Providence University Summer Program

Chinese Language, Culture, and Business


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.

Providence University International Student Summer Program Flyer


Taichung, Taiwan

Languages of Instruction: English and Chinese


ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct Summer for all US and I-to-I exchange member students      


Mandarin Language Program (54 hours: 3 hr class x 18 sessions)

The course helps the learner to be able to communicate and speak fluent Chinese language in real situational daily dialogues. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels are available.

Chinese Cultural Course: Lectures (9 hours: 3 hr class x 3 sessions)

There are professional and interesting lectures on three specific topics in a variety of different areas. Examples of lectures that have previously been offered include:

Chinese Taiwanese and food cultures
Travel and leisure in Taiwan
Taiwan Geography

Chinese Cultural Course: Hands-on experience (15 hours: 3 hr. class x 5 sessions)

Popular courses covering Chinese and Taiwanese culture and folklore continue to be one of the program's highlights. Examples of activities available for students include:

Chinese martial arts
Chinese calligraphy
Dough figure making
Chinese painting
Tea Making

Professional Management Lectures (9 hours: 3 hr class x 3 sessions)

Three splendid lectures on business management related topics by 3 professional and experienced lecturers with expertise in both management theory and practice.

Enterprise Visits (9 hours: 3 hrs x 3 sessions)

Three field trips are designed to grant students unique opportunities to visit industries of environment protection, Traditional Chinese medicine, and Hospitality (Hotel Management) in central Taiwan. Students will learn first-hand know-how by going behind the scenes.


See the Membership Directory for details.


June 27-August 7, 2016


May 1, 2016


ISEP Direct:$3,000 - $4,000
ISEP Exchange: cost based on tuition, housing, and meals at home university


Students are placed at Bosco Hall, an on-campus dormitory with modern facilities. A stipend is provided to purchase meals at the cafeteria or anywhere off campus. On campus students have access to convenience facilities such as a convenience store, gym, public commons rooms and laundry area.


There will be two weekend trips held by the Office of International affairs. These trips are optional for students and have an additional cost, although students are strongly encouraged to join.

Trip 1: One-Day Trip to Lukang & Glass Gallery (Historical town)

Trip 2: One-Day Trip to Chung Tai Chan Monastery and Aboriginal Culture Park

Trip 3: Two-Day Trip to Xi-Tou Natural Education Area (forest resort)

Trip 4: Two-Day Trip to Taipei (National Palace Museum, 101 Building, and North East Coast resorts)

Trip 5* (with Cultural hand-on practice): One-Day Trip to Sun-Moon Lake and Hugosum Tea Garden


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 University's 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 school's motto: Virtus cum Scientia – Virtue with Knowledge.


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.


Please consider the following requirements when filling out the online application :

Participant Profile: REQUIRED
Host Request List:
º Placement: SELECT "Summer"
º Site: SELECT either "ISEP Direct" or "ISEP Exchange"
º Country: SELECT "Taiwan"
º Institution: SELECT "Providence University"
º Program Type: SELECT "Regular University Courses"
Course Request List: For Course Name, enter "Chinese Language, Culture, and Business" and click the disc icon.
Language Proficiency: Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of instruction is different than your native language? SELECT "No."
Personal Statement: REQUIRED
Academic References: NOT REQUIRED
Transcript: REQUIRED

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