Study Abroad

TAIWAN | spring 2019



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.

Please print, fill out, sign, and bring completed forms to the Study Abroad Office (Snohomish Hall Room 301)

WCCCSA Preliminary Application

This is a hybrid study program. You will spend the first 5 weeks of the quarter studying Philosophy and Humanities from home (using Canvas and video conferencing). Then you will travel to Taiwan where you will spend 7 weeks continuing your studies with the addition of an intensive Chinese language course. You must carry a 15 credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities.

Introduction to Eastern Philosophy (5 credits)

This course introduces students to eastern philosophies
and helps them to understand the philosophical similarities among these philosophies, especially as they relate to reality, value, knowledge, and religion. Topics may include: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism,
Mohism, and Daoism.

Humanities: Women and World Religions (5 credits)

This course explores feminine perspectives of religion and spirituality in classical and indigenous religions today and throughout history. We will
examine images of the divine, mythological presentations, as well as roles and practices of women in each tradition through the study of traditional writings, feminist themes and feminist theologies. In doing so, we will address questions such as: What do sacred sources in traditional religions say about women and issues of gender; and how both men and women in society have used oral and written sacred narratives.

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 and be placed in the appropriate class based on your proficiency level. Most students will enroll in a Beginner level course. 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: $3,150.00 ($450 nonrefundable deposit due upon application)


  • Group transfers to/from Taipei Taoyuan airport
  • Housing accommodations and free daily breakfast
  • Cultural events and activities organized by USC campus mates
  • Weekly field trips
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Student basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Overnight cultural excursion at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist center


  • Tuition for 15 credits
  • Airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Books
  • Lunch and dinner meals
  • Local transportation
  • Optional field trips
  • Independent travel and entertainment expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program.

Program Dates:

April 1-May 7, 2019 (online coursework in USA)
May 8-June 21, 2019 (Taiwan coursework abroad)

Payment Dates:

November 1, 2018 -Early bird deadline ($100 discount!!)
December 1, 2018 - Final payment deadline
*Applications submitted after final deadline are subject to space availability with an additional $100 late fee.

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!