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American Councils: Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) Program

Tainan, Taiwan
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Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP)

The Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) allows students of Mandarin Chinese to complete a year's worth of study in only eight weeks. The program combines intensive classroom instruction with cultural activities, excursions, conversation partners, community engagement opportunities, and a weekend homestay with a local host family. 

Program Features

Offered in Tainan, Taiwan at National Cheng Kung University

Available during the Summer term (8 weeks)
20 hours per week of immersive coursework in Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing

Local conversation partners help participants adjust to daily life in Taiwan, serve as expert guides to local culture and society, and provide academic support
Participants earn 8-10 U.S. academic credits in Chinese language through Bryn Mawr College
Housing offered in NCKU dormitories; students spend a weekend with a local host family to gain perspective into Taiwanese everyday life and experience the island's trademark hospitality

Day trips, overnight excursions, and cultural activities provide deeper understanding of Taiwanese society, history, and daily life
Comprehensive health, accident, and evacuation insurance for all participants abroad

Financial Aid

Financial aid from American Councils is available for TISLP. Please visit to learn more about available scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 semesters college-level Chinese or the equivalent
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • At least 18 years old by application deadline

Application Deadlines

Summer programs: February 15

Interested in learning more?

Complete program information, including an online application, is available on the TISLP website at
Read what past program participants have to say about their TISLP experience on our blog website. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for pictures of participants on-program, study abroad articles, and more!


Contact American Councils at

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 2023 03/15/2023 01/20/2023