National Taiwan University (NTU) is the prestigious flagship university of Taiwan. NTU has 11 colleges, 54 departments,107 graduate institutes, and eight master's and PhD programs, which range from the natural sciences to the humanities, society, and the arts. It offers more than 7,800 courses each semester, placing it at the top in the nation in terms of both breadth of academic fields and volume of programs. Students who study at NTU become part of the nation’s richest center of learning and are given the opportunity to receive a diverse, superlative education.
NTU's main location is a large garden-campus in the center of Taipei, and is easily accessible by public transport. Officially known as Taipei City, Taipei the capital city and a special municipality of the Republic of China serving as the seat of the central government. Sitting at the northern tip of the state, Taipei City is an enclave of the municipality of New Taipei City. Most of the city is located on the Taipei Basin, an ancient lake bed bounded by the two relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city's western border.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
- Due to regulations set forth by NTU, Taiwanese nationals are not eligible for this exchange program (dual-nationalities are acceptable).
This NTU site allows you to browse NTU classes, fast search for a course of your preference, find classes taught in English, and easily sort through electives and required classes by department, institute, or program.
The course list of the first (fall) semester will be available in August and in January for the second (spring) semester. Therefore, students will need to look at the previous years' courses when selecting courses to take.
Exchange students are restricted from the following courses:
- Practicum courses (clinical medicine courses and medical research) are not open to exchange/visiting students.
- The Department of Anthropology, unless the student is proficient in Chinese.
- GMBA courses.
- EMBA and EIMBA courses.
- Some departments and institutes are not available in the College of Medicine. Please contact the Program Administrator (listed on the Contacts tab) if you are interested in any courses in the College of Medicine.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at NTU is a bit different from Mason. The first semester (fall) runs from early September to mid-January and the second (spring) semester runs from late February to late June.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits. Courses are typically worth 2-3 credits.
- 1 credits at NTU= 1 credit at Mason
Students generally take 4-5 courses. This will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| NTU Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Students attending National Taiwan University will have to arrange their own accomodation, however NTU will offer suggestions and general guidance. You can find a list of recommended housing options on their website:
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Taiwan's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.