#1Chinese Gap Year (CGY) in Taipei 2021-22 華語菁英壯遊專班 2021-22年

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    Updates on travel and visa restrictions can be found here.

    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 3, 6, 9, or 12-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 language and culture program.
    • University housing that balances safety and support with independent living.
    • Social and cultural immersion on campus, in the city, and around Taiwan.
    • Personalized attention and around-the-clock support and resources.
    • A CGY teacher and staff-to-student ratio of 1:2.5 or lower.
    • Weekly, monthly, and quarterly activities and excursions.
    • 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.

    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: 

    CGY students live in a nearby suite-style university dorm (priority for students who will be doing at least two quarters), where they will each have a private bedroom and bathroom, and a shared living room/kitchen space. The dorm is 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!) 

    Alternatively, if students have relatives or friends in Taipei, then they are welcome to live with them or find other housing. In that case, we will deduct the housing portion of the program fee.

    No matter where students live, while they are on campus, they 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 learn more about the program calendar, fees, application process, and textbooks. You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions (which contains information on visas), or read more about our program mission and goals, stance on diversity, and other policies.

    Other questions? Get in touch directly by email
  • ***CGY has a new website! Please visit it here.***

    Updates on travel and visa restrictions can be found here.

    2021-2022 Chinese Gap Year in Taipei
    9/22 (Wednesday) Latest arrival date
    9/23-9/24 (Thursday-Friday) Orientation and activities 
    9/27 (Monday) Classes begin
    10/9-10/11 (Saturday-Monday) National Holiday: Double-Tenth Day (CGY closed)
    11/19-22 (Friday-Monday) Culture and Language Excursions (Tentative)
    12/10 (Friday) Last day of Fall Quarter
    1/3 (Monday) Latest arrival date
    1/4 (Tuesday) Orientation and activities
    1/5 (Wednesday) Classes begin
    1/29-2/6 (Saturday-Sunday) National Holiday: Chinese New Year (CGY closed)
    2/26-2/28 (Saturday-Monday) National Holiday: Peace Memorial Day (CGY closed)
    3/3-5 (Thursday-Saturday) Culture and Language Excursions (Tentative)
    3/18 (Friday) Last day of Winter Quarter
    3/28 (Monday) Arrival date
    3/29-3/30 (Tuesday-Wednesday) Orientation and activities
    3/31 (Thursday) Classes begin
    4/2-4/5 (Saturday-Tuesday) National Holiday: Tomb-Sweeping Day (CGY closed)
    4/16-4/19 (Saturday-Tuesday) Annual ICLP-led Beigang Field Trip (CGY closed)
    4/28-5/1 (Thursday-Sunday) Culture and Language Excursions (Tentative)
    5/2 (Monday) Deferred Holiday: Labor Day (CGY closed)
    6/2 (Thursday) Last day of Spring Quarter

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


    ► CGY 2021-2022

  • ***CGY has a new website! Please visit it here.***

    Updates on travel and visa restrictions can be found here.

    #Application Fee
    NT$3,000 (~US$105), to be applied toward the first quarter Program Fee.

    #Program Fees
    Program Fee
    (Housing Fee included)
    NTD USD (Approximate) Due Date
    Non-refundable Enrollment Deposit NT15,000 ~US$530 Due date specified in admission letter; deposit to be applied towards your first quarter program fee.
    Housing Deposit* NT15,000 ~US$530 Due by Enrollment Deposit due date
    2021 Fall NT255,000 ~US$8,900 August 10, 2021
    (NT45,000 Housing Fee portion due by Enrollment Deposit due date)
    2022 Winter NT240,000 ~US$8,400 November 19, 2021
    2022 Spring NT240,000 ~US$8,400 February 11, 2022

    ► CGY is not able to offer financial aid, but certain students may be eligible to apply for the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

    ►If a student enrolls for multiple quarters, the total Program Fee due will be the sum of the quarterly Program Fees that the student has enrolled for.

    ► Above Program Fees include quarterly NT45,000 (~US$1,600) Housing Fee. After a student enrolls, the Housing Fee will be paid separately, either through PayPal, in NT cash, or via bank transfer between Taiwan banks.

    *The Housing Deposit is paid once and covers the cost of any damage or repairs to the dorm room, with the balance being refunded to the student upon move out via the same method used for payment (minus PayPal fees). If the cost of damage or repairs exceeds the Deposit amount, the student will be charged separately for any additional costs.

    If a student elects to arrange their own housing, the quarterly Program Fee listed above will be reduced by NT45,000 (~US$1,600).

    ► All Program Fees are charged in New Taiwan Dollars by credit card. The USD amounts listed are approximate and may change due to currency fluctuations.

    ► The Program Fee covers textbooks/materials required for classes, along with housing/some utilities (if staying in CGY-provided housing), and some activity costs. The Program Fee does not cover day-to-day living expenses or insurance.

    ► If for some reason CGY is not able to run, all accepted students will have the option to participate in ICLP (ICLP fee schedule will apply and CGY housing may not be available. Please check ICLP's main website for housing options or look for off-campus accommodation nearby.).

    #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 (not including the Enrollment Deposit portion).
    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 (not including the Enrollment Deposit portion).
    3. There will be no refund after the first third of the classes.
    4. If an entire quarter’s courses are cancelled due to low enrollment or other reasons unrelated to the student, a full refund of the Program Fee, Housing Fee, and Housing Deposit will be issued without interest.
    5. Except in the event of Item 4, no refund will be issued for the Enrollment Deposit or Housing Fee.
    6. Refund applications shall be submitted to the CGY office using the refund application form (CGY program staff will provide this).
    7. After the refund application is confirmed as complete by CGY, the refund will be transferred in approximately four to six weeks. The student shall be responsible for all associated bank charges and PayPal charges that may be deducted from the refund.
    8. 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.

    Students who would like to apply to CGY 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):
    Fall (September 22 - December 10, 2021) August 10, 2021
    Winter (January 3 - March 18, 2022) November 19, 2021
    Spring (March 28 - June 2, 2022) February 11, 2022

    ► CGY Application Requirements & Instructions

    ► CGY Online Application System

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