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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Option: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Engineering, International Studies, Landscape Architecture, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: City and Regional Planning Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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Program Moving Around Taiwan tab 1

The City and Regional Planning program at Ohio State has documented a steady rise in students who are interested in ways to improve public transportation and its relationship to quality of life in cities. This is why the Taipei City region provides a wonderful opportunity to broaden your knowledge and personal experience riding and closely studying transit in an international context. Taipei, Taiwan's mass-transit system is known as a world model of transportation efficiency. Vastly different than cities in Ohio, the districts in the Taipei region have among the highest densities of residential, office, and commercial land use in the world. The country's tight, mixed use development pattern makes reliable public transportation possible, serving as a model in the study of transit oriented development and "smart growth."

Taipei City's Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) is one of the safest, cleanest, and most reliable subway systems in the world. The Taipei region's bus system links commuters to MRT and High Speed Rail stops and final commuter trip destinations. The Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) originates in Taipei and connects the region to Taichung, the third largest city located in the middle of the island. The approximately 38 minute trip at top speeds of 182 miles per hour links that city's new rapid transit system currently under construction that will integrate an extensive Bus Rapid Transit system. Lessons can also be learned from other cities and regions of Taiwan that provide less efficient transit services that are more similar to systems in Ohio of which most of us are accustomed. Taiwanese municipalities are working on short and long range plans to improve their service to the public.

Since public transit is an important sub-discipline of city and regional planning that is sought after by professionals in every sizable municipality in the world (and many rural regions as well), this ten day workshop will focus on a variety of transit systems in various municipalities in Taiwan. In this course, you will attend lectures by Taiwan leaders and officials, complete and discuss reading assignments, visit special sites, work closely with National Taipei University students, and turn in a contemplative/research project (among other requirements to be announced).

In addition to moving around the island, the group will be enjoying an eclectic variety of authentic foods from Taiwan, China, Japan, and other nearby Asian culinary cultures. Many group meals (of which several will be 'family style') will be provided.


National Taipei University is located in New Taipei City, the most populous city in Taiwan and surrounding the national capital, Taipei. The population of greater Taipei is around 7 million people. Other cities in Taiwan (including Taichung, a city of 2.6 million people) will also be explored.


Students will be staying in apartments near the campus of National Taipei University for the duration of the program. 

Resident Directors

Kyle Ezell, Professor of Practice, Knowlton School of Architecture

Don Leonard, Assistant Professor of Practice, Knowlton School of Architecture

Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Moving Around Taiwan tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of City and Regional Planning 5798 credit for Spring semester 2018.



Application Requirement Moving Around Taiwan tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. It is open to students with sophomore, junior and senior standing and graduate students of all majors. Preference may be given to Knowlton School of Architecture and the greater College of Engineering majors and upperclassmen. All majors with an allied interest in city planning and design are encouraged to apply. Students must submit an academic reference, an interview with the RD is required, and students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

An academic reference from a recent GTA/professor must be submitted by the deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. 

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Moving Around Taiwan tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,127 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, most meals, in-country transportation, accommodations, local administration/leadership, field trips and supplemental health insurance. It does not cover passport fees, breakfast daily, and personal expenses. 

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $3,127 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change).

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.




Information Sessions Moving Around Taiwan tab 5

  • Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4th, 2:00-6:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom 
  • Thursday, September 27th, 12:00pm: Knowlton room 176
  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:30pm in E100 Scott Lab
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during walk-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1-4pm to discuss the program further. 


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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This was my first time abroad and it was the most incredible experience I have ever had. I experienced a different culture, made friends with local taiwanese students and made countless positive memories. 
     — Spring Break, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 10/15/2018
10/29/2018 03/08/2019 03/16/2019
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the U.S.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.