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National Taiwan University: Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan (direct enroll)

National Taiwan University

Taipei City, Taiwan

BACT Program

What's the scoop?

The objective of this unique study abroad experience is to explore, analyze and learn about biodiversity, agriculture and culture in Taiwan. Through hands-on activities, field trips and lectures, students will acquire a broad knowledge of the country's agriculture, biodiversity, and culture. At the end of their time abroad students will more fully understand global biodiversity and agriculture as well as have an increased understanding and appreciation for Taiwanese culture.

The course has been designed and is being offered by the National Taiwan University College of Bioresources and Agriculture and is for those students who want to acquire a broad knowledge of the flora and fauna, agriculture, environmental issues, and culture of Taiwan. Students will also have the opportunity to attend classes for an introduction to the Chinese language. Field trips will expose the students to various ecological zones of Taiwan. 


The 2017 program is to be determined.  Applications are due March 15, 2017. Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis, and applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. Early application is advisable.

What course will I take?

AGNR has partnered with National Taiwan University, who conducts the Taiwan BACT course (Biodiversity, Agriculture and Culture of Taiwan).  Our partnership with NTU allows UMD students to pay the discounted tuition, as referred to on the Taiwan BACT page.

During the program, students will learn through cultural immersion with native students, faculty, and others within the general population and through participation in academic lectures, field trips, and guided tours. Excursions will be to areas of ecological significance, museums, and various institutes. Students will keep a daily journal which should discuss their perceptions of the agricultural, environmental and culture issues of Taiwan prior to this study abroad and how these perceptions may have changed during and after discussions and observations during the course. Students will be evaluated on their participation.

This is not an official University of Maryland program, but you may still apply to it and receive credit for your studies (be sure you speak at with your academic advisor about specific credits and courses).

Where will I stay?

To further their immersion, students will be housed at the NTU dorm and in hotels when on field trips.

Who's here to help?

IPAN Coordinator Ann Leger, 301-405-8779, 1118 Symons Hall, is available to answer questions about the program. Students may also contact the Education Abroad Regional Advisor for Taiwan if interested in this program. Please see the Contact Us page for contact details and to sign up for an appointment online. 

What are the costs?

Program fee for Summer 2019: NTD 90,000 (approximately $2,908)

UMD Study Abroad Fee: $500

Meals, airfare, and personal expenses are out of pocket.


Links to student websites or blogs, read about their adventures and see some amazing photos!

Travel in Taiwan magazine
Presentation on Taiwan BACT program
student from University of Illinois
student from Purdue

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/15/2020 01/01/2020