Engineering Exchange Program at
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University is the premier engineering research university in Taiwan, and holds world rankings in numerous science and engineering fields. The NCKU-Auburn exchange program offers U.S. students an unsurpassed educational experience in the country that now leads the world’s production of semiconductor materials.
Exchange students spend an entire semester at NCKU, earning regular AU course credits. Proficiency in Chinese is not necessary, as there are courses offered in English, and most Taiwanese students have studied English. The campus of NCKU is open and airy, much like Auburn University. Join students from all over the world for a career-enhancing experience of top-notch education, Asian culture and history, and natural beauty.
Most of the English taught course offerings are best matched for Auburn students in the late sophomore through junior year, but there are courses for seniors as well (see course offerings below).
Refer to the NCKU application website and NCKU Information for International Students for details.
- 1 October 2018: NCKU Application Deadline
- 1 Feb 2019: Approx. date classes begin
- 28 June 2019: Approx. date classes/finals end
- 29 March 2019: NCKU Application Deadline
- 09 September 2019: Arrival date and orientation
- 16 September 2019: Date classes begin
- 17 January 2020: Date classes/finals end
The following courses have been pre-approved for Auburn course equivalents at this exchange program location: EN.NCKU.PreApprovedCourseEquivalents.pdf
It may be possible that students can take other courses at this program location that do not appear on this list, and students should contact the Auburn Faculty Director or see the Current Programs and Full-English Programs pages on NCKU's website for current course offerings.
Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student equal to 12 hours (based on their residency status). The student will be enrolled in the Auburn Exchange Course (UNIV 3000) while abroad. Students will not pay tuition to the host university but may pay other fees and are also responsible for their meals, books, housing, and airfare.
Auburn students will also pay for the International Emergency Travel Self Insurance for the duration of their program abroad. Download a copy of the EN.EX.NCKU.Budget.pdf
Students will live on-campus in the university dormitories. The dorm fee for male students in Ching-Ye Dorm 2 is about US $250 per semester, and for female students in Ching-Ye Dorm 3 is about US $450 per semester. Internet and electricity fees are separate. Rooms are double-occupancy and air-conditioned.
For more information, visit the NCKU Accommodations Website.
Tainan is known as the “Phoenix City” due to its long history of comebacks and renewals. Today, however, this ancient city has risen from its former ashes to become a modern metropolis with over 1,800,000 inhabitants and an abundance of cultural and historical attractions. Tainan is one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, and the city’s original name “Tayouan” is believed to be the source of the name “Taiwan”. The city served as the nation’s capital until the end of the nineteenth century and has seen foreign influence by Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, and Spanish governing bodies at various points throughout history.
Although no longer the administrative capital, Tainan is recognized as the cultural capital of Taiwan and boasts the most Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian temples and shrines in the country. Many of these sites are among the oldest in Taiwan as well; the city’s most famous being the 400-year-old Taiwan Confucian Temple which was built during the reign of the Qing Dynasty. The city is recognized for its contribution to folk life and ritual. It is home to the famous fireworks festival known as Feng Pao, has contributed much to the development of Taiwanese cuisine, and is home to the National Museum of Taiwan History. Tainan is also an important city in cinema and media and is the birthplace of Academy Award winning director Ang Lee of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
For more information on Taiwan, visit the Traveling in Taiwan website.
Independent Excursions: The island of Taiwan (population 23 million) boasts a geography extending from the ocean to more than 200 mountain peaks that rise over 10,000 feet. Taiwan offers tremendous varieties of activities, from big city life to mountain climbing and soaking in natural hot springs. The island is well connected and easily accessed by public transportation, and the high-speed train reaches the capital city of Taipei (population 7 million) in less than 2 hours.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- Students will need a Taiwan Visa for this program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Contact Professor John Hung (ECE) about his year in Taiwan as well as Professor Kai Chang (CSSE) who grew up in Taiwan and can tell you all about life there.
- Visit the NCKU Website