#1Chinese Gap Year (CGY) in Taipei 2020-21 華語菁英壯遊專班 2020-21年

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    Chinese Gap Year (CGY) in Taipei is the sister program of National Taiwan University’s world-renowned International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), which has been educating students and scholars of Mandarin Chinese for nearly 60 years.

    Launched in September 2020, CGY is a nine-month gap year experience for recent high school graduates who are excited to learn Chinese, experience life in Taiwan, and grow as young people. It is open to recent high school graduates of all Chinese proficiency levels, and features:

    • An intensive and immersive Mandarin Chinese program
    • Suite-style university housing, with a private bedroom and bathroom
    • Social and cultural immersion on campus, in the city, and around Taiwan
    • Personalized attention, resources, and around-the-clock support
    • A safe and friendly environment for living and learning
    • A memorable and meaningful gap year experience!

    Take a look at the experiences of two recent students, Laurence and Monica, who did a gap year and studied at ICLP, prior to the creation of CGY. Or keep reading to learn more about how students will Learn, Live, and Grow right here in Taipei!

    Founded in 1962 to train and develop the oral discursive ability of America's academic elite, ICLP has provided instruction over the past half-century to hundreds of students who now serve in academia and government. Following these instructional practices, CGY students will have three to four hours of Chinese language and culture classes (including daily one-on-one instruction) plus about three to four hours of daily homework. An instructor will also hold weekly evening office hours.

    In addition, students will be paired with a language partner, who is a current National Taiwan University undergraduate student. Beyond that, since the classroom space is a Chinese-only area, students will have many opportunities to engage in Chinese with program staff and classmates. And since Mandarin Chinese is spoken by Taiwan’s 23 million residents, every interaction provides students an opportunity to strengthen their skills and accelerate their progress.

    After nine months in Taipei, students who start from scratch will be able to communicate with confidence in daily-life situations and will be prepared to begin engaging with complex texts and more abstract topics.

    Learn more about the textbooks students will use and the progress they will make.

    CGY is much more than an academic experience. It is also a living experience, and creating a sense of community among students, teachers, and program staff is important to us. With program enrollment limited to 30 students, the teacher/staff-to-student ratio of 1:2.5 or lower ensures that all students will receive individualized attention.

    As a group, we’ll host weekly social and cultural events, plus weekend trips within Taipei and around Taiwan. In addition, students will participate in a once-per-quarter multi-day trip that will allow them to deepen their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society.

    Taiwan is “The Heart of Asia”, and as Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei is a wonderful place to call home. In fact, for two years in a row it has been named the best city in the world for expats because of its safety and affordability, great public transportation and healthcare systems, and friendly and accommodating locals residents.

    Students will be able to explore mountains and beaches, temples and night markets, aboriginal culture and cutting-edge technology companies. And through it all, they will be forming lifelong friendships and engaging in Chinese.

    Just a few of the benefits of life in Taipei: 

    And we’ve got housing covered. Students will be living nearby in suite-style university housing. Each student will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with a shared living room/kitchen space. They will be right near the subway, numerous restaurants, a popular night market for food and shopping, and most importantly NTU’s campus and CGY’s classroom space. (Want to take a peek at the dorm? Check out this great video we found from Sweet Potato Island's YouTube channel!)

    While on campus, students will be able to take advantage of NTU facilities, including access to the largest library in Taiwan, the university’s fitness and health centers, and multiple on-campus cafeterias and restaurants. Perhaps most importantly, students will have the ability to join NTU student groups and make friends with Taiwanese students.

    CGY in Taipei will be an opportunity for students to learn a language, explore a different part of the world, and discover more about themselves. 

    We recognize that this is a special and important time in our students’ lives, and we take seriously their safety, health, and wellbeing while here. Students will strengthen their independence and be even more prepared to succeed in college, and while they will be expected to be responsible and proactive, they should also know that the CGY community will provide the support they need to have success. 

    What’s Next?
    Scroll up and click on the tabs to read through the calendar, program fees, the application process, and textbooks. You can also click the links to learn more about the visa process, read Frequently Asked Questions (which contains additional how-tos on completing your visa application), or see more information about our stance on diversity and other policies.

    Other questions? Get in touch directly by email

    We’re excited to hear from you, and we can’t wait to begin this journey with you!
  • ***CGY has a new website! Please visit it here.***

    Updates on travel and visa restrictions can be found here.

