National Central University

Program Facts

Program Type: Exchange

Credit Type: Transfer Credit

Terms Available: Academic Year , Calendar Year , Fall , Spring

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Junior , Senior , Sophomore

Program Open To: UA Students

Language of Instruction: English

Application Deadline: Academic Year: March 1 , Fall: March 1 , Spring: September 1

Explore National Central University

National Central University (NCU) is a well respected university in Taiwan. NCU teaches Mandarin classes for beginner through advanced students. NCU also offers a variety of classes taught in English in the sciences and humanities.

You can search for courses using NCU's Course Catalog.


Jhongli has a number of important cultural sites. During your semester or year at NCU you'll have time to go out and explore the city. Jungshan Park is a great place to relax and enjoy a natural landscape. Listen to traditional bells and drums as you walk through Yuankuang Temple. Shengchi Pavilion has a long history dating back to the Ching Dynasty. You will be amazed at the deep cultural heritage of Jhongli and Taiwan as you learn more about your surroundings.

Jhongli is located 20 miles from Taipei. You'll have easy access to Taipei through Taiwan's elaborate bus and rail network.


Good to Know:

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Taiwan rates 60/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Taiwan ranks 33/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages spoken: Chinese (Mandarin official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects


NCU has 16 student dormitories with more than 1,900 rooms which can accommodate up to 6,000 students. 59 percent of students at NCU live in the dorms. Telephone facilities and internet access are available in every room. There are also public spaces such as lounges, reading rooms, gyms, table tennis rooms for recreation, entertainment, and study.

Semester Dates

  • This program may require a quarantine upon arrival in Taiwan
  • Please check the NCU Academic Calendar for the most accurate program dates.

Semester Cost

  • $50 Study Abroad Application Fee
  • Mandatory Geo Blue International Health Insurance at a rate of $3 a day (approximately $360 a semester)
  • You pay Main Campus UA Tuition & Fees to do an exchange and receive all of the financial aid you use on main campus.
    • To learn more about how financial aid is applied to studying abroad, please see the official OSFA website.
  • Other estimated costs include but not limited to housing, transportation (air & local), visa, meals, books and supplies
  • UA Study Abroad scholarships are available based on eligibility

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