home institution is a Consortium member, it probably is automatic.

A: Upon receiving your application, we will review your preferences, and then provide several schools that will best match your academic interest. Of course you get to make the final decision and you are also welcome to raise your concerns anytime during the process.

A: Don’t worry! CSAT is sponsored by both Fulbright Taiwan, recognized by the Department of State, and FICHET, recognized by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. These are all credible official agencies promoting international higher education, so you do not have to worry about our reputation! The purpose is to get more undergraduates to study in Taiwan!

A: Please refer to the Student Finances for the detailed items covered by our service fee, including tuition, accommodation and etc. Briefly, you still need to pay for the flight tickets as well as daily living expenses , just like in the U.S. However, Taiwan is a place enjoying high living standard at a reasonable cost. Specifically good food is inexpensive; so don’t worry about hidden charges. There are none!

CONTACT

EMAIL: csat@fse.fulbright.org.tw
TEL: +886-2-2388-2100 ext. 193
ADD: 2F, NO. 45, Yangping S. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan