Through interaction with the students of our sister university in Taiwan, National Changhua University of Education (NCUE), and through the Technology and Society class activities, field trips, and weekend cultural excursions, you will be immersed in the rich and diverse Chinese/Taiwanese culture. You will explore ancient Chinese technological inventions, and development and achievement of technology in present-day Taiwan; as well as tour major cities, villages, and noteworthy monuments. The program also provides the environment for you to learn conversational Chinese and, more importantly, to appreciate different cultures and widen your worldview.
After flying from Nashville to Taiwan, we will reside in guest housing on the NCUE campus. During week days, we will have classes in mornings and field trips in afternoons. On weekends, there will be cultural exploration travels. In week one, the class will have an overview of ancient Chinese inventions and visit surrounding old towns, museums, and a hands-on, paper-making workshop. On the weekend, we will visit Tainan (the oldest city), Kaohsiung (a harbor city), and stay overnight in Kenting National Park at the southern tip of the island. In week two, the class will be introduced to modern technology in Taiwan, and make a trip to Tsinchu High Tech Science Park and Taichung City. The weekend trip will be to visit Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and Sitou Forest and stay overnight at Sun Moon Lake. In week three, the class will discuss the impact of modern technology to the global society, then travel north to Capital-Taipei City- and stay three days to visit the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 skyscraper, memorials, temples and traditional night markets. The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
Lodging and Meals:
You will be provided university guest housing (2-3 persons per unit); hotel, dormitory-style, or hostel-style accommodations during travel; and three meals per day.
Register for APSU’s ENGT 3820: Technology and Society. English is spoken during all classes, activities, and tours.
Tourist Visa Fees:
Program countries requiring a tourist visa prior to travel for US citizens include China, Brazil, and India. Students participating in these programs should plan to pay all costs and fees associated with applying for the visa. You must be especially vigilant in keeping up with deadlines in order to have your visa in time for travel. You should plan to have a passport no later than early March. Please be aware that it is necessary to have a passport in hand in order to apply for a visa. You may have complications or incur additional costs if you apply incorrectly. If you do not have your passport and visa before the departure date, you will not be able to board the flight and may have to forfeit participation in the trip with no refund of fees. Non-US citizens may require a visa for any APSU study abroad program and must be aware of their individual travel documents needs.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
A non-refundable deposit is due when completing the online appliacation that is due by February 15. The travel grant application is due by March 1.
Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. After you have completed your mandatory advising appointment with the Office of International Education, feel free to call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with Cathy Naef or Jennifer Ellis. Additional scholarships and travel grants are available through the Office of International Education. View more information on financial aid.
Dr. Chin-Zue Chen (Engineering Technology) at (931) 221-1472 or ChenC@apsu.edu.
Austin Peay State University reserves the right to make cancellations, date and fee adjustments and any other changes that may be required.