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

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  • Aboriginal Culture in Taiwan
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  • Nature
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  • Longshan Temple
  • Tea in Maokong
  • Sun Moon Lake
  • Ximending, Taipei
  • Taroko Gorge National Park, Hualian
  • Taipei Alley
  • CKS Memorial Hall, Taipei
  • The View From Elephant Mountain, Taipei
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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.

    Launching 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!
  • Please click here for our latest visa/travel updates regarding our 2020-21 CGY program.

    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
    2/27-3/1 (Saturday-Monday) National Holiday: Peace Memorial Day (CGY closed)
    3/4-6 (Thursday-Saturday) Culture and Language Activities Week
    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
    5/3 (Monday) Deferred Holiday: Labor Day (CGY closed)
    6/1 (Tuesday)  Exit Exam
    6/2-6/4 (Wednesday-Friday) Final Week Activities and Graduation 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
      US$100/NT$3,000 (To be applied toward the Fall Program Fee.)

    #Program Fees = US$24,500 (Includes tuition and textbooks, housing and utilties, and some activity costs)
    Breakdown of Fees USD Due Date
    Non-refundable Enrollment Deposit US$1,500 As specified in admission letter
    $500 to be applied toward the Fall, Winter, and Spring Program Fees, respectively.
    Fall Program Fee US$8,500 August 6, 2020
    Winter Program Fee US$8,000 November 26, 2020
    Spring Program Fee US$8,000 March 11, 2021
    Total Program Fees: US$24,500

    ► All program fees are charged in New Taiwan Dollar by credit card; hence, the exact amount in US dollar is subject to change without notice.

    ► 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.

    ► Note: although we encourage all students to have the shared experience of living in the dorm, if a student is graduating from an international high school in Taiwan and is already living in Taipei, then the total nine-month program fee without housing/utilities will be US$19,500.

    ► *Special Pricing Discount for 2020-21 Academic Year*: In light of uncertain global conditions, a special group plan is being offered. If someone enrolls with a friend, then both individuals will receive a $500 tuition discount (applied toward fall tuition fee). Each additional friend who enrolls will be eligible for the same tuition discount.

    #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.
  • Please click here for our latest visa/travel updates regarding our 2020-21 CGY program.
    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. For that program, you can study for one quarter or for the entire academic year.

    Application Deadline (Taiwan Time, UTC +8):
    Regular Deadline June 22, 2020 June 29, 2020
    *July 10 Note: CGY applications are still open, although we are nearing program capacity. If we exceed capacity, applicants may be placed on a wait list. 
    1. Admission decisions will be announced within two weeks after the receipt of applications fully completed.

    ► 2020-21 CGY Application Requirements & Instructions

    ► CGY Online Application System

    ► Questions? Contact us directly.

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