CLC has a spring and autumn session which are 11 weeks and a summer and winter session which are 10 weeks (both 15 hours per week). There is also a summer vacation course which is 20 hours per week for 4 weeks. Students can choose to attend a small group class (6-12 students) or an individual class. The school also offers optional classes: one is language optional class (COL) which include subjects such as pronunciation, grammar, etc., and the other is cultural option classes (COC) which include Chinese painting, calligraphy, Taichi etc.
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The tuition fees are comparable with schools in Taipei.
Spring and autumn sessions
Small group class costs NTD $31,100
Individual classes cost NTD $52,600
Summer and winter sessions
Small group class costs NTD $28,300
Individual classes cost NTD $48,000
Summer vacation class
Small group class costs NTD $15,700
Individual classes cost NTD $29,900
NCKU is located in Tainan, southern Taiwan, an ancient city full of the richness of Chinese traditional culture. The city offers a fascinating mix of ancient and modern Taiwanese culture. The cost of living is much cheaper than Taipei. There are also less people who speak English forcing students to use their Chinese in everyday interactions with locals. The university itself is located in the student precinct of Tainan with many restaurants nearby. There is no subway in Tainan so transport is by buses or bicycle if you chose to buy one.
NCKU is only able to provide accommodation in the student dorms during the summer term. For this period of time the school has 30 places available. During regular term time students need to find their own accommodation. The language center recommends arriving 2 weeks before to find an apartment to rent. For more information on how to find accommodation in Taiwan, read the Taiwan section here on Asia Options.
Language schools outside of Taipei are not as renowned as those in Taipei. However, NCKU is one of the best universities in Taiwan and its language and linguistics college is well respected. CLC is well known in the South of Taiwan and its teachers are well trained and are highly regarded.
CLC organises many cultural activities and excursions really opening students’ eyes to life in the South of Taiwan. There are also timetabled cultural classes held during semester that the school encourages students to attend.
There are less students at NCK than at language schools in Taipei. Given the slower pace of life in Tainan this also means that some students also adopt a slightly more relaxed attitude to their studies. The teachers however, do show a great concern for their students well being and learning.
Asia Options Verdict
This program is best suited for adventurous types who want to experience life in southern Taiwan, and Tainan is a fantastic city. Even if the course is not as rigorous as some of the courses in Taipei, by default living in Tainan your opportunities to speak Chinese are exponentially better. People in the south of Taiwan are known as being friendlier and more welcoming than those in the north (Taipei) so meeting locals and chatting with them will be part of everyday life. Given that the cost of living is also substantially cheaper than in Taipei, studying in Tainan is an excellent choice for the budget conscious who still want to improve their Chinese language skills.
Tainan is a fantastic city
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