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Providence University


Program Snapshot

Providence University is a great destination for international students, as it offers active campus life, an outstanding Chinese language training center and a variety of available courses taught in English. The international office takes great care of their students and offers a variety excursions and activities that will make your time in Taiwan a blast.

Providence University is located in Taichung, the heart of Taiwan and the historic capital of the island. Taichung is approximately a two-hour drive from Taipei and is serviced by multiple daily buses and trains to and from all parts of Taiwan.

Taichung has convenient access to all student necessities and offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Students are only minutes away from spectacular natural landscapes with the opportunity for hiking and biking in addition to other outdoor activities. Sports and outdoor recreation and a diversity of cultural activities are available. The city also hosts lively festivals year-round.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for academic year, semester, or summer
ISEP Direct: undergraduate and graduate programs available for summers only

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic Year: mid-September to late June
Semester 1: mid-September to mid-January
Semester 2: mid February to late June.
Summer: late June to early August

Summer Program
Located in Taichung, the historic capital of Taiwan, Providence University offers students a unique opportunity to experience life in the heart of Taiwan. Surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking landscapes, this summer program attracts students from across the globe, providing the chance for participants to make lasting friendships both inside the classroom and out. Whether students are working to improve their Mandarin, taking fieldtrips to business enterprises or participating in many of the region's cultural practices and activities, they are certainty in for a once in a lifetime adventure.

See summer program information

Fast Facts
Taichung, Taiwan (pop. 1,017,232)
Student Enrollment: 12,000
Language of instruction: Mandarin Chinese, English
University Home Page
Courses in English
Courses in Chinese
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Foreign Languages and Literature (English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese), Humanities and Social Sciences (Chinese Literature, Social Work and Child Welfare, Taiwanese Literature, Law, Ecology, Mass Communication, Teacher Education), Sciences (Applied Mathematics, Applied Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, Cosmetic Science, Statistics and Informatics), Management (Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Tourism, Finance), Computing and Informatics, Computer Science and Information Management (Computer Science and Information Engineering, Communication Engineering), Service Learning Development

Courses taught in English
Providence offers a wide range of courses taught in English in the fields of Business Management, Computing and Informatics, English Language and Teaching, Finance and Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Physical Education, Science, and Theatre. For a list of undergraduate courses taught in English, visit: http://www.oia.pu.edu.tw/ehtml/b02.php

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Providence offers graduate level courses taught in English through the College of Management and the College of Computing and Informatics. Please visit the GIP website (http://www.gip.pu.edu.tw/) for more information about graduate school international programs.

Academic Notes
The language of instruction is Mandarin for all undergraduate courses, with the exception of the courses taught in English listed above. At the Masterís level many courses are taught in English. For further information, please visit the universityís website: http://www.oia.pu.edu.tw/ehtml/b02.php.

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term, which averages to 12-19 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in February.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in June.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: Previous Chinese language study is not required.
Language Courses: Intensive Mandarin Chinese courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels, up to 10 hours/week.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes, required.
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
Other tests accepted: No
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
  1. From the website of Office of International Affairs, Providence University, click on Academics on the top menu.
  2. Select "Courses Taught in English". This shows a list of all courses within each college and each department.†
  3. In addition to undergraduate courses, additional graduate courses in English are available in Management and Information Science. Please visit the GIP website for the list of courses.†
Please note that students are also welcome to take courses that are taught in Mandarin or other languages.† †For information about these courses:
  1. Enter the website of Providence University, and then enter the E-Campus service.
  2. Select Course online. There will be a search area for students to enter the key words or desired course title or department.
For exchange students, there is no limit to the number of courses that can be taken. †All exchange students must attend the Chinese language course for 10 hours per week free of charge which will count for 2 credits per semester. More hours for an additional fee are also offered for all levels.† (http://www.clec.pu.edu.tw/Default.aspx)

The university also provides training and assistance on course selection during Orientation, where a learning partner can help you select your courses one by one.

Housing and Meals
Students are usually housed in 3 or 4-person occupancy rooms in residence halls on campus. Students may opt to rent a single room off-campus. There are no kitchens in the student residences. Limited guest rooms are available on campus for an extra fee. Married student housing is NOT available. Students are provided with a stipend for 19 meals per week.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Monthly personal expenses are estimated at USD $100.

An orientation is provided when students arrive on campus and will include various information sessions, a campus tour, lunch, and a meeting with the Office of International Affairs Staff and their Learning Partners. During orientation, students will receive assistance to activate their computer accounts, apply for alien residency, health insurance, a bank account, cell phone, and to register for courses. The orientation also includes a city tour.


Airport pickup is available. Host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Over 85 student clubs and organizations sponsor a wide range of extracurricular activities. The Office of International Affairs organizes regular student parties, outings, cultural trips and other fun activities. Providence University also provides numerous sporting and physical fitness opportunities. Sports include baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis and fitness in superb athletics facilities including a track and a newly-built world class sports arena. The annual Sports Day provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in a whole day of activities. Students also have access to a student health center, career advising services and a Campus Ministry Center. Other facilities on campus include theaters, a music appreciation center, dining services, Caves bookstore, convenience stores, an art gallery, an auditorium, a chapel and a state-of the-art library. Exchange students also have access to International Corner (I-Corner), an informal, friendly environment where one can make new international friends, find academic partners, and learn about the diverse cultures, traditions and customs of other countries. Incoming students can also take part in the International Friendship Buddy program. This buddy program facilitates international studentsí initial contact with Taiwanese students and helps them adjust to life in new a cultural environment.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Providence University was the first university in Taiwan to offer students the opportunity to participate in a volunteer program. Students are encouraged to take part in community service and native Spanish, English, French, Japanese, and Korean speakers can volunteer as language tutors. Contact the Campus Ministry Center for opportunities to get involved.

Providence University is a Catholic co-educational institution that was founded by an American congregation, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, USA. The Universityís historic foundation can be traced back to 1920 in Mainland China. It has grown rapidly through the years, valuing diverse cultures and welcoming students and professors from around the world. Providence University assists students in the development of global awareness, lifelong values, service learning, research, and critical thinking skills in academic areas to encourage social responsibility, in line with the schoolís motto: Virtus cum Scientia Ė Virtue with Knowledge.