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TAIWAN - ISEP National Tsing Hua University

The oldest city in northern Taiwan, and long a base for traditional industries such as glass- and noodle-making, this laid-back, leafy town (新竹; Xīnzhú) makes for a great day trip from Taipei. The town centre spreads back from a pretty restored canal zone, bordered by small personalized shops and restaurants. Heritage buildings pop up everywhere, and even the modern streets have pleasant arcades for strolling along. Out on the coast, Hsinchu offers a scenic ocean-side bike path and a harbor with a lively restaurant and cafe scene. Come and explore Taiwan! 


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


National Tsing Hua University is located just south of Taipei in a historic yet forward-thinking city. Known as the city of New Bamboo, Hsinchu is an endearing juxtaposition of modernity and antiquity for the oldest city in northern Taiwan. 

As you wander down Hsinchu’s historic moat and central parks, you’ll find heritage buildings, an ocean-side bike path and a lively restaurant and cafe scene. 

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for Taiwan. 


Though it is long known as the base for traditional industries such as glass and noodle making, students interested in science and technology won’t be alone with the city’s numerous STEM universities, attracting more and more high-tech companies from around the world every day. 



NTHU offers rigorous academic training and inspiring learning experiences that prepare students for dynamic career challenges and future success. They have an award-winning faculty, a diverse student body, and a wide selection of programs from seven colleges and a commission. This combination creates an exceptional learning environment for students. 

ISEP students can take courses taught in English in science, engineering, nuclear science, humanities and social sciences, life science, electrical engineering, computer science and more. 

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Program Website 

 One credit is equivalent to 18 contact hours of class. A period of the credit is an hour long (class meets once a week). There are 18 weeks in one academic year. 

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 168 total contact hours, or 672 hours of in- and out-of-class time.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 126 total contact hours, or 504 hours of in- and out-of-class time.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

Student Life

National Tsing Hua University rigorous creates a rigorous yet nurturing climate to promote the personal and intellectual development of students. We provide programs, services, and educational experiences, and enhance the quality of campus life. These programs and services support the mental, social, and physical growth and development needs of our students in a healthy, safe, and intellectually challenging environment.

International Student Support

NTHU provides assistance and variety activities to international students. We hope that you enjoy your time in NTHU.

Student Assistance

We help students solve difficulties occurring on campus to maintain and improve both the quality and convenience of student life.

Dorm Life

National Tsing-Hua University has built 22 dormitories which are desirable places for students to live in.

Student Activites

There are around 150 student clubs at NTHU. The Division of Student Activities is the gateway for those who want to participate in school clubs or school activities at NTHU.

Sports Facilities & School Teams

NTHU has 13 kinds of sports Facilities and 14 school sports teams. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy state-of-the-art recreational facilities and fitness programs.

Counseling Services

The goal of the Counseling Center is to promote the mental health status of the students, faculty, and staff. We are a professional team including licensed counseling psychologists, licensed social workers, and psychiatrists. 

For more information on campus life, and how you can get involved, click here!

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in double rooms at the University dormitory. Cooking facilities and laundry facilities are included/ Cable may be purchased at an extra cost. Students are giving a stipend to buy food and go grocery shopping. 

For more information on housing information, please click here

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to National Tsing Hua University includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office