UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD Exchange: National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
Founded by the Japanese in 1928, National Taiwan University (NTU) is generally considered the top-ranked university in Taiwan. The University has 11 colleges, 54 departments, 103 graduate institutes, and 4 research centers and a total population of around 33,000 students. National Taiwan University's vision embraces strong knowledge, strong techniques and strong elites, guided by independent thought and a pioneering spirit of enterprise. Experience of the Chinese world is a considerable asset for students of today. An NTU education gives a clear competitive advantage – they are ranked 1st in the entire Chinese-speaking world by ARWU, a major international university ranking.
NTU provides many opportunities to develop your potential alongside some of Taiwan's best students and faculty, within an exciting and supportive environment. Around 800 courses are taught in English. Students are able to undertake the most extensive range of academic programs in Taiwan. No matter what subject you are interested in, there is likely to be a significant number of high-quality courses and programs for you.
NTU is situated in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei City. Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan and a city that never sleeps. Many of the 3,000,000 inhabitants of Taipei speak English, but students interested in practicing their Mandarin will have ample opportunity to interact with the local population. The source of Taiwan's extensive public transportation system and the location of Taiwan's major airport, Taipei City provides easy access to the rest of the island and to the mainland.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Exchange students can take courses offered by the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, Social Science, Public Health, Life Science, and General Education. Visit the NTU website to view the departments that are part of each College.
To search for a course in the course catalog, you need to first select the academic year. Note the way that Taiwan counts years, which is based on the founding of the Republic of China in 1912. If you use the Chinese version of the NTU Online Course Information, 104-1 means 2015-1 (The First Semester from September 2015 to January 2016) and 104-2 means 2015-2 (The Second Semester from February 2016 to June 2016).
Restricted courses are: College of Medicine, Department of Anthropology, master or PhD courses, MBA courses, and Physical Education courses worth one credit.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at National Taiwan University will be converted as follows:
|National Taiwan University Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 NTU Credit||1 UMD Credit|
|3 NTU Credits||3 UMD Credits|
The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on April 27, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|National Taiwan University Grade||UMD Grade|
National Taiwan University offers accommodations on and off campus. On campus housing is offered in single and double dorm suites. More information is on the NTU website.
Students who wish to live off campus are responsible for arranging their own housing.
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
National Taiwan University offers more than 400 different student clubs available to international students.
All incoming International Students are required to participate in Orientation Activities that take place a week before classes begin.
Counseling & Health Services
The Student Counseling Center provides counseling in english for international students. Its goal is to help students adjust to their new environment and promote strong mental health.
*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.