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Study Abroad

TAIWAN | spring TBD


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Adventure awaits in this small island with a big heart. Situated just off the southern coast of China, Taiwan hosts modern cities, traditional temples, historic sites and a vibrant night market culture.Efficient public transit and high speed rail offer visitors quick and easy access to beautiful beaches, lush mountains and hot springs.

You will spend seven weeks immersed in Taiwanese culture while studying at a private university in Taipei. Along with a cohort of students from Green River College and other community colleges in Washington State, you will be paired with local Taiwanese students or “Campus Mates” who will join you in fun and practical activities throughout your stay. Together you will study, eat, practice Chinese and English and explore while developing deeper cultural awareness and competency.


To apply, please fill out and submit this application to the Study Abroad office at Snohomish Hall 301. You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay
  • Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript

Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in an Edmonds College study abroad program.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

CMST 238 Intercultural Communication (5 Credits)

This class looks at communication across cultures on the interpersonal and inter-group levels. It investigates the components of culture that work to affect the communication of members in and across cultures, including consideration of the role of culture on majority and minority cultural groups related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, age, immigration, etc. This course examines different aspects of the communication process as they relate to intercultural communication, including perception, language, nonverbal communication, etc. This course considers the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications.

FILM 122 Introduction to Film: Genres {Chinese Cinema} (5 Credits)

This class introduces culturally specific films from China and/or Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and examines the genres within this category of films such as thrillers, film noir, melodramas, westerns, etc. It examines the literary, mythic and historical aspects of the different genres. It examines the social and political significance of different genres through the use of specific films watched for class.

CHIN 121 Chinese (5 credits)

Instructed by Shih Chien University faculty. There is no language prerequisite for this program. You will take a placement test upon arrival in Taiwan. Most students will take beginner level. A minimum of five students is required to create an intermediate or advanced section. The course starts with Mandarin phonetic symbols and Pinyin, with an emphasis on pronunciation, intonations and simple conversations. Green River College equivalent: Chinese &121, 122 or 123.

There will be pre-arranged fully inclusive tours during your stay, which may include the following:

  • Overnight at Fo Guang Shan Bhuddist cultural center
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Taipei Confucius Temple
  • Rinzai Buddhist Temple
  • Baoan Temple and Garden
  • Wen Chang Shrine
  • Chen Yueji Residence
  • Chung Tai Chan Monastery
  • Lukang Tianhou Temple
  • Lukang Longshan Temple
  • Nankunshen Daitian Temple

You will live with roommates in a Hostel located in the heart of Taipei city. The hostel amenities include: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, secure lockers, and free breakfast. Bathroom, laundry, lounge and kitchen facilities are shared with other residents. The hostel offers weekly social activities and dining excursions which will give you the opportunity to meet and socialize with travelers from all over the world.

Program Cost: $2,600.00 ($450 nonrefundable deposit due upon application)

Program Dates:

  • US-Based Study: March 30-May 7
  • Departure Day: May 7
  • Taiwan Study: May 8-June 15

Payment Dates:

  • Price: $2,600.00
  • Application Deadline: January 17, 2020
  • Payment Deadline: February 3, 2020

For information on deadlines contact

Rebeka Ferreria, a tenure-track instructor at Green River College, will be your faculty leader for this study program. Rebeka is extremely passionate about word travel and having studied abroad herself in junior college, she is familiar with and eager to be a part of the unique and formative experience it provides for students. Your Chinese language course will be taught by highly qualified local faculty.

To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor!

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