Taiwan - Program Calendar and Costs
Working students interested in preparing for participation in a global economy will find participation in the UHV short term programs in Taipei an excellent opportunity. As a participant, you will study in Houston for two days and Taiwan for the rest of the three week period. All classes will be a three credit hour course.
All students must have a valid U.S. passport and an international student I.D.
Tentative Schedule: Daily_Schedule.pdf
Program Price (not including airfare and tuition/fees): $600 (based on single occupancy)
This fee includes the following:
1. $100 deposit payable within seven days of submitting the application. (Refundable only if UHV cancels the program.)
2. Lodging (16 nights): Double occupancy room in Plaza Hotel, Taichung (7 nights), Sun-Moon Lake Teacher Lodge (1 night), and Ming-Chi University guest house or Hotel, Taipei (8 nights).
3. Meals: All meals are covered except during the two free-activity days
4. Admission tickets for all program excursions and field trips listed below:
Business Field Trips (This is a typical itinerary but may be subject to change):
- TSMC (http://www.tsmc.com):
The world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry
- AUO (http://www.auo.com):
Taiwan's largest and a worldwide top manufacturer of TFT-LCD
- Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital and Health Village (http://www.cgmh.org.tw)
Taiwan's largest hospital service provider with a seven-facility and 8,800 beds
5. Transportation: The two days of free activity are NOT included. All other transportations are included: shuttle bus to airport, taxi, high-speed train…etc.
Click on the Curriculum to view the day to day itinerary.
6. Airfares will be approximately $1,800 from Houston to Taipei return. The student is responsible for making and paying for his / her own flight reservations.
7. Regular UHV tuition and fees apply.
About the Cultural Excursions:
- Sun-Moon Lake
Surrounded by green mountains, Sun Moon Lake is the pearl of Central Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake is the largest natural lake in Taiwan. The Eastern part of the lake is round like the sun, while the Western part is shaped like a crescent moon - hence the name "Sun Moon Lake".
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
he Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park is opened in 1987, containing not only the memorial but also the National Concert Hall and the National Theater. The park covers a space of 24 hectares, with a wide open plaza. It is surrounded by a long white wall topped with small blue tiled roof forming a long hallway which wraps around the park. The architecture of the memorial itself is modeled after the pyramid-like top of Tiantan in Peking. Its massive blue-tiled roof is capped with a golden peak on top, producing a majestic appearance.
- Taipei 101
The building, designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed by KTRT Joint Venture, is the world's tallest completed skyscraper. Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. It has been hailed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World (Newsweek magazine, 2006) and Seven Wonders of Engineering (Discovery Channel, 2005). The building serves as an icon of Taipei and Taiwan as a whole.
- National Palace Museum
Rated as one of the top four museums in the world, the National Palace Museum in Taipei holds one of the largest collections of Chinese artifacts and artwork.
- Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market is the largest and most well known night market in Taiwan, especially with regards to food, and is a favorite focal point for Taipei's night life among residents and visitors alike.
Taiwan Visa Application
Visa-Exempt Entry: If you are citizen in one of the following countries, you do not need visa to enter Taiwan for a trip shorter than a month.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands (Holland), New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.A.
- A passport valid for at least six months
- A confirmed return/onward air ticket, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
- No criminal record.
Application Fee: $0 (US Citizens)
Eligible Persons: Foreign nationals other than the above, who hold ordinary passports or other legal travel documents and who intend to stay in Taiwan, for less than six months for the purpose of transit, tourism, visiting relatives, attending a training course, receiving medical treatment or engaging in business or other permissible activities. (For visitors from the People Republic of China (PROC), special requirements for visa application are required. Please contact Dr. Chen, firstname.lastname@example.org, for details.)
- A passport valid for at least six months;
- A duly completed application form with two photos (2'X1'8”)
- A returned/onward airline ticket, or a copy of itinerary.
- Documents verifying the purpose of visit such as invitation letter; and
- Other relevant documents, if any.
- Visa application fee: US$50/single entry; US$100/multiple entries.
- It takes one business day to process the application, if all the requirements are met. Expediting fee: US$25/single entry ; US$50/multiple entries . Cash, cashier check, money order only (payable to TECO in Houston). Personal checks will not be accepted.
