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  • Locations: Tainan, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: American Councils (ACTR) 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, Culture, History, International Studies, Mandarin, Politics
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.7
Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

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Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP)

The Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) allows students of Mandarin Chinese to complete a year's worth of study in only eight weeks. The program combines intensive classroom instruction with cultural activities, excursions, conversation partners, community engagement opportunities, and a weekend homestay with a local host family. 

Program Features

Offered in Tainan, Taiwan at National Cheng Kung University

Available during the Summer term (8 weeks)
20 hours per week of immersive coursework in Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing

Local conversation partners help participants adjust to daily life in Taiwan, serve as expert guides to local culture and society, and provide academic support
Participants earn 8-10 U.S. academic credits in Chinese language through Bryn Mawr College
Housing offered in NCKU dormitories; students spend a weekend with a local host family to gain perspective into Taiwanese everyday life and experience the island's trademark hospitality

Day trips, overnight excursions, and cultural activities provide deeper understanding of Taiwanese society, history, and daily life
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad

Financial Aid

Financial aid from American Councils is available for TISLP. Please visit to learn more about available scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 semesters college-level Chinese or the equivalent
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • At least 18 years old by application deadline

Application Deadlines

Summer programs: February 15

Interested in learning more?

Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the TISLP website at
Read what past program participants have to say about their TISLP experience on our blog website. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for pictures of participants on-program, study abroad articles, and more!


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