    2020-2021 Chinese Gap Year in Taipei
    9/16 (Wednesday) Arrival date
    9/17-9/18 (Thursday-Friday) Orientation and excursions 
    9/21 (Monday) Classes begin
    10/1-10/4 (Thursday-Sunday) National Holiday: Mid-Autumn Festival (CGY closed)
    10/9-10/11 (Friday-Sunday) National Holiday: Double-Tenth Day (CGY closed)
    11/16-20 (Monday-Friday) Culture and Language Activities Week
    12/4 (Friday) Last day of Fall Quarter
    1/1-1/3 (Friday-Sunday) National Holiday: New Year (CGY closed)
    1/4 (Monday) Classes begin
    2/10-2/16 (Wednesday-Tuesday) National Holiday: Chinese New Year (CGY closed)
    2/17 (Wednesday) Classes resume
    2/24-2/27 (Wednesday-Saturday) Culture and Language Activities Week
    2/27-3/1 (Saturday-Monday) National Holiday: Peace Memorial Day (CGY closed)
    3/19 (Friday) Last day of Winter Quarter
    3/29 (Monday) Classes begin
    4/3-4/6 (Saturday-Tuesday) National Holiday: Tomb-Sweeping Day (CGY closed)
    4/28-5/1 (Wednesday-Saturday) Culture and Language Activities Week (Tentative)
    5/3 (Monday) Deferred Holiday: Labor Day (CGY closed)
    6/1 (Tuesday)  Exit Exam
    6/2-6/4 (Wednesday-Friday) Final Week Activities and Celebration
    6/5 (Saturday) Move Out Day

    Note: The above schedule is subject to change in accordance with the announcement made by the Central Personnel Administration, Taiwan.  


    ► CGY 2020-2021
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    #Application Fee
    NT$3,000/US$100 (To be applied toward the Program Fee.)

    #Program Fees = NT735,000/US$24,500
    Program Fees NTD USD Due Date
    Non-refundable Enrollment Deposit NT45,000 US$1,500 As specified in admission letter
    $500 to be applied toward the Fall, Winter, and Spring Program Fees, respectively.
    Fall Program Fee NT255,000 US$8,500 August 6, 2020
    Winter Program Fee NT240,000 US$8,000 November 26, 2020
    Spring Program Fee NT240,000 US$8,000 March 11, 2021

    ► All program fees are charged in New Taiwan Dollar by credit card. The USD amounts listed are approximate and may change due to currency fluctuations. Housing costs will be broken out and paid for separately via PayPal, in cash (NTD), or via bank transfer between Taiwan banks.

    ► The program fee covers textbooks/materials required for your classes, along with housing/utilities and some activity costs. The program fee does not cover day-to-day living expenses or insurance.

    ► If a student finds their own housing, then a portion of the program fee will be deducted.

    #Refund Policy
    If students need to withdraw from the Program, the following refund guidelines must be observed:
    1. Students who submit a refund application prior to the first day of class are entitled to a 90% refund of the program fee.
    2. Students who submit a refund application before the end of the first third of classes are entitled to a refund of 50% of the program fee.
    3. There will be no refund after the first third of the classes.
    4. If courses of an entire quarter are cancelled due to low enrollment or other reasons unrelated to the student, a full refund will be issued without interest.
    5. Except in the event of Item 4, no refund will be issued for the application fee.
    6. Refund applications shall be submitted by 17:00 of the due date. Please submit the following documents to the CGY Office in person (the procedure takes about 1 hour):
      1. Application form (filled out at CGY);
      2. Payment receipt (original);
      3. NTU student ID card (original);
      4. Photocopy of national ID card, passport or ARC;
      5. Photocopy of the applicant's bank passbook (bankbook) cover page, which should clearly indicate the account name, account number and the name of the bank branch.
      The refund is expected to be transferred approximately 4-6 weeks after the refund application is confirmed complete by CGY. The student shall be responsible for all associated bank charges.
    7. The refund policy is in compliance with the Regulations for Implementation of Continuing Education at Higher Education Institutions (專科以上學校推廣教育實施辦法修正條文; 100.1.11教育部令) enacted by the R.O.C Ministry of Education.
  • ***CGY has a new website! Please visit it here.***

    Updates on travel and visa restrictions can be found here.

    2020-21 Chinese Gap Year in Taipei
    Students who would like to apply to this program must be recent high school graduates who have not yet begun university. If you are currently in university, or have already graduated from college, then we encourage you to apply directly to our main ICLP Academic Year Program.

    Application Deadline (Taiwan Time, UTC +8):
    Spring (March 29, 2021 - June 5, 2021) On a rolling basis through February 2021.
    1. If travel restrictions remain in place in the Spring, then CGY will continue offering both an in-person and online program. In that case, CGY will follow the ICLP Track 1 policies and pricing for Spring online courses.
    2. Due to limited space, housing is not guaranteed for Spring Quarter applicants. Please email us for more information.
    3. If you would like to apply for the Summer 2021 quarter or future quarters, please view the Chinese Gap Year (CGY) in Taipei 2021-22 program details.

    ► CGY Application Requirements & Instructions

    ► CGY Online Application System

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