For details, you may visit TECO website at: http://www.taiwanembassy.org/US/HOU
Address: 11 Greenway Plaza Suite 2006, Houston, TX 77046
Tel: (713) 626-7445 extensions: 3832 (visas)
Fax: (713) 626-0990
Lobby Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm (12:00am-1:00pm drop-off only)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
General Information for Taiwan Trip
Baggage Restriction for Air Travel
Carry-on Baggage: You may carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer.
Checked Baggage: Check with your airline for any free baggage allowance and charges.
The weather in Taiwan is hot and humid, particularly in summer. If you have been New Orleans, LA, in summer, the weather is very similar to that in Taiwan. Afternoon shower or T-storm is quite common in summer. In case hurricane (typhoon) is coming, it is pretty safe to stay in the hotels/dorm.
You may dress casually for daily classes. T-shirts, shorts, and sandals, are fine. For business field trips, please dress more formally (no shorts, no sandals). For the welcome ceremony and presentation, you need to dress up professionally. The laundry service is available in hotels and nearby the host universities at low cost.
There are a variety of food choices in Taiwan. Meals in Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Mexican, American, and Vegetarian…etc, are available nearby. All fast food chain franchise in the U.S. can be seen in Taiwan. The hotels in Taiwan provide free bottle water every day. Drinking water available in convenient stores and restaurants are safe.
The overall violent crime rate in Taiwan is low. However, travelers should avoid high crime areas, such as areas where massage parlors, barbershops, and nightclubs operate as covers for prostitution activities and are often run by criminals. In contrast to these illegal fronts, ordinary barbershops and other legal service providers prominently display the usual services and the interiors can be seen through storefront windows. Illicit establishments generally do not advertise and casual passersby cannot view their interiors.
Public transportation, including the buses and the subway, is generally safe in Taiwan, but women should exercise caution when traveling alone in taxis late at night.
Visitors should keep photocopies of their passport, other identification, and credit cards in a safe place.
In case of the loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport, you should report immediately to the National Immigration Agency and to AIT-Taipei. The National Immigration Agency has foreign affairs sections that are usually staffed by English-speaking officers. National Immigration Agency contact numbers for the major cities in Taiwan are as follows: Taipei (02) 2389-9983, Taichung (04) 2254-9981. For students who carry passport other than the U.S. should report immediately to program directors who will contact your country’s representative officer in Taiwan.
As U.S. citizen, if you are the victim of a crime while in Taiwan, in addition to reporting to the local police (dial 110), contact AIT Taipei (02) 2162-2000. For students who carry passport other than the U.S. should report immediately to the local police (dial 110) and program directors who will contact your country’s representative officer in Taiwan.
Medical Facilities and Health Information
Health facilities in Taiwan are adequate for routine and emergency medical treatment. Physicians are well trained and many have studied in the U.S. and speak English. State of the art medical equipment is available at many clinics and hospitals. Ambulances are available in Taiwan but are not like those in the U.S. (dial 119).
Please exchange currency in the TPE airport or banks in Taiwan at the accurate market exchange rate. Do not exchange in any U.S. airport (the rate is lower) or banks in U.S. (a higher fee charged). It is very convenient and safe to exchange USD to NTD in Taiwan.
If you are a light shopper, $300~$400 is enough for pocket money in Taiwan. Credit card and debit card are acceptable in most stores. In case you need more cash in trips, you may get them from ATM machines located nearby. Traveler check is not recommended. Before the trip, please call your credit card company about your trip to Taiwan. Otherwise, some cards with protection program will ban the usage in Taiwan.
Check List Before You Go:
- Passport (with Taiwan visa if required)
- Airline ticket (you may need to show the back flight ticket while you are entering Taiwan)
- Printed lecture notes (if you prefer to study printed lectures, not from your laptop)
- One office attire (for welcome ceremony and presentation)
- Polo shirt with UHV logo (you will get one in orientation)
- Calculator (basic model is fine)
- Student Insurance ID card
The following items are recommended.
It is strongly recommended. It will make your study in Taiwan more comfortable. The host universities and the hotels (either in Taichung or in Taipei) provide free wireless Internet access.
- Personal items:
The hotels provide shampoo, soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, towel…etc, everyday. However, if you prefer to use your own, just carry them or purchase them in Taiwan.
In the trips, you may need them for tour.
- Pain Relief Pill:
Drugstores in Taiwan also sell pain relief drugs at counter. However, the brands are different from what are available in CVS and Walgreen. If you prefer to take pills sold in the U.S., please carry them. With day adjustment, different styles of meal, and hot weather, you may have sleepless, headache, or stomachache in the first week.
- Camera/Video Cam
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