COBE students are presented with a one-of-a-kind opportunity through the COBE in Taiwan program. Students will spend six and a half weeks at Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan while earning 9 credits (6 are completed during the summer and the remaining 3 will be completed in the fall). Prepatory Chinese class is offered int he Spring.
Academics - Earn 9 Credits
Students will take a three credit business seminar focusing on Taiwan’s business culture. Additionally, students will study the Chinese language for ten hours each week earning three credit hours. Finally, students fulfill the BUS 239/339/439 core requirement and the GPS Courses with Study Away.
Providence University will coordinate several company visits. In addition to the site visits, students will complete reading assignments and research projects fulfilling their internship requirement. This course, while starting at PU in the summer, will be finished at Ashland University in the fall. The credit hours can count toward student’s major or minor in Business management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship or International Business. With one additional course completion, an International Business minor is possible through this program.
Providence University is the direct result of eastern and western collaboration. Throughout its history of rapid growth, it has valued other cultures and welcomed students and professors from all over the world while preserving its own Taiwanese heritage. Today, the Office of International Affairs functions as a bridge between Providence and academic institutions of higher learning in other countries. It is committed to the promotion of Mandarin Chinese language and Taiwanese culture, wider and greater academic international opportunities for students and professors, and the internationalization of the campus. In its capacity as the formal representative of Providence University to the global community, the Office of International Affairs initiates, communicates, and follows up on academic international matters.
Location - Taichung City
Taichung is the third largest city in Taiwan, located in the west-central part of the island. It has a pleasant climate and a population of just over one million people. The city is home to many manufacturers and in recent years has experienced rapid growth in the diversity of its cultural offerings.
Taichung offers many opportunities to explore. They have a world-class science museum and hiking in the nearby hills. There are also many famous night markets that provide night-time excitement including the ChungHwa night market, the Feng-Chia university night market, the Tung-Hai university night market, and the Chung-Shiao night market.
PROGRAM COST FOR 2013: $4,000
INCLUDED: Tuition, housing in a double dorm room, flight, some excursions, and international health insurance
NOT INCLUDED: Food (approx. $600), Visa ($140), Passport ($135), Trip Interruption and Cancelation Insurance, Laundry, public transportation pass ($50), and Personal Expenses
COMPARISSON: If you stayed at Ashland, six to nine credit hours of summer school would cost $2,705 - $4,057. For a total of approximately $4,000, you can earn 6-9 credit hours, experience Taiwan for over six weeks and become conversationally self-sufficient in Chinese - a language being highly sought after businesses in the USA. In addition, you complete an elective in your major and almost fulfill the requirement of a minor.