End of semester at NCCU

General Building at NCCU in Taipei

My first semester of Taiwan Studies at NCCU (政大) has come to an end. The time seems to have passed so quickly!

I really enjoyed the Culture and Ethnic Structure class. The highlight was the trip to Smangus and the making of the video. We also went on two field trips to the Ethnology Museum at Academia Sinica and the Shihsanhang Museum in Bali. 

In Spatial Development I wrote two papers about the planned Su-Hua Freeway and development of the east coast. In my research I learnt that as well as the plan for the Su-Hua Freeway there is also a plan for an expressway connecting Puli with Hualian via a very long tunnel. 

I also wrote a paper about the future of the Songshan Airport in Taipei, which was the subject of a related blog post about the future of domestic aviation in Taiwan (and a recent follow-up post). In Taiwanese History I wrote about railways in the Japanese era. This class was also notable for some of the in-class debates. There is no shortage of topics for discussion in this subject. 

Overall the semester went well and I am happy with the course. I think all the lecturers are very knowledgeable about their subjects and I learnt many new things. If you have any specific questions about the course just leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

If you are interested in studying in a Taiwanese university the application period for the next academic year is March-April. The Study in Taiwan website is a good resource for information about courses and scholarships.

7 thoughts on “End of semester at NCCU

  1. Congratulations on wrapping up your first semester at NCCU David! Seems you got a lot out of the classes. What do you have lined up for next semester?

  2. Glad to see the courses went well. I was hoping you’d get around to writing about this eventually. If I had known about the program before I came here, I would have strongly considered it as well.

  3. Hello David,

    first of all, thank you for your great blog. It has become a rich resource of information for me. I have also been following up on your posts about the Taiwan Studies course in NCCU, which I am considering to take this year or next.

    I understand that the main language used in the classroom is English, which I found quite suprising, because I always thought that course would be primarily for Taiwanese students.

    I would like to know if the foreign students there are (as far as you can tell) all from English speaking countries or others as well? And how would you describe the general atmosphere in class?

    I know, it’s hard to make a prediction about any other future classes, it’s just that I have been to Taiwan before studying Chinese there for a year, and sometimes I didn’t quite enjoy the atmosphere in class, because some students there seemed not to have come for really learning languages if you know what I mean. Some friends of mine had similar experiences, so I was wondering if that kind of “problem” can still be found in an MA program.

    Thanks a lot in advance and keep up the good work!

  4. Dezhong, in the class about half the students are Taiwanese and half are from a variety of other countries. There is a wide range of countries represented and most are from non-English speaking countries. The atmosphere in class is good. People are interested in the subject and involve themselves in debate.

    If you send me an e-mail I can answer your questions in more detail.

  5. Hello David!
    I really like your blog, it gives me a lot of information about taiwan. I’m planning to go to taiwan with a scholarship but I’m not sure which univ. i want to choose. I would like to study chinese wushu (chang quan) and theory of wushu on a professional level, but I dont know is there any university or department that gives u this kind of education. Do you have any info about this? thanx

  6. Hi Kiko, thanks for your question. Sorry I don’t know the answer. Maybe someone else who reads the blog can help.

    You could also have a look at the blog Formosa Neijia which is about martial arts in Taiwan.

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