The Taiwan Studies program, at the University of Alberta is an interdisciplinary project which studies various aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformations. The program strives to promote student learning and research through organizing various academic initiatives, including conferences, study abroad program and much more . We have various scholars from the Departments of East Asian Studies, History, Linguistics, and Political Science, specializing in salient aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation. Their areas of expertise pertain to such topics as Taiwan’s history, culture, and identity; democratization and political reform at local and national levels; cultural, racial, and gender tensions as seen through the lens of popular literature; Taiwan as a provider of foreign aid and developmental expertise; the influence of global norms on Taiwanese society and political institutions.

The Taiwan Studies program supports student learning and research. We host a series of events every year to promote research of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformations.  This is including a study in Taiwan exchange program, through partnering with National Taiwan Normal University. 

The study in Taiwan program offers students:

– High-quality language classes, for up to 9 transfer credits, tuition free as part of a University of Alberta exchange program.

– Language instruction at ALL LEVELS, including ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS and ADVANCED.

– 6 additional credits in University of Alberta courses on topics related to your stay in Taiwan

– Opportunities to interact with university students at our partner institution

– Experiencing Taipei, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities

The Taiwan Studies Program is overseen by Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta. The Department offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, the Department provides students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest leading public research institutions, located in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. Established in 1908, by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the University is home to nearly 40,000 students from over 147 countries. The University of Alberta promotes research excellence and has been home to 68 Rhodes Scholars, the third most among universities in Canada.

For more information about our program, please email us at taiwanst@ualberta.ca