Fu Jen Catholic University
Fu Jen Catholic University was actually founded in Beijing in 1925 before being re-established in Taiwan in 1961. Today Fu Jen continues its proud traditions as a leading private institution in Taiwan's metropolitan capital, Taipei. The university's convenient location allows students easy access to intellectual, cultural, and social activities taking place around the city. Students can find information on any of Fu Jen's 11 colleges by checking out their website
. This program is strongly recommended for students in one of the STEM fields, as well the School of Business.
Academics & Curriculum
Mandarin is the primary medium of instruction at Fu Jen. English-taught courses are available but limited. Students intending to take Chinese-taught courses should anticipate being asked to submit proof of language ability (Level 3 TOCFL results or Level 5 New HSK results), in addition to proof of language study (1000+ learning hours and a 5000-word vocabulary).
Fu Jen shares the US credit system but many of the courses are only worth 2 credits, meaning students will often mix-and-match to meet CUA requirements. A full semester load could include eight 2-credit courses, fulfilling 4 CUA requirements and 1 free elective. Participants are required to enroll in at least 2 courses within their major field of study. Up to 2 general education courses (humanities) may be taken per semester, but the 2 courses must be in different subjects. Students should pay attention to additional restrictions placed forward by individual departments. Additionally, many courses will require getting a seal of approval from the course professor.
Students looking for more information on available courses can search here
. Syllabi can be found here
Accommodations & Meals
On-campus housing is available but not guaranteed. Students awarded housing are paired with a buddy who can help with moving in and by answering questions. It is important to note that students cannot cancel or change their housing assignment once they’ve arrived in Taiwan, and exchange students are not eligible for the Lixue Dorm.
Students in the dormitories will have access to shared bathrooms. Rooms are available as either triples or quads, all of which include bunk beds, desks, chairs, closets, air conditioners, internet, Wi-Fi, and phones (cannot be used for outgoing calls).
Participants are not provided pillows, blankets, mattresses, or box springs. These items may be purchased near the University. For reference, a mattress usually costs $33.
Students interested in this program are strongly encouraged to apply for the Huaye Enrichment Scholarship
(HES), which is valued at approximately $800 per month. The Education Division, within the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, also offers financial aid in the form of a "Taiwan Scholarship". Apply here!
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