The 4-week Chinese language program offers study abroad participants the opportunity to intensively study Chinese at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan. This intensive Chinese language program provides the students the opportunity to learn Chinese language at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan for four weeks. Students will meet weekdays in the morning in classroom with their teachers from the host university for at least four hours to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of modern standard Chinese. There will also be some university organized activities.
- Students will meet for four hours on weekdays with their teachers from the host university to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Prerequisite: CHIN 101
Students will choose two of the courses below for a total of 6 credits on the program.
- CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese
- CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II
- CHIN 210: Intermediate Chinese
- CHIN 300: Reading Skills Development
- CHIN 301: Advanced Grammar and Syntax
- CHIN 311: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
- CHIN 380:
- CHIN 475: Chinese Popular Culture
- CHIN: 481: Fourth Year Chinese II
- CHIN 485: China on Stage: Introduction to Chinese Theatrical Dramas in the 20th Century
May 15 - June 13, 2021
May 15, 2021, Saturday: Depart from the US for Taipei.
May 16, Sunday: Arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei in the afternoon, met by the local hosts at the airport, check into the dorm.
May 17, Monday: Opening Ceremony, Orientation and Placement Test
May 18, Tuesday, Classes start
May 19 Wednesday-May 21 Friday: Classes
May 22-23 Saturday & Sunday: Sightseeing in Taipei
May 24-28 M-F Classes
May 29-30 Excursion to Tainan by train
May 31-June 4 Classes
June 5-6 hike in the Mountains
June 7-10 Classes
June 11 Friday Graduation ceremony
June 12, Free time for wrap up, check out from dorm
June 13, 2021: Depart from Taipei for US. Program ends
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.
- Tuition for 6 credits,
- Accommodation in on-campus residence hall,
- Some local transportation,
- Cultural excursions,
- International emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, other transportation, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.
A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021
. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021.
This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits:
Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. . The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits" forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once the office of financial aid can review aid for this program.
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 10, 2021
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.